Hilaria Baldwin has spoken out against the allegations that she’s spent years pretending to be Spanish, accusing critics in a new interview of “misrepresenting” her.
In case you missed the drama, last week an online backlash began after it was claimed that Hilaria has been exaggerating her Spanish heritage for years after changing her birth name, Hilary, and faking an accent.
The backlash became so severe that Hilaria took to Instagram the following day in order to respond to the various allegations.
She went on to say that her changing accent was the result of being raised bilingual, and fluctuates when she’s “nervous or upset,” before adding that she chooses to go by “Hilaria” rather than her birth name “Hilary” because that’s what her family calls her.
However, backlash continued with many people taking issue with the notion of an American appearing to appropriate an immigrant experience. And so Hilaria has spoken out again in a new interview with The New York Times to explain the confusion over her heritage in more detail.
Hilaria began by addressing some of the claims in the viral tweets about her heritage, including the moment where she seemingly forgot the word for “cucumber” in an interview. She explained she was nervous about appearing on live TV and described the moment as a “brain fart.”
“It’s very surreal,” she went on. “There is not something I’m doing wrong, and I think there’s a difference between hiding and creating a boundary. Today we have an opportunity to clarify for people who have been confused — and have been confused in some ways by people misrepresenting me.”
Hilaria then said that the confusion over her heritage is the result of her making a conscious decision to avoid detailing her upbringing in order to protect her parents from the media scrutiny that comes when she shares too much.
Hilaria then explained that she’d spent time in Spain as a child but declined to detail exactly how long. However, she said she refers to the country as “home” now because her parents have lived there since 2011.
“Home is where my parents are going to be,” she said of the confusion around referring to Spain as “home” in her Instagram travel posts. “If my parents move to China, I am going to go to China and say, ‘I’m going home.'”
“My intention is not to be an American TV personality,” she concluded. “My intention is not to be a Spanish TV personality. My intention is to talk about health and fitness and being a mom. You are entitled to your privacy, I am entitled to my privacy.”
You can read the full interview with Hilaria Baldwin here.