Hillary Thomas-Hayward officially became Hilaria Baldwin when she married husband Alec at a celebrity wedding, with tributes to her claimed Spanish roots. The bride wore a mantilla-inspired veil and cooled off with a flamenco hand fan in both English and Spanish.
It would be another eight years before it was alleged that Hilaria misrepresented her background when a woman tweeted last week, "You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin's commitment to her ten-year Grift posing as Spaniard."
The 36-year-old has given countless interviews boasting about her childhood and family in Mallorca, claiming she moved to the United States when she was 19 to attend New York University.
The mother of five sometimes speaks with Spanish flair and once forgot the English word for "pickle" while cooking on the Today show.
Hilaria admitted in a sprawling video over the weekend that her real name is Hillary, she was born in Boston, she only spent part of her childhood in Spain and made it clear that she is a white girl.
But in 2012, on June 30, 2012, Hilaria included several Spanish elements in her wedding with 175 guests and claimed to the people at the time: "I thought it was good that I brought a bit of my culture with me."
Hillary Thomas-Hayward officially became Hilaria Baldwin when she married husband Alec at a celebrity wedding, with tributes to her claimed Spanish roots. The bride wore a mantilla-inspired veil and cooled off with a flamenco hand fan and wedding readings in both English and Spanish
Hilaria considered several elements of the country's culture at her wedding to 175 guests in June 2012 and recently stated in her statement on her background that 44 people from Spain had traveled to this event
Although Hilaria's parents retired to Spain in 2011, they spent much of their lives in the United States. While Hilaria has long described her mother as Spanish, records show that Dr. Kathryn Hayward is actually the fourth generation to live in Massachusetts. Hilaria's father's family is even more closely connected to the United States as they lived here before the American Revolution
It was alleged that Hilaria was feigning her background when a woman tweeted last week, "You must admire Hilaria Baldwin's dedication to her decades of grift posing as Spaniard."
The couple married in the basilica of St. Patrick & # 39; s Old Cathedral in Manhattan. The wedding included readings in English and Spanish.
Hilaria put on a long white lace veil that was embroidered on the crown of her head, reminiscent of a mantilla, a traditional Spanish lace that was worn over the head and shoulders.
She later said to People, "I loved that I brought a bit of my culture with me."
During her vows, Hilaria can also be seen fanning herself with a flamenco hand fan.
The couple exchanged wedding rings that read "somos un buen equipo" – which means "we are a good team" in English.
The Lovebirds had their first dance to Contigo by Luis Miguel and when they were celebrating their third birthday, Hilaria presented a video montage of their wedding with the song Ave Maria playing over the clip.
In a previous interview, she said she walked down the aisle and stated it was one of her favorite songs in Spanish, even though the song is Latin.
Even the couple's proposal was an ode to Spain.
When Alec proposed in the Hamptons just three months earlier, Hilaria told Extra TV that he chose Montauk because it was "as close as possible to Spain, to my family."
Later that year, Hilaria spoke to Vanity Fair España about her marital bliss and dropped an anecdote about how her family couldn't understand how to pronounce her new surname – Baldwin.
The translated article reads, “Right now, she confesses, she has learned enough to spell her new last name.
& # 39; & # 39; I had to repeat it to my family three times: Baldddwinnn. And the third time they said: Oh, we already know who it is! Why didn't you pronounce it correctly the first time? & # 39; & # 39;
During her vows, Hilaria can also be seen fanning herself with a flamenco hand fan. Pictured: Hilaria and Alec on their way to their wedding on June 30, 2012
Guests at the wedding in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood included Woody Allen and his wife Soon-Yi, and Robert Kennedy Jr.
Other guests included Baldwin's 30-rock co-star Tina Fey, brothers Stephen and Billy Baldwin, and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels
The couple married in the basilica of St. Patrick & # 39; s Old Cathedral in Manhattan. The wedding included readings in English and Spanish
Although Hilaria's parents retired to Spain in 2011, they spent much of their lives in the United States.
While Hilaria has long described her mother as Spanish, records show that Dr. Kathryn Hayward is actually the fourth generation to live in Massachusetts.
She can even be seen in an unearthed video clip about growing up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, where she spent most of her medical career.
Dr. Hayward's father and Hilaria's grandfather Charles & # 39; Chuck & # 39; Hayward was born and raised in Massachusetts, as did his late wife Irene.
Dr. Hayward became an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She gave birth to Hillary in January 1984 in Boston – not Mallorca, as previously claimed by the influencer.
Hilaria's father's family is even more closely connected to the United States as they lived here before the American Revolution. He was an active volunteer for the Beacon Hill Civic Association during his 37 years in Boston, reports the New York Post.
Born Hillary Hayward-Thomas, Hilaria attended the Cambridge School of Weston, Massachusetts exclusively, featured in the yearbook and listed as a 2002 alumni.
Hilaria claimed in April of that year that she moved to New York from Spain in 2003 to attend New York University.
"I came to school and never left," she said in an interview titled Motherhood, Marriage and Miscarriages.
Hilaria's parents did not retire to Spain until 2011 when Hilaria was 27 years old
Born Hillary Hayward-Thomas, Hilaria attended the Cambridge School of Weston, Massachusetts exclusively, featured in the yearbook and listed as a 2002 alumni
& # 39; So cringe & # 39;: Hilaria later shared never before seen snapshots of herself in Spain on Instagram
Alec Baldwin appeared exhausted as he ran errands in the Hamptons on Monday, just a day after defending his wife, Hilaria, on allegations that she had faked her Spanish heritage
Alec shot critics on Twitter Monday night in response to a post on a human opinion essay criticizing Hilaria for the "exaggerated" accent she adopted as an adult. Alec replied: & # 39; Fake? Exaggerated? Set an accent as an adult? As a child she lived in Spain for many years. She lived in both places.
Several former classmates also came forward to confirm that Hilaria was indeed raised in Weston, Massachusetts by professorial parents with no hint of a foreign accent.
I went to high school with her. I remember she's a really nice person, but an all white Cambridge girl, ”one wrote.
Another added, “I went to high school with her. She was very nice and serious about ballroom dancing. Her real name was Hillary Hayward-Thomas, and she didn't have her current accent. & # 39;
Hilaria's accent also only wavered last week when she went to Instagram Live to respond to a prank post by comedian Amy Schumer.
Schumer had shared a photo of Hilaria posing in lingerie with her newborn son Eduardo Pau Lucas, along with a caption that Schumer painted as the person in the snapshot.
Wanting to suppress the firestorm on social media in her video on Sunday, Hilaria said she spent "part" of her childhood in Spain and "part" in Massachusetts, where she was born. She claimed that her whole family now lives in Spain.
The influencer has the cover of the Spanish magazine Hola! where she was identified as a Spanish person throughout the interview.
Her husband Alec also called her Spanish.
Defending his wife on Instagram, he said, "Most of what has been said and – again, I don't want to enumerate what those things are – is wrong. And some of it is so spectacularly wrong. & # 39;
"There has been a lot of back and forth my whole life," said Mom Brain's podcaster.
“Yes, I am a white girl. I'm a white girl, ”admitted the 36-year-old influencer. “Let us make it very clear that there are many white people in Europe and my family is white. Ethnically, I'm a mix of many, many, many things. & # 39;
Hilaria Baldwin (left), who was recently called to present herself as a Spaniard, appeared on a Today Show segment in which she apparently forgot the English word for "cucumber".
“And I'm really happy that I grew up speaking two different languages and try to raise my children so that they can speak two languages too. And that is very important to me, especially when I have my family abroad. & # 39;
“Let us make it very clear that there are many white people in Europe and my family is white. Ethnically, I'm a mix of many, many, many things. Culturally, I grew up with two cultures, so it's really that simple, ”said Hilaria on Sunday.
Hilaria added, "Yes, I'm a different kind of Bostonian, but I am, and you can't change your background – and neither do I – I'm really, really proud of who I am."
Hilaria noted that & # 39; 44 people from Spain & # 39; attended her wedding to Oscar nominee Alec Baldwin in 2012, but she has been with her family since September 2019 because of & # 39; the pandemic & # 39; no longer seen.
The NYU alum and her 62-year-old husband gave all five children Spanish names – daughter Carmen Gabriela, 7; Son Rafael Thomas, 5; Son Leonardo Ángel, 4; Son Romeo Alejandro, 2; and son Eduardo & # 39; Edu & # 39; Pao Lucas, 3 months.
Mom Brain's podcaster said, “And I'm really happy that I grew up speaking two different languages and try to raise my kids so they can speak two languages too. And that is very important to me, especially when I have my family abroad. & # 39;
Hilaria's official agency biography has been edited to remove any mention of her links to Spain. The bio will appear at the top before the last line has been deleted
Regarding her name, Hilaria said she would use Hillary in the US and Hilaria in Spain.
“My whole family calls me Hilaria.
It always bothered me that none of the names sound good in the other language. So I would use one or the other, ”she said.
“A few years before I met Alec, I decided to consolidate the two … It means happy in both languages. I think we can all be really clear that it's the same name, just a few letters difference, so I don't think we should get upset about it. & # 39; She stated that when she was young she tried to be her "coolest me" but "when you get older you just hug who you are and you just want to be open about it and that's what I try to do here & # 39 ;.
Hilaria – with 852,000 Instagram followers – later shared her Instagram story that she had never seen before in Spain.
She also shared a text from her brother in Spanish and concluded: "I have said my piece."
Alec spoke about the & # 39; spectacularly wrong & # 39; Printing allegations, saying, & # 39; And as it hurts, the only thing I can do is speak to half the public, or the part of the public who will understand what I mean when I say, "Look at." You the source. " It's a sunny day here. We will enjoy a sunny day – me and my little pack. & # 39;
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