“This is probably an awkward and embarrassing time for Alec and Hilaria,” the 57-year-old said on January 2. “I’ve been texting Alec the whole time to make sure he’s OK and if he needs anything.”
Billy’s wife, Chynna Phillips — who is a member of the musical group Wilson Phillips — added, “My family has been through this before. I was born in a fishbowl, and this kind of stuff has been happening around me since 1968.”
The 52-year-old singer also took to YouTube to talk about her sister-in-law. “I feel terrible,” she said. “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.”
On Sunday, December 27, one social media user revealed that Hilaria, 36, was actually born in the U.S. and grew up on the East Coast.
Addressing the controversy, Hilaria said, “I’ve seen chatter online questioning my identity and culture. This is something I take very seriously, and for those who are asking — I’ll reiterate my story, as I’ve done many times before. I was born in Boston and grew up spending time with my family between Massachusetts and Spain. My parents and sibling live in Spain and I chose to live here, in the USA.”
Since then, the mom of five has tried to keep a low profile on Instagram and hasn’t posted a photo since December 27.
However, a source exclusively told OK! that she is “secretly loving all this attention.”
"It is usually her husband that claims he is the victim, locked up at home, not able to leave his apartment without the press following him. Now it’s her time, and she is playing the part even better than him,” the insider revealed. “Hilaria is now the center of attention and feels like she is a movie star. All the media coverage is bad, but she doesn’t mind, the whole world is talking about her.”
On December 30, the fitness guru attempted to clear the air — again — while chatting with The New York Times.
“The things I have shared about myself are very clear,” she said. “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.”
Despite the drama, it doesn’t seem like Hilaria will be heading offline anytime soon. “She is shameless. Hilaria has big plans in 2021,” another source told OK!. “Hilaria has always wanted to be famous. She is one of the most thirsty wives of a celebrity in the business. At red carpet events she seeks out the press and isn’t shy about posting half-naked pictures on social media to get attention.”
Page Six was the first to report the news about Billy's feelings toward Hilaria.