comment It's time to say 'adios' to the old you - just ask Hilaria Baldwin
...but don't be too hard on yourself
New Year, new you? No problemo - just look at Hilaria Baldwin.
In a fittingly berserk farewell to 2020, Alec Baldwin's wife this week denied pretending to be Spanish for the past decade.
Born Hillary Hayward-Thomas in Boston, the 36-year-old had claimed to have moved to the States at 19, with her husband - with whom she has "five Baldwinitos" - affirming in an interview "my wife is from Spain".
And colour me convinced, since as well as speaking with a Spanish twang, the yoga guru wore a traditional mantilla veil while tying the knot in 2012, even later forgetting the English word for 'coo-cumber' on a television cookery slot.
Now it transpires that Hilaria - who also Spanglified her name - could be about as Spanish as the 'Juan Sheet does Plenty' guy, after an anonymous Twitter user accused the wellness influencer of faking her heritage.
"You have to admire Hilaria Baldwin's commitment to her decade-long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person," wrote user @lenibrisco, whose account is now locked, before posting seeming examples.
Replying to claims of cultural appropriation in a seven-minute video on Instagram, the mum-of-five only fanned the flames (with an abanico, of course): "Ethnically, I am a mix of many, many, many things.
"Yes, I am a white girl," she explained, adding "but as you get older, you just kind of embrace who you are".
All of which brings me neatly back to the notion of transforming your life this New Year - and why it may actually be a 'muy bueno' idea to bin the vision board and start working on a delusion board instead.
A new survey this week showed how 44 per cent of people still made a New Year's resolution, bless their cotton socks, with losing weight and finding love topping the olden-but-golden goals set for 2021.
A third even told how the pandemic had made them more determined to turn their lives around in lockdown.
Three days in, with gyms closed and 'Netflix and chill' being taken literally, I'm making no such promises.
Ever since The Secret hit bookshelves around the world in 2007, we've been manifesting like mad, sending positive vibes out into the universe in the hope of getting everything from a new car to a new fella back.
After the events of the past year, I reckon it's time to cut the universe some slack, and dream small this January.
Although perhaps not quite as small as the Twitter users who resolved to "get dressed every day" or "yell at people who don't wear their mask properly" in the coming 12 months.
Like Hilaria, I plan to "identify" as filthy rich, super fit and madly desirable for 2021.
Since research suggests that people are more likely to put the law of attraction into action on days that feel like a fresh start, such as Mondays or the first of the month, obviously I won't be starting until Monday, February 1.
In the meantime, I suppose I should use the power of positive thinking to change out of my pyjamas.
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