The Baldwins had a Spanish-inspired wedding; now, Hilaria is being accused of faking her heritage

This week, Hilaria Baldwin has faced criticism and backlash after claiming she has Spanish roots.

  • Hilaria and Alec Baldwin got married on June 30, 2012.
  • The couple’s wedding incorporated numerous elements of Spanish culture.
  • Now, Hilaria is being accused of faking her Spanish heritage.
  • She has addressed the comments and criticism on her Instagram.

On June 30, 2012, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin had a beautiful wedding that paid tribute to the bride’s Spanish roots. 

The Daily Mail reported that the couple got married at Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in Manhattan. The wedding ceremony incorporated numerous elements of Spanish culture as the bride wished to pay tribute to her roots. On multiple occasions and during various interviews, Hilaria Baldwin has explained that she comes from Mallorca and that she moved to the US when she was 19 years old. Subsequently, she decided to pay tribute to her Spanish roots by having a ‘mantilla-inspired veil’ and a ‘flamenco hand fan’ during her wedding ceremony. In addition to this, the couple chose to have the nuptial readings in both English and Spanish.

The couple’s wedding bands were inscribed in Spanish.

Speaking to People, Hilaria later commented on the wedding as she said, “I liked that I brought in a bit of my culture.” The veil and flamenco hand fan were not the only elements of Spanish culture which the couple incorporated into their wedding. That is, the Daily Mail reported that they also exchanged wedding bands that read “somos un buen equip” (We are a good team). Furthermore, the couple had their first dance to Contigo by the Mexican singer Luis Miguel.

Now, Hilaria has been accused of misrepresenting her background and pretending to be Spanish.

One Twitter user (@lenibriscoe) wrote: “You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.” They went further as they posted a thread with tweets claiming that Hilaria has been faking her accent. In addition to this, @lenibriscoe discussed the background of Hilaria and her parents. While it is true that the woman’s family is currently living in Spain, the Twitter user provided ‘evidence’ that both sides of Hilaria’s family actually originated from Massachusetts.

While Hilaria claimed to have moved to the US when she was 19, former classmates have come forward to dispute this. 

Hilaria explained that she had been raised in Spain and that she had only moved to the United States when she began studying at NYU. However, according to the Daily Mail, several former classmates have come forward to confirm that this is false. More specifically, they claimed that Hilaria was raised in Weston, Massachusetts and that she did not have an accent at the time. One of her former classmates allegedly commented, “I went to high school with her. Genuinely lovely person, I recall, but fully a white girl from Cambridge.” Similarly, another further added, “I went to high school with her. She was perfectly nice and serious about ballroom dancing. Her name was indeed Hillary Hayward-Thomas and she did not have her current accent.”

On her Instagram, Hilaria posted a video in which she addressed the criticism.

I’ve seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture. This is something I take very seriously, and for those who are asking— I’ll reiterate my story, as I’ve done many times before. I was born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain. My parents and sibling live in Spain and I chose to live here, in the USA. We celebrate both cultures in our home—Alec and I are raising our children bilingual, just as I was raised. This is very important to me. I understand that my story is a little different, but it is mine, and I’m very proud of it.

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