Shrink Wrap on News @7
By Dr. Jane Greer
’30 Rock’ star Alec Baldwin withstood the media spotlight through his incredibly acrimonious divorce and custody battle with ex wife Kim Basinger. He even made worldwide news over a leaked voicemail in 2007 for then tween daughter Ireland, in which he angrily derided her as a ‘fat little pig,’ which he later said was due to stress related to parental alienation.
But now, he’s moved on to a softer, calmer future, and the 54 year old is now engaged to 28 year old Hilaria Thomas, his yoga instructor girlfriend of about one year.
In a public show of support, 16 year-old Ireland tweeted her love to the happy couple- and especially considering their once tumultuous communications, this is a seemingly refreshing step forward for the happy family – one tweet, and ring, at a time.
Additional Details: According to People-
She said yes! Alec Baldwin got engaged to Hilaria Thomas over the weekend, his rep confirms to PEOPLE. “Yes, it’s true! Alec proposed to Hilaria this weekend and we’re all excited for the newly engaged couple,” the rep says. “Alec’s birthday is tomorrow – great way to celebrate!” The 30 Rock star, 53, began dating Thomas, a yoga instructor, last summer. “I’ve got a woman in my life now,” the actor said of 28-year-old Thomas. “My girlfriend is very important to me.” Baldwin was previously married to actress Kim Basinger, with whom he has a 16-year-old daughter, Ireland.
According to a past article in Elle, on love and marriage, Alec once said-
“Don’t do it unless you look at that person and say, ‘I can’t get out of bed in the morning knowing that she’s out there.’ If you do get married, get a prenup. It’s not about money at all. It’s about having a document that states how you’ll dissolve your marriage while you still have a shred of respect for each other.”
According to a 2008 ABC News piece-
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger’s cutthroat custody battle over their 12-year-old daughter, Ireland, has made international headlines for years. The couple divorced in 2002 after nine years of marriage, but the vicious accusations on both sides continued, culminating in the infamous 2007 voice-mail message in which Baldwin berated his daughter. In an interview with ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer, Baldwin, 50, spoke about his lengthy court struggles with Basinger, 54, and said that when the voice mail was released, it brought him to the brink of suicide. “I used to pray to God every night. I would get in bed, and I would say, please, don’t let me wake up in the morning,” Baldwin said. “I began to think about what little town I would repair to in order to commit suicide. And then you, obviously you say, well, what would that do to my child if I killed myself? Me, I really didn’t care about me.” After the media storm and new round of custody litigation that followed the voice mail release, Baldwin nearly broke his own promise to never give up on his daughter. Deterred by the barriers that he believes his ex-wife imposed on his relationship with Ireland, Baldwin said he almost lost the will to keep fighting. In his new book (in stores on Tuesday), “A Promise to Ourselves: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce,” Baldwin chronicles his journey for other fathers who are seeking custody and struggling for justice in family court. He says it’s time to do something about the business of divorce in America and, in typical Baldwin fashion, he doesn’t mince words. “I don’t care if the judges and the lawyers die of heart attacks in the process of getting their job done. They are corrupt, inefficient, lazy, stupid — they’re the most God-awful people. Baldwin believes that many family court lawyers and their manipulations and delays make the child custody duel much worse than it needs to be. “The judges are like pit bosses in Vegas casinos. Their job is to make sure everybody stays at the table and keeps gambling.” Baldwin’s clashed with Basinger for nearly eight years: there are hundreds of documents, 91 court proceedings so far, and about $3 million in legal costs.
LINK – http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=5832850&page=1#.T3pxK0a2EmU
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Posted April 9, 2012 in News@7