Inside Alec and Hilaria Baldwin's marriage: Actor's wife stony-faced after hearing charges against him

Inside Alec and Hilaria Baldwin's marriage: Actor's wife stony-faced after hearing charges against him
Hilaria Baldwin, who got married to Alec Baldwin in 2012, remained impassive hours after the charges against her husband were announced (Jason Mendez/Getty Images/DailyMail/video screenshot)

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: Hilaria Baldwin was spotted outside her Greenwich Village home with stone-cold glares as she picked up her children after school on Thursday, January 17. This comes hours after it was announced her husband, Alec Baldwin, will be charged with involuntary manslaughter over the 2021 accidental shooting of cinematographer, Halyna Hutchins, on the New Mexico set of the movie ‘Rust', and could be sent to prison for five years.

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Prior to this, Hilaria faced backlash for "seeking attention" as she was caught leaving her home wearing pleather leggings and pearl-embellished slippers just hours before New Mexico prosecutors announced that they would charge Alec. But this is not the first time, Hilaria was bashed for allegedly faking her Spanish accent and heritage in the past. However, she defended herself on July 9, 2021, post saying, "I had a very special experience-I spent time with my family for the first time in nearly 2 years, due to Covid. We talked about how we grew up, our languages, our cultures-multi& very valid. We discussed belonging& how there are people who want to deny others their right to belong." She went on to detail the challenges faced by those who are "multi" cultured, including the need to "explain" oneself and "fit into a world of labels."

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Hilaria said, "It can feel hard to belong. You are constantly going back and forth, trying to be more this or more that. You will never quite fit in because the other parts of you shape and influence all your parts. Nothing inside you can truly exist in a segregated environment. It’s not a light switch that cleanly switches on &off-more of a sliding dial that simply shifts through a rainbow of colors."

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Inside Alec and Hilaria Baldwin's decade-long relationship

During an interview in 2012, she shared the details of how she first met Alec while at a restaurant in New York City in 2011. “I was standing near the door with my friends, when he walked up and took my hand and said, ‘I must know you,'" she recalled as per New York Times. He gave her his phone number and, though Hilaria said she was unsure at first, she eventually called him and they set up a date. Hilaria told BEACH magazine in 2013 that she and Alec didn't have their first kiss right away. "He shook my hand for six weeks. We'd have the most romantic dinner date, and afterward he'd drop me off at my house and shake my hand," as per Daily Mail.

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The pair started dating in the summer of 2011 and Alec proposed to her in April 2012. They officially tied the knot in June of that year in a star-studded wedding ceremony at the Basilica of St Patrick's Old Cathedral in New York, reports Insider. During an interview with People at the time, Hilaria shared the process behind finding her wedding gown. She said, “I originally went in [to Amsale] wanting something very simple. I tried on maybe three dresses: one was short, one was a big poofy thing and then this one, I loved it.”

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Welcoming their first baby in 2013

On August 23, 2013, they announced the birth of their first child, Carmen Gabriela. At the time, Alec spoke about his family and the difficult custody battle for his now 27-year-old daughter, Ireland, with actress and his first wife Kim Basinger. He said, “It’s a second chance for me, in a way. Everybody knows I had a pretty unpleasant custody battle for Ireland," as per People. Nearly two years after welcoming their daughter, Hilaria posted a photo on Instagram announcing the birth of their second child. She wrote, "We are happy to announce the birth of Rafael Thomas Baldwin."



 

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The age gap of 25 years 

Alec, 62, spoke about 39-year-old Hilaria's influence on his parenting style and how the age gap has impacted how they raise their children. He said, "I’m a lot older, and when I grew up there was none of this bargaining and negotiating you do with kids now. Making them understand. My father was like ‘Oh, I’ll make you understand!’ My mother used to hit us with a curtain rod, you know, people used to hit their kids with kitchen utensils. But [Hilaria] is the best mommy, she respects them, she honours them," as per Elle Decor.



 

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Renewed wedding vows in 2017

On June 30, 2017, the couple had a ceremony to renew their wedding vows, as per People. Their children as well as Alec’s daughter with Basinger attended the occasion. Hilaria wore a champagne-colored, floor-length gown, while Alec donned a black suit.



 

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Hilaria's relationship with her stepdaughter

After receiving criticism for not mentioning Ireland when talking about her family, Hilaria in a long Instagram post, along with a photo of her and Ireland. She wrote, "I rarely address being a stepmom, but it is part of our family. I always want to deal with it with such care...so often you hear horror stories about evil stepparents and I wanted to make sure I did right by the family I was stepping into when I married Alec. I love my stepdaughter as much as I love my biological children and I become a mommy lioness when I see comments that insinuate otherwise. Having a stepchild is a delicate matter. Especially one who is grown." She added by saying, "I think my relationship with her has been so successful because I never tried to step in as her mommy. She has a good mother, who I have tremendous respect for...and I put myself in Kim’s shoes: if my children ever had a stepmother, I’d want her to let me be number one. When I met Ireland, I said to Alec: if she is not ok with our relationship, I cannot go further. Family is first and she needed to be ok with me. We have never had a fight or a bad moment. Nor have I with her mother. Ireland and I love each other and she knows that I am here for her."

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Hilaria speaks out after 'Rust' shooting in October 2021

Days after the incident, Hilaria addressed her fears about her husband developing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). At the time, she and her family drove to Vermont from their home in New York City. She told, “I didn’t know where I was going, I just drove. I just drove around and around and around with my kids. I drove around for an entire day trying to find a place," as per New York Post. She further stated, "I brought [Alec] up here because we have to mourn Halyna’s death,” she said. “Alec had a really traumatic thing happen, and I am trying to limit the PTSD. You look at what happens to soldiers and police officers when something like this happens, it’s traumatic. We just came up here for quiet. He needs space for me to take care of him and his mental health. It’s an awful thing that happened."

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'We will fight these charges'

Commenting on it, Alec's attorney, Luke Nikas said, "This decision distorts Halyna Hutchins’ tragic death and represents a terrible miscarriage of justice. Mr Baldwin had no reason to believe there was a live bullet in the gun — or anywhere on the movie set. He relied on the professionals with whom he worked, who assured him the gun did not have live rounds. We will fight these charges, and we will win," as per NBC. 

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