Kim Basinger talks about her ‘heavy-duty’ divorce from Alec Baldwin who wasn’t ’emotionally or mentally available’ for tough conversations: ‘He’s a challenge’
Kim Basinger has shared her struggles with ex-husband Alec Baldwin in a very rare Red Table Talk interview, which aired on Wednesday.
The L.A. Confidential actress, 68, appeared on the show with daughter Ireland, 26, and discussed her ‘heavy-duty, very out loud’ divorce from Alec, 64, who she was married to from 1993 until 2002.
The star made is clear that she and Alec didn’t always see ‘eye to eye’ and that ‘he’s a challenge.’
Looking back: Kim Basinger, 68, appeared on the Red Table Talk on Wednesday and discussed her ‘heavy-duty, very out loud’ divorce from Alec Baldwin, 64
The way they were: Basinger and Baldwin met on the set of the romantic comedy The Marrying Man in 1991, and went on to marry in 1993; Pictured during 1999 Vanity Fair Oscar Party
Host Jada Pinkett Smith, 50, asked Kim whether she was able to communicate with Alec about Ireland’s anxiety issues.
‘Parenting can be difficult, and Ireland having the anxiety issues that she’s had, was that a difficult process with Alec, or were you guys able to kind of see eye to eye on how to handle it?’
‘Eye to eye?’ a bemused Kim asked. ‘No. No, that was not – Alec’s a funny one,’ she laughed. ‘We’re all fine and we all get along, whatever. But he’s been — but he’s a challenge.’
A challenge: The star made is clear that she and Alec didn’t see ‘eye to eye’ adding, ‘We’re all fine and we all get along, whatever. But he’s been — but he’s a challenge’
Anxiety: She also revealed that Alec was not ’emotionally or mentally available’ to talk about their daughter Ireland’s, 26, anxiety: ‘Alec, you know, operates in a very different way in his life’
‘We’ve had our challenges. And I don’t think Alec was emotionally or mentally available for that kind of talk. Alec, you know, operates in a very different way in his life,’ the 8 Mile star shared.
Ireland then chimed in, revealing that her father also deals with anxiety, but handles it in a different way.
‘He deals with anxiety greatly, but he’s someone who grew up in a family that would suppress that as well, or tell him he’s weak for feeling that way.’
Different methods: Ireland said that Alec also deals with anxiety but up until now has dealt with it by ‘suppressing’ it due to his upbringing
Can’t sympathize: ‘He can’t really sympathize as much with it, but it’s not his fault, and he’s gotten way better,’ she shared; Ireland and Alec pictured in 2019
‘There’s things I would go to my father for, but if I ever even tried to have this conversation in any way with him, I don’t think he would be able to really absorb any of it.’
‘He can’t really sympathize as much with it, but it’s not his fault, and he’s gotten way better,’ she went on.
‘I mean I think he really suppressed his anxiety like up until pretty recently. He’s really been dealing with things that kind of have been thrown at him. He’s been forced to finally deal with these things.’
Ireland might have been referring to last year’s tragic accident, where Alec shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of his film, Rust.
Bitter divorce: The couple separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002. Their split was followed by a bitter custody battle over their daughter, who was born in 1995; Pictured in 2000
Basinger and Baldwin met on the set of the romantic comedy The Marrying Man in 1991, and went on to marry in 1993.
The couple separated in 2000 and divorced in 2002. Their split was followed by a bitter custody battle over their daughter, who was born in 1995.
Kim’s father, Don Basinger, attributed the divorce to Baldwin’s short temper and allegedly uncontrollable anger, as reported by People at the time.
After years of accusations, over $3 million in legal fees, and an infamous voicemail in which he called his daughter a ‘rude little pig,’ the court finally decided to award them joint custody of Ireland.
Baldwin has since remarried yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, 38, with whom he’s currently expecting his eight child.
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