It was one of the most bitter showbiz divorces of it's time.
A bitter custody battle ensued which took four years to resolve. Baldwin's shocking voicemail to their 11 year old daughter was leaked in 2007 with Basinger calling him "unstable and irrational". In the voicemail, he berated Ireland, calling her a "rude little pig" and threatening to straighten her out.
Whilst Basinger denied leaking the voicemail, her rep said at the time that Alec's "ongoing aggressive behavior" was the issue in the lengthy battle. He in turn said he had been "driven to the edge" and was a victim of 'parental alienation', where one parent alienates a child against the other during a custody battle.
Thankfully they managed to resolve their issues and are on better terms now. But Basinger admits that the public divorce had an effect on the way she raised her daughter.
She told The Edit by Net-A-Porter;
"Divorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it. And ours was very public and nasty. So I brought up Ireland in a very unconventional way.
I just wanted her to be free. If she wanted to have her friends over and write all over the walls with pen, that was fine. I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends."
Ireland has grown up to become a successful model, but has certainly carried with her some of the fall out of her upbringing.
After breaking up with her girlfriend, rapper, Angel Haze in April 2015, she checked herself into rehab for "emotional trauma". She said on Twitter at the time;
"I checked myself into Soba for two weeks to just get away for a little bit. I'm not much a party cat but I am here deal with some emotional trauma and getting the intensive therapy I needed in order to recover. Some day I'll feel ready to share my story openly without feeling the way I do.
I needed a chance to work on myself and gather all the tools I need to overcome everything that I had been through and rid myself of all the pain I locked away in unreachable places."
Both Basinger and Baldwin have managed to move on from the bitter divorce—even though she wrote a book about it in 2008 she says things are ok between them now.
"[Alec and I are] cool now, though, life goes on."
Baldwin married his second wife Hilaria in 2012 and they have two young children together with whom Ireland enjoys a close relationship.
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