Hilaria Baldwin Responds To Claims She Faked Heritage: 'I'm A White Girl'
By Jason Hall
December 28, 2020
Baldwin shared a lengthy video on her Instagram account Sunday (December 27) after accusations of cultural appropriation against her went viral on Twitter over the weekend. The former dancer and Yoga Vida co-founder clarified that she was born in Boston, despite her CAA.com biography having previously listed her as a native of the Spanish island of Mallorca.
"I am a white girl. Let's be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there," Baldwin said in the video. "My family is white. Ethnically, I am a mix of many, many, many things. Culturally, I grew up with two cultures. So it's really as simple as that."
"I've seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture," Baldwin added in the caption of the Instagram video. "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."
Several Twitter users from the Boston area claimed to have attended high school with Baldwin after Twitter user @lenibriscoe accused the former Yoga instructor of committing a "decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person."
tTwitter user, @911wench, shared a photo of her senior yearbook, which features a photo of "Hillary Hayward-Thomas," which is Baldwin's birth name.
MassLive.com reports Baldwin's mother, Dr. Kathryn Hayward, worked as an associate physician at Massachusetts General Hospital and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School until 2012, while her father, David L. Thomas Jr., was a co-founder of The Integrative Health Collaborative in Boston until 2007. The couple reportedly moved to Spain in 2011, the same year Baldwin, then known as "Hilaria Thomas," began dating her future husband.
The Daily Beast reports an obituary for Hilaria Baldwin's grandfather and a wedding announcement both claimed he had ancestors in the United States proceeding the American Revolution, while her grandmother was reported to be from Nebraska.
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