Alec Baldwin Once Called Daughter, 11, a 'Rude Thoughtless Little Pig' - Then Thought of Dying
Award-winning Actor and Director Alec Baldwin finds himself in hot water following a bizarre on-set accident. However, this would not be the first time he finds himself in a difficult situation.
Alec Baldwin has been in the movie scene for more than three decades and has had a successful adventure as an actor and director, including winning an Emmy award.
Recently, Baldwin found himself amid an accident that claimed one life and left another injured. Pictures of the actor visibly shaken by grief made rounds on the internet, but this would not be the first time he publicly regretted his actions.
Picture of actor Alec Baldwin [left]. Picture of Alec's daughter, Ireland [right] | Photo: youtube.com/ComedyCentral || youtube.com/jkl
In 2007, Baldwin spared no words while lashing out at his 11-year-old daughter Ireland, calling her a rude, thoughtless pig. Although he later apologized, he had already done the damage to his relationship with Ireland.
Baldwin was in the midst of a divorce from his ex-wife Kim Basinger and was furious after his daughter, who was living with her mother, refused to pick up the phone despite knowing he was scheduled to call.
In a rage, Baldwin left a strong-worded voicemail for Ireland, adding that she lacked the brain and decency of a human being. He then threatened to fly down to Los Angeles to straighten her out on the issue.
Alec Baldwin at the American Ballet Theatre Spring Gala at The Metropolitan Opera House on May 20, 2019, in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
The actor whose estranged relationship with Ireland's mom had ended felt bad being shut out of his daughter's life despite attempting to build a relationship with her. In his rant, Baldwin explained that he cleared his schedule whenever it was time to speak with his daughter and expected the same gesture from her.
Baldwin's voicemail soon found its way to the court, leaving the "The Good Shepherd" actor speechless. As a result of his rant, the 63-year-old was banned from seeing his daughter.
Realizing his voice message had been leaked, Baldwin confessed he could not face himself and considered taking his life in an interview. The public outrage that followed his exposed voicemail left Baldwin in a poor place mentally.
Baldwin described his suicidal thoughts as serious, noting that he had to get professional help to walk him through them. Also, the thought of letting his estranged wife get the last laugh was enough to talk him out of suicide.
Realizing his mistake, Baldwin set out to correct his wrong and issued a public statement, apologizing for his poor behavior toward Ireland. He blamed the stress from the fierce custody battle with his ex-wife as the reason for his rant.
In the note he wrote on his website, Baldwin confessed that being alienated from his daughter was an awful experience he hoped no one encountered. Despite his apology, the Oscar winner knew the case was far from closed.
A decade after Baldwin's rant, his relationship with Ireland still felt the weight of his words. Although he claimed they were in a good place, he admitted the consciousness of the event would always be a wall between them. The actor confessed that most people used the event to taunt him, and he believes it got to Ireland.
Now a model, Ireland has had a tough battle with her self-image, which the public spat with her famous dad added to. Baldwin and Ireland have tried to make fun out of their infamous episode. In one social media post, Ireland appeared to make her father read a book titled "If I Were a Pig."
Fans enjoyed the moment of humor, some commenting that it felt nice seeing the duo bond despite their fallout. Baldwin has since remarried and shares children with his wife, Hilaria.
Alec Baldwin Visits "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Center on February 9, 2017 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
Born in 1958, Baldwin attended George Washington University and majored in political science, intending to attend law school. However, his boyhood passion for performing returned in college, prompting him to relocate to Manhattan to study theater.
After beginning his career in the 1980s, Baldwin successfully secured more roles and made his presence known in the industry. Baldwin later earned a Tony award for Best Actor for his performance as Stanley Kowalski in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire."
He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2003 for his role in the romantic drama "The Cooler." In 2004, he starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Martin Scorsese's Howard Hughes drama "The Aviator," a massive hit.
He was nominated for three Golden Globes, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy Awards for his role on the sitcom "30 Rock," where he also worked as a producer.
The 63-year-old has been in a series of high-profile relationships since he stepped into the scene. Baldwin and actress Basinger married in 1993 and soon welcomed their daughter Ireland.
However, Basinger filed for divorce in January 2001, after seven years of marriage. There were allegations of violence and drinking following their split, as well as a bitter custody fight.
Years after his divorce, Baldwin opened himself to love again. In August 2011, he started dating yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas. In April of the following year, the pair got engaged and married on July 1, 2012, at St. Patrick's Old Cathedral in a star-studded event that included Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, Fey, and Woody Allen.
Baldwin became a father for the second time in 2013 following the birth of his first child with Hilaria, Carmen. Later, they welcomed three other kids, Rafael, Leonardo, Romeo, and Eduardo. Hilaria announced the birth of their daughter, Lucia, earlier this year, expanding Baldwin's family.
Following the report of Baldwin's accidental shooting during filming, the actor expressed his shock in a tweet, adding that he is cooperating with authorities as investigations are being carried out. There have been no charges yet, but more information is bound to emerge in the coming days.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.
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