2013 should’ve been a happy year for Alec Baldwin, who welcomed a daughter with second wife, Hilaria Thomas, in August. Besides that, though, it seems the rest of the actor’s year was filled with controversy. Most recently, he got in a scuffle with a paparazzo and was accused of using a homophobic slur.
The 30 Rock star remains insistent that he is not a homophobe, and now, he is taking a page from Shia LaBeouf’s book and retiring from all public ilfe completely. He explained this decision in a 5,000+ word essay for New York Magazine. “Now I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible,” he wrote. “I used to engage with the media knowing that some of it would be adversarial, but now it’s superfluous at best and toxic at its worst.”
He added that the essay would be his last time talking about his personal life in an American publication. He also announced his plans to move from New York City. “I don’t want to be Mr. Show Business anymore,” he explained. “I want the same thing everybody else wants. I want a happy home, and for the first time in my adult life, I have one. I love my wife more than anything in the world and I love my child more than anything else in the world and I don’t want that to change in any way. I probably have to move out of New York. I just can’t live in New York anymore. Everything I hated about L.A., I’m beginning to crave.”
Throughout the piece, Alec also dished on his failed experience working with Shia on Orphans, and getting fired from his talk show on MSNBC. Plus, he specifically addresses TMZ’s Harvey Levin for the accusations he made after the paparazzo incident.