Last weekend, Hilaria Baldwin took to Instagram to defend her mixed Spanish-English accent after Twitter users accused her of faking it.
36-year old Hilaria Baldwin, who admitted she was born Hillary Hayward-Thomas in Boston, posted a video on her Instagram story and explained that she grew up between two cultures — Spanish and English.
So, what is known so far about her parents — Dr. Kathryn Hayward and David Thomas?
Dr. Kathryn Hayward was born and raised in Massachusetts by her parents, Charles and Irene Hayward.
Some had suspected her father was Spanish, explaining Hilaria’s upbringing, but he and his wife are both from East Longmeadow in Massachusetts.
Hilaria Baldwin’s parents were both living in Boston when they gave birth to their daughter, Hillary Hayward-Thomas. Yet, according to bios on speaker websites and magazines, Hilaria was born in Mallorca, Spain.
David Thomas claims to have lived in Boston for 37 years, working in real estate law for firms including Nixon Peabody LLP, and volunteering with various associations like Beacon Hill Business Association and Hill House Community Center.
A neighbor, who lives near Hilaria Baldwin’s parents, said she grew up an “entitled young lady” in a fancy $4 million home in the Boston area.
The neighbor, who did not wish to reveal her name, said: “I don’t know what she is talking about. She lived here since she was a child. She didn’t call herself Hilaria then, just Hillary. And she certainly didn’t speak with a Spanish accent. She was a very entitled young lady. Once I was really upset with her and asked her to shut the gate to stop the dog from getting out and she just looked at me and said: ‘I’ve lived here for 19 years,’ and stormed away.”
In 2007, Hilaria Baldwin’s parents founded International Integrators, an organization that helps people “cultivate balance” through integrative health approaches.
This followed the foundation of another integrative health project in 2004 by Dr. Kathryn Hayward, the former assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
The couple retired in 2011 when they moved to Mallorca. In the video shared by Hilaria Baldwin, she said her parents, brother, Jeremy, and nephew all now live in Spain.
Restaurant owner Maria Coll, who runs Es Ginebro Coll in the Majorcan town of Inca where Hilaria’s parents live now, made this humiliating revelation about the family.
According to Coll, she has never seen Hilaria in Spain, and Hayward and Thomas can barely speak Spanish.
The person stated: “I’d read the story about Hilaria Baldwin because it’s been published in the newspapers here, but I hadn’t picked up on the fact she was Jeremy’s sister. Jeremy’s parents understand Spanish and speak it but with a foreign accent, and Jeremy is fairly fluent.”
The business owner added: “I know Jeremy and his Spanish wife because they’ve been regulars for years, and I’ve met his parents. But to the best of my knowledge, Hilaria’s never been here. I didn’t even know Jeremy had a sister.”
Coll went on to say: “But when they’re together here, they speak to each other in English. I can only go by what I’ve read in the papers, but if it’s true that Hilaria wasn’t born in Spain and said she was, it’s a bit odd. It’s not the sort of mistake you’d expect anyone to make.”
Hilaria Baldwin’s husband — actor Alec Baldwin — and her stepdaughter, Ireland Baldwin, have both defended her on social media this week following the rumors around her identity.
In a post to her Instagram story, Ireland Baldwin branded those trying to dig deep into Hilaria’s past as “pathetic.” At the same time, Alec Baldwin also took to Instagram to slam Twitter as a “vast orchard of cr*p.”