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Hilaria Baldwin defends Spanish heritage after online controversy

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Author and social media influencer Hilaria Baldwin on Monday responded to online criticism of her Spanish heritage after she was accused of misrepresenting aspects of her upbringing and her ties to Spain.

Posts about Baldwin’s heritage trended on Twitter over the weekend after The Daily Beast and The Cut pointed out instances in which she can be heard speaking with different accents.

In a video posted to Instagram on Monday, Baldwin said she and her husband, actor Alec Baldwin, are raising their two children to be bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English, and that she “tends to mix” the two languages. While she identifies as white, Baldwin added, her ethnic background includes “many, many things.”

“I’ve seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture. This is something I take very seriously,” she wrote in the video’s caption.

Hilaria Baldwin, who also owns a chain of yoga studios in New York, said in the video that she was born in Boston but spent time in both the U.S. and Spain while growing up. She later attended school in the U.S.

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