Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin were once Hollywood’s most glamorous couple who became bitter enemies, but now the actor has paid the ultimate compliment to his ex-wife by dubbing her “one of the most beautiful women that ever lived”.
Now happily married to his stunning new wife Hilaria Thomas, Alec Baldwin, 55, seems to no longer bear any hard feelings towards Kim Basinger.
Alec Baldwin, who is expecting a new baby with 28-year-old yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, was gushing when he spoke about Kim Basinger, 59, to Access Hollywood.
“Ireland’s mother is obviously one of the most beautiful women that ever lived – and even divorce doesn’t muddy my view of that,” the actor said.
“Kim is one of the most beautiful women that ever lived and even Ireland sees that.”
And despite their differences in the past, Alec Baldwin believes his 17-year-old daughter has the perfect role model in her famous mother as she tries to make a name for herself in the modelling world.
Alec Baldwin has paid an ultimate compliment to his ex-wife Kim Basinger by dubbing her one of the most beautiful women that ever lived
The 30 Rock star revealed he is not worried about any potential pitfalls that await stunning Ireland because he believes that she has what it takes to succeed.
He said: “The good news is my daughter is someone who somewhat understands .. it’s hard at that age to have that wisdom that beauty comes and goes.”
During the 1990s Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger were one of the hottest couples at Hollywood before their marriage imploded and they divorced in 2002.
The pair went on to have a bitter custody battle over daughter Ireland which lasted many years, although now an apparent truce has emerged.
These days Alec Baldwin seems to be settling for a more settled domestic life as he prepares to welcome his first child with his second wife Hilaria.
“I never imagined I would be sitting at a table with my wife having a baby and I have a daughter that’s almost 18 years-old. It’s bizarre,” Alec Baldwin admitted.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas have confirmed they are expecting their first child together.
Alec Baldwin, 54, and his yoga instructor wife of eight months said her pregnancy came as “a wonderful surprise” and they feel very “lucky”.
Hilaria Thomas, 28, confirmed the news on Tuesday on Extra, for which she acts as a part-time correspondent, saying: “We’ve having a baby. [It] was a surprise, a wonderful surprise.”
Alec Baldwin has a 17-year-old daughter Ireland with ex-wife Kim Basinger.
The actor revealed he was unaware that his wife was even taking a pregnancy test at their country home and was amazed to discover the news when he heard her screaming in the bathroom.
Alec Baldwin said: “There’s a scream I heard, which is a scream normally reserved [for] if there’s a spider in the house. It really is the most amazing thing. I’m lucky.”
Hilaria Thomas has already noticed a change in her body and she can’t wait to start preparing their home for the new arrival.
She said: “I’m showing. This is actually gonna happen, now we can start the nursery, the everything, the dreaming!”
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas have confirmed they are expecting their first child together
Alec Baldwin previously revealed that he hoped to become a stay at home father if Hilaria Thomas ever got pregnant.
He joked: “I want her to get rich because I want to retire. She teaches yoga.
“I want her to become the world’s first billionaire yoga teacher. I know it is a long shot, but that’s the plan I’m sticking with right now.
“I want to have a baby and stay home and make the pancakes before I send my wife out to work every day to pay the bills.”
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas were recently denied reports they were having a baby because they weren’t ready to announce the news.
Hilaria Thomas first sparked speculation she was expecting late last month when she showed off what looked like a baby bump while filming a segment for Extra that saw her pull off some impromptu dance moves.
Ireland Baldwin, who is the image of her stunning mother, Kim Basinger, has revealed she calls 28-year-old Hilaria Thomas “mom”.
Ireland Baldwin, 16, is known as Dublin for short and gave her father Alec Baldwin away at his Manhattan wedding earlier this year revealed she is being homeschooled in LA, where she lives with Kim Basinger, 58.
The teenager told Page Six Magazine: “I didn’t want to go my senior year without spending time with my dad.
“And 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 have a lot more to learn about each other and we have a lot more experiences to have together.
“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.”
Ireland Baldwin, who is the image of her stunning mother, Kim Basinger, has revealed she calls 28-year-old Hilaria Thomas mom
Ireland Baldwin’s famous parents split when she was just five after her mother’s Academy Award for LA Confidential; her 54-year-old father had moved his young family to his childhood home in Long Island and it pushed a final wedge between the starry pair.
Alec Baldwin followed his family back to LA so he could maintain a close relationship with Ireland, but in 2005 she complained of feeling unsafe around the 30 Rock star after overhearing a row between him and his then girlfriend.
In 2007, an infamous voicemail from Alec Baldwin was leaked.
On it you can hear him accusing his daughter of being a “rude, thoughtless little pig”.
But Ireland Baldwin counters: “I’ve always had a really great relationship with my dad,” she tells Page Six Magazine from the California cottage where she lives with Kim Basinger.
“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.”
“We almost did something funny on YouTube, of me calling him and yelling at him,” she laughs.
“We were just talking about it the other week.”
Ireland Baldwin also paid a tribute to yoga instructor Hilaria’s “extreme” diets and gave her the credit for reversing Alec’s pre-diabetic state.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas tied the knot in an opulent ceremony at one of New York’s most magnificent cathedrals.
Alec Baldwin, 54, and yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas, 28, said “I do”, Saturday afternoon.
The bride – who will now be known as Hilaria Baldwin – wore a silk magnolia trumpet Amsale gown with cap sleeves and a keyhole back neckline accented with crystal buttons.
The bridesmaids wore “eclectic miss-matched dresses, some in black, gray and turquoise, others in bold turquoise-and-purple tie-dyish prints”, according to E! online.
Amsale also dressed Hilaria Thomas’ mother and Alec Baldwin’s daughter Ireland.
Alec Baldwin had a tuxedo by Tom Ford, People magazine has reported.
Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Thomas tied the knot in an opulent ceremony at one of New York's most magnificent cathedrals
The Reverend George Deas is said to have performed the ceremony, reportedly conducted in English with readings in Spanish.
Guests at the nuptials in Manhattan’s Nolita district included Alec Baldwin’s 30 Rock co-star Tina Fey, his brothers Stephen and Billy Baldwin, Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi, actress Mariska Hargitay, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels.
After the ceremony, guests were filtered to the campus of Hilaria’s alma mater, New York University, for a reception at the private school’s nearby Kimmel Center.
Earlier Hilaria tweeted: “Today is going to be a good day.”
According to E! Online the couple chose a white color scheme for the ceremony, highlighted in the selection of flowers that decorated the historic cathedral.
Florist De Juan Stroud placed “white hydrangeas, white roses and calla lilies around the church”.
The entertainment website also reports that white ribbons were tied to the pews and a tent was set up near the back entrance of the church.
Alec Baldwin, who is 26 years Hilaria’s senior, asked for her hand in April in Long Island, New York.
The two dated for almost a year before he proposed and they first appeared in public together at several bashes in New York in May 2011.
Alec Baldwinwas previously married to Ireland’s mother, Kim Basinger, but the pair divorced in acrimony in 2002 after nine years of marriage.
Spanish-born Hilaria Thomas has not been married before.
She grew up between Boston and Spain, studying dance and history at NYU before becoming a yoga instructor.
In recent months Alec Baldwin has been sporting a noticeably trimmer physique, perhaps in a bid to appear more youthful alongside his younger partner.
The actor is apparently planning a very laid back summer with his new bride.
Taking to Twitter again before the ceremony, he revealed the couple could be off to Kingston, Idaho for their honeymoon.
Accompanied by a scenic picture of the Coeur D’ Alene River, Alec Baldwin wrote: “I can’t wait to stand on these rocks at Albert’s Landing and leave this world behind…. for the Summer.”