Ireland Baldwin: 'Pig' Voicemail Wasn't a Big Deal

Baldwin insists it was no biggie

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 6, 2012 9:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ireland Baldwin is no longer the 11-year-old child called a "thoughtless little pig" in a voicemail from dad Alec Baldwin. Now 16, she towers over her father at 6'2" and looks exactly like mother Kim Basinger, and her relationships with both parents appear surprisingly healthy, considering the family's troubled past. When Baldwin married Hilaria Thomas (she's just 12 years older than Ireland, who calls her "like a big sister"), his daughter walked him down the aisle and gave him away. And in an interview with the New York Post's Page Six Magazine, Ireland finally talks about that "pig" voicemail—and insists it was no big deal.

"I've always had a really great relationship with my dad," she explains. "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." Though the voicemail caused Alec to lose his visitation rights and thus not see his daughter for nearly a year, they managed to repair their relationship, and they even joke about it now. "We almost did something funny on YouTube, of me calling him and yelling at him," she says. "We were just talking about it the other week." Click for the full profile.

Alec Baldwin and his daughter Ireland are seen in this Tuesday, July 12, 2005 file photo in New York.   (AP Photo/Jennifer Graylock)
Alec Baldwin and daughter Ireland arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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