Hilaria Baldwin has been pictured in public for the first time since she made the shock announcement that she and husband Alec had welcomed a sixth child via an unnamed surrogate, just six months after the yoga guru gave birth to her fifth child, son Eduardo.
The 37-year-old mother-of-six, who unveiled her newborn daughter Lucia to the world on Monday, was seen enjoying some alone time while out for a walk near the family’s home in the Hamptons on Thursday – the same day that she spoke of how her five other kids had ‘craved’ a baby sister after she miscarried a daughter at the end of 2019, just over a year before they welcomed their newest arrival.
Hilaria wrapped up warm for her active excursion, wearing shiny black leggings, a thick black puffer coat, black Uggs, and a pair of white Beats by Dre headphones. She also carried her iPhone in her hand and appeared to be speaking – suggesting that she was chatting to someone through her wireless headphones while out for her stroll.
Exclusive images of her outing come amid furious speculation about the identity of her anonymous surrogate, which prompted Alec, 62, to unleash a bitter tirade against Instagram users who questioned the details of Lucia’s birth, with the SNL star telling one person to ‘shut the f*** up and mind your own business’.
But while the couple have kept details of their daughter’s birth very much under wraps, Hilaria did hint that they did not rely on sperm or egg donors for Lucia’s conception when she described the little girl and her brother Eduardo, six months, as being ‘almost like twins’ in an Instagram post.
Alone time: Hilaria Baldwin has been pictured in public for the first time since making the surprise announcement that she and SNL star Alec had welcomed a sixth child, just six months after she gave birth to her fifth baby Eduardo
Active: The 37-year-old mother-of-six was seen enjoying a stroll near the family’s home in the Hamptons on Thursday, the same day that she spoke out about how her children had ‘craved a sister’ after she miscarried a daughter at the end of 2019
Wrapped up: Hilaria donned a thick black puffer jacket over a pink shirt, along with shiny black leggings, black Ugg boots, and a pair of white Beats by Dre headphones
Chit chat? She looked as though she may have been chatting with someone on the phone through her wireless headphones
‘María Lucía Victoria and Eduardo Pau Lucas: our babies who bring light into our lives—almost like twins, we love you so much,’ she wrote in the caption while sharing an image of the siblings lying alongside one another.
It is not known exactly when Lucia was born or conceived, though it is likely that the surrogate got pregnant in mid-2020, after Hilaria had announced that she was pregnant with her fifth child Eduardo. At the time, the couple already had one girl, seven-year-old Carmen, as well as three other boys, Rafael, five, Leonardo, four, and Romeo, two.
In her Instagram post, Hilaria did not offer up any more information about the surrogacy, though she did pay tribute to the ‘angels’ who helped to bring her newborn baby into the world.
‘Our hearts are filled with so much gratitude,’ Hilaria wrote.
She also shared some insight into why the family chose to welcome another newborn just six months after the yoga guru gave birth to fifth child Eduardo, revealing that her children ‘craved’ a little sister, particularly after she miscarried her unborn daughter four months into her pregnancy at the end of 2019.
‘The Baldwinitos craved so much to have a little sister,’ she went on, using a Spanish suffix to indicate her children, or the ‘little Baldwins.’
Lost in thought: Hilaria was seen checking her phone as she walked near a public beach in East Hampton, where she has spent much of her time since furious controversy erupted over claims she faked her Spanish heritage
Worn out? She wore her jacket zipped right up in an attempt to stay warm in the chilly winter weather, and looked a bit tired
Solo: Hilaria was not pictured with anyone else, having presumably left her husband Alec at home with the children – who are also known to have nannies who help with their care
On the go: Hilaria was seen walking by a white home with an American flag design on the white siding
Bundled up: The mom-of-six didn’t have gloves and walked with her hands in her pocket to keep them warm
Added touch: A pink T-shirt peeked out from underneath her jacket, adding a pop of color to her all-black outfit
Juggling act: Hilaria was seen checking her phone while walking past a wooded area on her solo stroll
Ready to move: Hilaria’s long dark hair was pulled back into a sporty ponytail for the stroll
Chilly: Weather in the Hamptons this week has been in the mid-30s, just shy of freezing temperatures
Feeling the chill? Hilaria looked a bit cold as she tucked her chin into her coat during her walk
Information: On the day off her walk, Hilaria shared some more information about the arrival of daughter Lucia and hinted that she and Alec did not use sperm and egg donors, describing the baby girl and her brother Edu (seen) as ‘almost like twins’
Surprise! Hilaria, 37, and Alex, 62, had shocked fans on Monday by revealing that they’d already welcomed a sixth child nearly six months after baby Eduardo was born
‘Many of you may remember the loss of their sister at 4 months in the end of 2019. There isn’t a day that goes by where we don’t ache for our daughter,’ she went on.
Hilaria shared a post that referenced her family’s ‘grief’ over her miscarriage, the ‘blessing’ of rainbow baby Edu, and how their two youngest are ‘almost like twins’
‘When I found out our baby had died, I told our children that their sister was going to come, just not at that time. Nothing will ever replace her, but two wonderful souls have come into our lives, and we are humbled to know them.’
The wellness expert looked a bit tired when she stepped out for her walk on Thursday, no doubt a result of juggling six young children.
Hilaria opened up about her family’s newest additions on her Instagram Stories on Friday, sharing some of the difficulties that come with caring for two infants.
‘Having two small babies is so fun and cute. There are also challenges,’ she wrote. ‘Like Lucia just had an explosion and I have Eduardo rolling around…so I’m just gonna lay here, covered in poop, entertaining. Edu…until I get a genius idea how to get out of this [poop] situation.’
The mom followed up the candid post with a picture of herself lying in bed with Lucia in her arms and Eduardo sleeping on a pillow between her bare legs. She let her viewers know it was a victory by playing Queen’s We Are the Champions.
Busy mom: Hilaria opened up about her family’s newest additions on her Instagram Stories on Friday, sharing that Lucia had a poop ‘explosion,’ before posting a photo of them cuddled in bed
Mom life: She also shared footage of baby Eduardo saying, ‘Mama,’ and her young son Romeo making her a coffee
New baby: Hilaria has shared her ‘gratitude’ for her new daughter, writing that her other children ‘craved’ a little sister
Sis: She wrote that the whole family continues to ‘ache’ from the miscarriage that Hilaria suffered in 2019 at four months gestation (oldest daughter Carmen with Lucía)
‘Ya,’ she captioned the image, which shows her wearing a baggy mauve T-shirt while cuddling with her youngest children.
How does surrogacy work and how much does it cost?
Surrogacy is when a woman carries a baby for a couple who are unable to conceive or carry a child themselves.
The process can cost upwards of $100,000 for a couple, depending on the exact procedure they choose.
Couples who opt to welcome a child via a surrogate may include those who have suffered recurrent miscarriages, repeated IVF failures, premature menopause or a hysterectomy.
The risks of being a surrogate mother are the same as for every pregnancy, and include nausea, heart burn and back ache.
In extreme cases, surrogates can suffer high blood pressure or gestational diabetes.
This involves using the surrogate’s egg and the intended father’s sperm.
It is the least expensive and simplest form of the procedure.
Host surrogacy requires IVF with either the intended mother’s eggs or donor eggs rather than those of the surrogate.
In this case, the surrogate is genetically unrelated to the baby.
Donor eggs can be from friends or relatives, or anonymously donated.
What are the laws?
The laws around surrogacy vary from state to state, however across the majority of the US surrogacy is legal for all parents, but may be ‘dependent on various factors or venue’.
In some states, parents are required to carry out additional post-birth legal procedures with their surrogate to define the terms of the agreement, and the paternity of the child.
In New York state, where Hilaria and Alec live, paid gestational surrogacy – in which a surrogate receives payment from a couple in return for carrying their baby – was only made legal from February of this year as per legislation that was passed in April 2020.
Therefore, if the couple’s surrogacy arrangement was made in New York, they will not have been able to give their chosen surrogate a fee in addition to paying for her medical expenses and other incurred costs.
A yellow Minion stuffed animal from the Despicable Me movie franchise is next to her on the bed, undoubtedly left there by one of her four other kids.
In another clip, Eduardo can be seen smiling and. saying, ‘Mama,’ while lying in his bouncy chair.
She ended the series of stories with footage of little Romeo asking to make her a coffee.
‘If it were up to Romeo, I’d drink like 13 coffees a day because he’s obsessed with pressing the buttons,’ she joked.
Hilaria had candidly documented her miscarriage — her second that year — on Instagram, even snapping a photo at her D&C at the doctor’s office.
‘Our children were brave during our time of tremendous grief — braver than us…and they held out hope. To experience and accept life’s ups and downs is challenging, but a reality that all of us have no choice but to receive and process,’ she wrote today.
‘I have learned that often our children are wiser than we are and their wisdom has guided us.
‘Our rainbow baby, Edu, is such a blessing — we are overwhelmed by how fortunate we are to have him. We are living each day, bonding, and grateful for all of the very special angels who helped bring Lucía into the world.’
She concluded: ‘María Lucía Victoria and Eduardo Pau Lucas: our babies who bring light into our lives — almost like twins, we love you so much.’
While Hilaria only referred to the ‘angels’ who helped bring Lucía into the world, a source has confirmed to DailyMail.com yesterday that she and Alec used a surrogate.
The identity of the surrogate is not known, and a spokesperson for the couple declined to comment on the details of Lucía’s conception and birth.
Surrogacy in the US can cost upwards of $100,000, depending on the options used by the parents and their surrogate.
If Alec and Hilaria chose to use a ‘host’ surrogate — which is when a woman carries an embryo from the mother’s egg and the father’s sperm — Hilaria will have had to undergo IVF ahead of the egg retrieval.
This could well have been done before she conceived her son Eduardo in late 2019; she and Alec could also have made the decision to freeze eggs, sperm, or fertilized embryos, which could also have been used in the surrogacy.
However, if Hilaria and Alec chose to do a ‘straight’ surrogacy, this will have meant that the surrogate’s egg was used, along with the SNL star’s sperm.
Couples who choose surrogacy also have the option to use a donor egg instead of one from their surrogate.
It is likely that Lucía was conceived in mid-2020, although her exact age has not yet been shared. Her brother Eduardo, who is six months old, was likely conceived in December 2019, one month after Hilaria suffered her second miscarriage.
Instagram followers had plenty of questions when Alec and Hilaria first revealed Lucia’s arrival, given that she came so shortly after the birth of baby Eduardo six months ago.
Hilaria, who has always heavily documented each of her pregnancies — and miscarriages — hadn’t said anything about being pregnant again, and of course, the six months between Eduardo and Lucía’s births were not enough to bring a baby to term.
But though Hilaria has been remarkably open about her pregnancies, she and Alec kept their surrogacy journey a secret, and refused to comment on it publicly for several days.
Their silence inspired furious speculation on Monday, after Hilaria posted an image of herself with all of her children.
Critics accused the couple of ‘attention-seeking’ behavior and posting ‘clickbait,’ prompting Alec to go off on a profanity-filled commenting spree.
He had strong words for a commenter who wrote ‘yikes’ beneath the photo that he shared of his wife and their six children: Carmen, seven, Rafael, five, Leonardo, four, Romeo, two, Eduardo, six months, and newborn Lucía.
Hilaria wrote: ‘Our rainbow baby, Edu, is such a blessing — we are overwhelmed by how fortunate we are to have him’
Doting dad? Alec, pictured with his newborn and his eldest child Carmen, unleashed a profanity-filled rant at Instagram users who questions Lucía’s paternity on Monday night
Fury: The SNL star told one critic to ‘shut the f**k up’ after they accused the couple of posting the photo of their baby as ‘clickbait,’ though he appears to have deleted the comment
Speaking out: He also claimed that ‘America is fueled by hate’ and said anyone who questions Hilaria’s Spanish heritage is ‘not very smart’
‘I believe that people should simply say “Congratulations” or just shut the f**k up. That’s it,’ Alec wrote, before ultimately deleting the comment.
A timeline of Alec and Hilaria’s youngest child
April 2019: Hilaria revealed to the world that she had suffered a first-trimester miscarriage
November 2019: The yoga guru shared that she had experienced a second miscarriage, four months into her pregnancy
December 2019: Alec and Hilaria likely conceived their fifth child Eduardo around this time
April 2020: Hilaria announces that she is pregnant with the couple’s fifth baby
Summer 2020: Lucia’s conception likely took place midway through the year, although it is not known whether Alec and Hilaria used their own egg and sperm, or chose to rely on donors. If they used Hilaria’s egg, she will have had to undergo IVF ahead of the retrieval. She could have done this before conceiving Eduardo
March 2021: The couple announce the arrival of sixth child Lucia, who was born via a surrogate
‘Who’s the mother?’ asked another commenter. ‘She wasn’t pregnant. She gave birth six months ago. If it was a surrogate just say that. If the baby was adopted just say that. If the baby was a product of an affair and you’ve decided to raise it with your wife just say that.
‘If you don’t want to say anything — why don’t you both stop constantly posting and begging for clickbait. Just raise your 100 children in private.’
In a since-deleted reply, Alec furiously wrote back: ‘You should shut the f*** up and mind your own business.’
In response to yet another user who questioned why Alec and Hilaria were facing so much criticism, he wrote that ‘America is a country fueled by hate’ and insisted that anyone who questions his wife’s Spanish heritage scandal is ‘not very smart’.
Hilaria, meanwhile, has kept her comments turned off while posting countless photos of her family.
‘We are so in love with our daughter, Lucia. Just like your brothers and sisters, you are a dream come true,’ the Boston-born yoga guru wrote on Instagram.
Hilaria also shared several images of Lucía settling into Baldwin family life, sharing one photo of Alec cradling the baby girl in his arm while helping daughter Carmen with her math homework.
‘Teaching the baby math homework and funny faces… welcome to being a Baldwin,’ she captioned the snap.
She later joked that the couple’s ‘bed is getting rather crowded’ and posted another photo of baby Lucía sleeping soundly on the mattress alongside her brother Edu, while another of her siblings is seen snoozing on the floor.
‘Watching these three,’ Hilaria wrote alongside the picture, before adding three hearts.
Hilaria has only made a return to regularly posting on social media in recent weeks.
The influencer, whose given name is Hillary Hayward-Thomas, had come under fire for faking her Spanish heritage, including lying about where she was born and putting on a made-up accent for years.
Returning to Instagram, she has kept the comments turned off on her posts, but finally said ‘sorry’ for the saga on February 5, six weeks after a Twitter thread about her faux European background went viral.
Hilaria stopped short of confessing she had misled people about her Spanish roots, and instead doubled down on her previous claims that she was raised ‘with two cultures, American and Spanish’ and that she feels ‘a true sense of belonging to both.’
‘I’ve spent the last month listening, reflecting, and asking myself how I can learn and grow,’ she wrote.
‘My parents raised my brother and me with two cultures, American and Spanish, and I feel a true sense of belonging to both. The way I’ve spoken about myself and my deep connection to two cultures could have been better explained — I should have been more clear and I’m sorry.
‘I’m proud of the way I was raised, and we’re raising our children to share the same love and respect for both.
‘Being vulnerable and pushing ourselves to learn and grow is what we’ve built our community on, and I hope to get back to the supportive and kind environment we’ve built together,’ she said.
At the end of December, it emerged that Hilaria — who in the past claimed to have grown up in Majorca and spoke with a Spanish accent — actually spent her childhood in Beacon Hill, Boston, and went by Hillary.
It started with a single tweet on December 21 which read: ‘You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin’s commitment to her decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person’.
The woman then continued to post videos and proof of how Hilaria’s accent has changed over the years.
Family life: On Tuesday evening, Hilaria shared a photo of herself pumping breast milk while Alec did the dishes, before posting another snap of Lucia and Eduardo sleeping together
Family: Lucía, which means ‘light’ in Spanish, has five older siblings, all of whom have Spanish-inspired names: Eduardo, Romeo, Leonardo, Rafael, and Carmen
Several former classmates came forward to confirm that Hilaria was, in fact, raised in Weston, Massachusetts, by American parents without a hint of a foreign accent.
In the wake of the scandal, Hilaria took a break from social media and retreated to the Baldwins’ home in East Hampton, where she was staying with her children, while Alec was renting a nearby property so that he could quarantine away from his family and commute back and forth to the city for work.
Since apologizing for the scandal on social media, Hilaria has been sharing much more regular updates, frequently posting candid images and videos of life at home with Alec and the kids — but she has made no hints that she and Alec were planning to welcome a sixth child into their brood.
Hilaria first revealed that she had lost her unborn baby in April 2019, when she took to social media to document her miscarriage in a series of very candid photos and videos.
The first of which showed her posing in her underwear with a caption which read: ‘I want to share with you that I am most likely experiencing a miscarriage.’
Hilaria went on to document subsequent doctors’ appointments, and even shared selfies from her D&C procedure.
In November of that same year, she revealed that she’d had a second miscarriage, four months into her pregnancy, once again sharing the news on Instagram alongside an image of herself and daughter Carmen.
Quiet: In the past, Hilaria (pictured while pregnant with Edu) has been open about sharing her motherhood journey on Instagram, posting images from throughout all her pregnancies
Candid: Hilaria even documented her two miscarriages on social media, revealing in April 2019 that she ‘was most likely’ losing her unborn child while sharing an image of herself in lingerie
Heartbreak: In November that same year, Hilaria suffered her second loss, and once again shared the devastating news on Instagram
Nothing to see here! Since apologizing for her Spanish heritage scandal on February 5, Hilaria has shared regular family updates on Instagram – but didn’t share any hints about a new arrival
‘We are very sad to share that today we learned that our baby passed away at 4 months,’ she wrote. ‘We also want you to know that even though we are not ok right now, we will be. We are so lucky with our 4 healthy babies – and we will never lose sight of this.
‘I’m really devastated right now… I was not expecting this when I went to my scan today. I don’t know what else to say.’
The couple then announced that they were expecting their fifth child in April 2020, and by November, Hilaria implied that they wouldn’t be having any more children.
‘It very much feels like we’re done,’ she told People one month after giving birth to Edu, when asked if she was hoping to have more children.
However, the wellness expert admitted that she would never say never, joking that she had thought she was ‘done’ in the past — only for the couple to decide that they wanted to expand their family further.
‘Everybody’s asking me this question,’ she continued. ‘I don’t know. I’ve said in the past that I was done when I wasn’t done.
‘I think, right now, I’m so tired. And I feel, just with COVID, it’s just insanity. Right now, during times of COVID, it very much feels like we’re done.’
She added that her children have all grown accustomed to ‘new siblings coming in’ and revealed that they were already asking her ‘when the next one is going to come’.