While a crowd of hundreds mourned the late James Gandolfini at his Manhattan funeral yesterday morning, Hilaria Baldwin – who attended the service along with her husband Alec – was tweeting up a storm.
At least, that’s what the august Daily Mail claimed in an article posted Thursday afternoon. From timestamps on tweets in Hilaria’s feed, the paper deduced that the seven-months-pregnant yoga instructor had sent a message about her upcoming first wedding anniversary just as the funeral was about to start and two re-tweets while it was already underway.
Hilaria later denied the charges, tweeting that she doesn’t believe in bringing phones to a funeral – “I never did and I never would.” (A source tells EW that Hilaria left the service early because it was very warm inside the church.)
She also said that the Daily Mail had misinterpreted the timestamps on her messages: “When someone tweets something at a certain time, and you retweet it later, it posts the TIME the first person tweeted.”
And then Hilaria’s other half stepped into the fray.
Alec Baldwin, the press, and Twitter have always had a tumultuous relationship. But even though the 30 Rock star has set the bar fairly high, the messages below may comprise the rant to end all rants. Warning: NSFW language ahead.
(According to Baldwin’s publicist Matthew Hiltzik, this last claim isn’t true. “It’s disgraceful that a reporter would manufacture and publish a story and not call for comment or explanation – especially when it’s intended to take away attention from honoring the memory of a beloved figure like James Gandolfini,” he added in a statement. There are multiple witnesses to the fact that Hilaria left her phone in the car and wouldn’t, couldn’t, and didn’t tweet during the service.)
And with that, Baldwin deleted his Twitter account. Again.
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