Hilaria Baldwin said she is “proud” of her heritage after viral social media posts suggested she’s fabricating her accent and her ties to Spain.
The mother of five said in an Instagram post Sunday that she 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,” wrote Baldwin, who is married to actor Alec Baldwin.
“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.”
The post from Baldwin, 36, comes days after a series of tweets and videos from the Twitter user @lenibriscoe accused Baldwin of speaking with different accents.
“You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person,” read one of the tweets.
On Sunday, Baldwin wrote in her Instagram post that she’s “seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture.”
She continued, “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.”
Baldwin also included a video in her Instagram post in which she further addressed the situation.
“In this country, I would use the name Hillary, and in Spain, I would use the name Hilaria. ... I identify more with Hilaria because that’s what my family calls me.”
Later in the video, she said, “Yes, I am a white girl. Let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there. My family is white. Ethnically, I am a mix of many, many, many things. Culturally, I grew up with the two cultures.”