Hilaria Baldwin’s sister-in-law singer Chynna Phillips is defending her after she was exposed for faking her Spanish identity for years even though she was born in Boston saying, 'She’s a good woman and none of us are perfect.'
Phillips, who wrote the hit 'Hold On' with her girl group Wilson Phillips in 1990, spoke out on Tuesday on her Christian-themed YouTube series .
'I feel terrible. Who’s going to throw the first stone at my sweet sister-in-law? She’s a good woman and you know, none of us are perfect. We all have issues and we all have our thing,' she said.
'This is probably an awkward and embarrassing time for Alec and Hilaria. I’ve been texting Alec the whole time to make sure he’s okay and if he needs anything,' she said to Page Six Tuesday.
Phillips is married to William 'Billy' Baldwin, the actor brother of Hilaria's husband Alec Baldwin.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In the controversy Hilaria, 36, who she shares five kids with Alec, has come under fire for acting like she was Spanish, faking a Spanish accent when speaking English and in one live televised interview pretended she didn’t know know the English word for 'cucumber'.
Hilaria Baldwin’s sister-in-law singer Chynna Phillips defended her in a YouTube video on Tuesday saying, 'I feel terrible. Who’s going to throw the first stone at my sweet sister-in-law? She’s a good woman and you know, none of us are perfect'
Hilaria was pictured for the first time since since she was forced to confess she had been born in Boston and not the Spanish island of Majorca as she stepped out for a stroll with her kids and husband Alec Baldwin in the Hamptons on Saturday
Phillips is married to William 'Billy' Baldwin (together above in 2010), the brother of Hilaria's husband Alec Baldwin
She has admitted that she was born in Boston to American parents, not in Majorca, Spain, as previously claimed. She later blamed the confusion on misinformed media reports.
A resurfaced blog post written by her father in 2015 reveals that she got her love for Spain from her dad, who wrote: 'My path in life has been heavily influenced by Spanish language and culture, and not because I have one iota of latin blood in my veins.'
Her father, David L Thomas Jr, wrote about his fascination with Spain on International Integrator’s website, the company he founded with his wife Dr. Kathryn Hayward.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
In the post he claims that he had a 'life changing' encounter with a Spanish priest while on a train bound for Madrid, and this man became a friend who helped him 'become thoroughly immersed in Spanish life and culture.'
Then when he and Hayward retired in 2011 they moved to the Spanish island Majorca. Hilaria was 27 at the time.
A newly resurfaced 2009 W-4 document reveals Hilaria took two attempts to get her own name right and scribbled out her first try to write her name, after adopting Hilaria, the Spanish version of 'Hillary', as her name for years.
Hilaria's parents David L. Thomas Jr and Dr. Kathryn Hayward moved to the Spanish island of Majorca after retirement in 2011 when Hilaria was 27
A resurfaced blog post written by her father in 2015 reveals that she got her love for Spain from her dad, who wrote: 'My path in life has been heavily influenced by Spanish language and culture, and not because I have one iota of latin blood in my veins'
Hilaria revealed the truth about her upbringing in a rambling Instagram video on Sunday, saying: 'Yes, I am a white girl. I am a white girl. 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'
The document shows she finally decided on Hillary L. Hayward-Thomas - the name she was born with - on her second attempt.
She was pictured for the first time since she was forced to confess she had been born in Boston as she stepped out for a stroll with her kids and husband in the Hamptons on Saturday.
The online frenzy over Hilaria's heritage was sparked 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.'
Hilaria seemed to lose any hint of an accent last week when she took to Instagram Live to clarify the issue.
Family outing: Alec put a protective arm around his wife as she carried their youngest child in a sling for the walk in the Hamptons on Saturday
Hilaria was joined by at least three of their other children and two nannies before Alec joined them on Saturday in the Hamptons
After the accusations she 'faked' her Spanish heritage, Hilaria Baldwin confessed that her real name is Hillary and she was actually born in Boston, not Majorca
While Hilaria has long described her mother as Spanish, records revealed that Hayward is in fact a fourth-generation Massachusetts resident who spent most of her career practicing medicine in Longmeadow.
Kathryn went on to become an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. She have birth to Hillary in January 1984 in Boston.
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: