Salma Hayek has addressed the recent Hilaria Baldwin ‘Spanish’ scandal, after Alec Baldwin’s wife’s heritage was called into question late last year.
The actress, who starred alongside Alec on 30 Rock and remained friends with the star afterwards, insisted Hilaria is not a bad person for wanting to be Spanish in her ‘alter-ego’ and that ‘we all lie a little’.
Hilaria – who was born Hillary Hayward-Thomas – was shafted into the spotlight after she was supposedly ‘outed’ as being from Boston and accused of lying about being from Spain, while also ‘faking’ a Spanish accent.
The yoga instructor has since insisted she has always been clear about where she was born and anything else is a miscommunication from elsewhere. Her husband Alec stood by his wife, and doubled down on her comments about always being honest on her background.
Speaking on Andy Cohen Live this week, Salma said when asked about Hilaria: ‘Oh my God. That is crazy.
‘Like, you know what, because a lot of my friends ask me, “Oh, did you hear about this? Oh my God ….” We all lie a little bit. She makes my friend happy.’
The star went on: ‘She’s a good, she fooled me because she’s such a good mother, she has five of them. And you know, I don’t care. She, I’m sorry. I know I don’t mean to betray or hurt anybody’s feelings. And I don’t know if it’s right or if it’s wrong and I don’t, I’m not gonna judge somebody just because of that one thing.’
She said: ‘I feel honoured that somebody wants to be, their alter ego is to be like something that is similar to my roots.
‘It makes me feel proud that people are inspired because you know, I am Mexican Lebanese, but my grandparents, my ancestors on my mother’s side are Spanish. I think she’s smart to want to be Spanish. We’re cool.’
Salma went on: ‘You know, it’s a bizarre story… but don’t, we all create our own character in life. I mean, this might be extreme.
‘Okay. I don’t care. She’s not a bad person, a good person, a good mother and a good wife. She makes my friend happy. She’s very kind to me. And that’s all I care about.’
Speaking amid the drama to the New York Times, Hilaria previously said the backlash was ‘very surreal’ and claimed she deliberately decided not to share details of her upbringing in order to protect her not-famous parents, who moved to Spain in 2011.
She further explained that she refers to Spain as ‘home’ because it’s where her parents are.
Hilaria went on: ‘The things I have shared about myself are very clear. 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. 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.’
Alec has stood by his wife and defended her online amid the trolling and accusations.
Replying to Hilaria on Instagram, he wrote: ‘I understood, from day one, that you were born here and raised, for many years, in both the US and Spain. You never claimed you were from Spain. You always maintained you were born here.
‘It is troubling to watch people lie about what you have said and not said. You are the most principled and decent woman I have ever known. You have shared so many valuable insights here and in other sites regarding health, nutrition, fitness, maternity, and wellness on all levels. To say you are fake, in any way, is unbelievable.
‘You are a woman born in America, raised for many years in another land and proud of your dual upbringing. You haven’t faked anything. Ever. It is difficult in our society to be falsely accused. Painful […] And we are left to know the truth and appreciate those others who do as well. You are my life. And as hard as it is now, the dog barks, but the parade goes on. I love you.’
Credit: Original article published here.