Baldwin kid shrugged off 'pig' voicemail

Published Thursday, 06 September 2012
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Alec Baldwin's daughter Ireland failed to understand why an angry voicemail message from her father became headline news in 2007 because she simply shrugged off the family dispute.

Baldwin kid shrugged off 'pig' voicemail

The 16-year-old, whose mother is Baldwin's ex-wife Kim Basinger, has spoken for the first time about the infamous answering machine message, in which her dad called her a "rude, thoughtless little pig".

The voicemail leaked on the internet and made headlines across the world, with Baldwin subsequently admitting the scandal sent him into a deep depression which left him contemplating suicide.

However, Ireland is adamant the voicemail wasn't a "big deal" as she wasn't upset by her father's angry tone and the disagreement was settled in a quick phone call.

She tells the New York Post's Page Six Magazine: "The only problem with that voicemail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was. He's said stuff like that before just because he's frustrated. For me it was like, 'OK, whatever.' I called him back, I was like, 'Sorry Dad, I didn't have my phone.' That was it."

In the interview, Ireland also opens up about her relationship with her new stepmother Hilaria Thomas, who married Baldwin over the summer, insisting they get along very well.

She adds: "Hilaria and I are really close. She's like a big sister to me, but I feel like I haven't spent enough time with her yet. We joke around, and I call her 'Mom.' But I respect her, it's not like I'm Parent Trap-ping her, setting up booby traps in her room."

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