Celebrity Then And Now
Ireland Baldwin
Name: Ireland Baldwin
Birthdate: October 23, 1995
Famous Years: 2007-Present
Currently Known For: Professional Model
Networth: $1 MillionFamous For: Daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger
Ireland Baldwin
Name Ireland Baldwin
Birthdate October 23, 1995
Famous Years 2007-Present
Currently Known For Professional Model
Networth $1 Million
Famous For Daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger

In the early 1990s, two of the most well known actors in the world would get married when Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger tied the knot. Though Baldwin has had five children in total, he had just one in his marriage to Basinger, and has four more with Hilaria Thomas. The result of a more than a decade-long relationship between Baldwin and Basinger was Ireland Baldwin, who has since become yet another famous member of the Baldwin family.

Interestingly enough, Baldwin and Basinger would start their relationship in 1990 when they starred together in the film “The Marrying Man”, foreshadowing what was to come. They would get married in 1993, and had their only child Ireland on October 23, 1995 in Los Angeles. Not only would Ireland grow up with a famous mother and father, but also has three famous uncles and is the cousin of model and TV host Hailey Baldwin.

The young Baldwin had been able to stay out of the public eye for the most part while growing up, but that would unfortunately change a few years after Baldwin and Basinger were divorced. The separation that they went through in 2000 would be a very public one, one in which Basinger and Baldwin would fight for custody of Ireland. In 2002, it was decided that the divorce would be finalized, which included joint custody over Ireland.

Basinger would eventually comment on the divorce and how it affected Ireland more than a decade after it happened. “Divorce is hard on a kid, no matter how you cut it,” she said. “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 over the walls with pen, that was fine. I wanted her childhood to be full of love and light and animals and friends.”

Even though the divorce was final and the custody was agreed upon, there were still some hotly contested moments, as Baldwin had said he was blocked from contacting his daughter. That would lead to an infamous moment in 2007 when a voicemail that her father had left her was leaked and went viral, as Baldwin had called his daughter a “rude, thoughtless little pig.” It was a large point of controversy that caused Alec Baldwin to publicly apologize, saying that “Everyone who knows me privately knows that certain people will go to any lengths to embarrass me and to disrupt my relationship with my daughter.”

Ireland herself would eventually respond a few years later, saying “I’ve always had a really great relationship with my dad,” adding that “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.”

Putting the results of her parents’ divorce behind her, Baldwin continued with school and grew to be 6’0”, with many saying that she had a career in modeling. With that, Baldwin would sign her first big modeling deal with IMG, Since then, Baldwin has appeared in several different advertising campaigns and magazines, including the likes of True Religion and Elle Magazine. She’s also had a few acting appearances over the past few years, popping up in films such as “Grudge Match” and in the TV movie “Campus Caller”. She now has another project in the works called “The Great Illusion” which also stars Selma Blair.

Baldwin admits that she didn’t have a plan on modeling while she was growing up, saying that she didn’t know much about fashion, and that it was her mother that’s the true fashion expert in the family. In fact, Baldwin wanted a conventional job, saying that “I don’t want to be so famous that I can’t step outside of my house and not have the entire world talking about what sandwich I’m eating.”

Now at 22 years old, Baldwin has the potential to become a huge star in the modeling world, and appears to have a bright future in the business. Now that she’s several years removed from being in the headlines for her father’s voicemail, Baldwin is now forging her own path and is making headlines for her work more often these days. She does know, though, that having the right parents have helped. “It’s definitely put my foot in the door, being able to meet many of the people I’ve met through my parents,” she said. “I’m forever grateful for the doors my parents have opened for me.”

“There’s a lot of things I could do in my career and life that would have made me more successful than now, rolling with the cool kids,” she added. “ I’m not dying to have a reality show or become famous. The best thing I can say to anyone that thinks they know me or that I have the thought in my head that I’m gonna run on my parents’ coattails to success is that I want to become my own person and I want to do it my own way.”