Alec Baldwin leaves Twitter after wife fakes Spanish heritage

Alec Baldwin leaves Twitter ‘for now’ dubbing it ‘a party where everyone is screaming’ – after wife Hilaria was exposed for ‘faking her Spanish heritage’ when she was born and grew up in Boston

  • Alec Baldwin left Twitter on Monday amid fall-out from wife Hilaria’s fake accent scandal 
  • SNL actor called the social media site a ‘party where everyone is screaming’ and said ‘goodbye for now’
  • The scandal started with a tweet on December 21 accusing Hilaria of a ‘decades long grift’ to fake her Spanish heritage
  • The message went viral and led to people finding examples of Baldwin using a Spanish accent and then a US accent
  • Hilaria admitted she was born in Boston, not in Majorca, as previously claimed

Alec Baldwin appeared to leave Twitter on Monday amid the fall-out from wife Hilaria’s on-going scandal in which she was accused of faking her Spanish heritage and accent. 

The 62-year-old SNL actor posted a tweet at 9:45am saying: ‘Twitter is like a party where everyone is screaming. Not much of a party. Goodbye for now.’   

The Academy Award-nominee’s departure from the social media site is the latest episode in the unfolding scandal around his wife and mother of their five children, Hilaria, who has been accused of faking her Spanish heritage when she was born in Boston, Massachusetts.     

The 30-Rock star previously defended his 36-year-old wife saying in a video in December where he called Twitter is ‘a lot of s***’.

Baldwin, who previously won an Emmy for his portrayal of President Donald Trump on SNL, added: ‘You have to kind of hack your way through the debris of Twitter. Twitter is just a vast orchard of cr**.’

On January 3 Hilaria Baldwin’s sister-in-law Chynna Phillips defended her in a YouTube video Tuesday saying: ‘It’s an awkward and embarrassing time for her’. 

Alec Baldwin said he was leaving Twitter ‘for now’, calling the website ‘a party where everyone is screaming’ in the aftermath of his wife Hilaria’s scandal where she was accused of faking her Spanish heritage

The SNL star has defended his wife over the last month, claiming things are posted online that are ‘untrue’.

A tweet on December 21 sparked the whole scandal, in which the poster accused Hilaria of faking her heritage when she grew up in the US

The online frenzy began on December 21 when a woman tweeted: ‘You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person.’   

In the next few days several videos of Hilaria’s past TV appearances resurfaced showing her commitment to a Spanish accent, including one in 2015 where she seemingly forgot the English word for ‘cucumber’.   

A video of Alec on The Late Show in 2013 emerged days after in which he impersonated his wife’s ‘Spanish’ accent, telling David Letterman: ‘My wife is from Spain.’

And Hilaria herself indicated in one 2020 interview that she moved from Spain to the US when she was 19 to attend New York University.

Hilaria’s biography on her agency’s speakers site stated that she was born on the island of Majorca and raised in Boston, without specifying a timeline for her upbringing. 

Her agency later removed that reference and simply listed her professional work history after. 

While Hilaria has long described her mother as Spanish, records revealed that Hayward is in fact a fourth-generation Massachusetts resident.

She was was born Hillary Hayward-Thomas to Dr Kathryn Hayward and David Thomas, who worked as professors in the US for years before retiring to Majorca in 2011, according to Page Six.

She attended $64,900-a-year The Cambridge School of Weston in Massachusetts. 

Several former classmates came forward to confirm that Hilaria was in fact raised in Weston, Massachusetts, by professor parents without a hint of a foreign accent. 

Majorcan friends of her parents, who moved to the Spanish island in 2011, said last month that she speaks to them in English. 

In January it was revealed that in 2009 she took two attempts to fill out her W9 tax form, dithering between two names, before filling in the name she was born with. 

Days after the scandal erupted Hilaria posted a rambling seven-minute video to Instagram in which she said: ‘Yes, I am a white girl. I am a white girl.’

She added: ‘Let’s be very clear that Europe has a lot of white people in there and 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.’  

Her video sparked a flurry of memes with some jokingly comparing her to Rachel Dolezal and Jessica Krug.

Krug, a professor of African American history at George Washington University, pretended to be black her entire career; Dolezal, a former NAACP leader, was unmasked as a white woman in 2015.     

Hilaria later told the New York Times of the scandal: ‘There is not something I’m doing wrong, and I think there is a difference between hiding and creating a boundary.

‘I was born in Boston. I spent time in Boston and in Spain. My family now lives in Spain. I moved to New York when I was 19 years old and I have lived here ever since,’ she told the paper. ‘For me, I feel like I have spent 10 years sharing that story over and over again. And now it seems like it’s not enough.’    

When the original poster of the Tweet was asked what she would like to say to Hilaria, she replied: ‘I would say she should say sorry to all the immigrants and English second language learners and moms of color who are actually mistaken for their children’s nannies’.

Baldwin and Hilaria are parents to five children – daughter Carmen, seven, and sons Rafael, five, Leonardo, four, Romeo, two, and Eduardo, four months. 


How she met Alec: 

Hilaria claimed that she told husband Alec from the off that she was from Boston despite his now infamous 2013 Letterman interview in which he claimed she is Spanish. 

‘My wife is from Spain,’ the 62-year-old had said. 

‘I walked by him,’ Hilaria told the Times of meeting Alec in a vegan restaurant in 2011. 

‘He said, “Where are you from?” And I said, “I’m from Boston.” That was the first thing I said, that has always been my narrative.’

Yet, two years later, Alec was on Letterman saying she was from Spain, which she did not give an explaination for. 

Why her Spanish accent changes: 

Hilaria says that despite being raised in Boston, she speaks in English with a Spanish accent depending on her emotions at the time.  

The Today Show incident:

The 36-year-old also claimed she was confused about the word for cucumber on the ‘Today Show’ because she was nervous to be on live TV for one of the first times. 

Yet she is clearly heard asking for the word in English. 

How much time she has spent in Spain:

Hilaria now says that she was born in Boston but started to visit Spain annually as a baby, implying she only vacationed in the country. 

She has previously only spoken about the Spanish island Mallorca where her parents and older brother like but not claims to have spent most of their family vacation time on mainland Spain in Madrid, Seville and Valencia. 

She told the Times that Spain ‘was part of my childhood’ but could not say how much time she had spent there in total.  

Claim she went to school in Spain:  

‘Sometimes there was school involved. Sometimes it was vacation. It was such a mix, mishmash, is that the right word? Like a mix of different things.’

In the interview, Hilaria suggested that she went to school in Spain but there is not evidence of this.  

Her move to NYC: 

The story she told the New York Times leaves ambiguity on whether she moved to New York from Spain as she has previously said or whether she moved from another part of the US. 

‘I was born in Boston. I spent time in Boston and in Spain. My family now lives in Spain. I moved to New York when I was 19 years old and I have lived here ever since,’ she told the Times.

‘For me, I feel like I have spent 10 years sharing that story over and over again. And now it seems like it’s not enough.’

Yet Hilaria had previously said she moved from Spain.   

Profiles stating she was born in Spain: 

Hilaria alleges that she did not know that magazine ¡Hola! had written that she is Spanish as she does not read pieces about herself. 

And claims that talent organization Creative Artists Agency must have pulled their bio that states she was born in Mallorca, Spain, from the internet without fact checking.     

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