Alec Baldwin, 63, admits he’d planned to be traveling and sleeping in ‘pre-retirement’ at his age – but it’s been ‘the journey of a lifetime’ having six young kids with Hilaria Baldwin
Alec Baldwin says giving up his ‘pre-retirement program’ of traveling, sleeping, and reading in favor of having six children with his wife Hilaria Baldwin has been ‘the honor, the pleasure and the journey of a lifetime.’
The 63-year-old actor admitted today that he had planned to be living a much more relaxing life at this age, filled with European travel and rest — but meeting his nearly three-decades-younger wife Hilaria in 2011 changed all that.
Now he and the yoga instructor, 37, have six little ones under the age of nine running around, a life he gushed over in an Instagram caption this morning.
Alec Baldwin says giving up his ‘pre-retirement program’ of traveling, sleeping, and reading in favor of having six children with his wife Hilaria Baldwin has been ‘the honor, the pleasure and the journey of a lifetime’
Alec said his plan had included ‘European travel. Museums. Galapagos. Skiing for a month or more in Cortina…Kitzbuhel…Courchevel. Maybe just sleep. And read’
‘I met my wife in early 2011,’ Alec wrote, captioning a short video of his son this Romeo talking and giggling with Alec’s arm wrapped around him.
‘And although I knew very quickly that I was in love w @hilariabaldwin and wanted to make my life with her, I also had a pretty good pre-retirement program lined up,’ he went on.
Alec said his plan had included ‘European travel. Museums. Galapagos. Skiing for a month or more in Cortina…Kitzbuhel…Courchevel. Maybe just sleep. And read.’
‘Instead, we opted for having kids. Six kids,’ he wrote. ‘It has been the honor, the pleasure and the journey of a lifetime.’
According to the New York Times, Alec and Hilaria had met at a New York City restaurant in February of 2011, when Alec had approached Hilaria at another table.
‘I was standing near the door with my friends when he walked up and took my hand and said, “I must know you,”‘ Hilaria said.
The caption was written on a short video of his son this Romeo talking and giggling with Alec’s arm wrapped around him
Alec and Hilaria have six children under the age of nine. Hilaria shared several photos of the kids on Instagram
They shocked fans earlier this year when they welcomed baby Lucia via surrogate, just months after Hilaria gave birth to son Eduardo
‘People collect cars, people collect watches, artwork. My wife collects babies … she likes babies,’ Alec said
She replied, ‘You must know me?’ and said he gave her his card.
Alec had been divorced from ex-wife Kim Basinger since 2002. They had a daughter, Ireland, who was 15 at the time.
‘I’ve dated a lot of people since my divorce, and have thought a lot about what I wanted and what I wanted to do,’ Alec said. ‘I thought about it too much, I suppose. I wasn’t really ready to take that chance and to act until I met Hilaria.’
They moved in together within months and were married on June 30, 2012.
Hilaria, who was just 28 to Alec’s 54 when they married, gave birth to their first child, daughter Carmen, in August of 2013.
She was followed by Rafael in June 2015, Leonardo in September 2016, and Romeo in May 2018.
Alec seemed to indicate that Hilaria was the driving force behind their growing family. According to Closer, he said: ‘People collect cars, people collect watches, artwork. My wife collects babies … she likes babies.’
Alec and Hilaria met in 2011 and tied the knot in 2012 (pictured a week before their wedding with Alec’s oldest daughter Ireland)
Hilaria gave birth to Carmen in 2013. She was followed by Rafael in 2015, Leonardo in 2016, and Romeo in May 2018
They welcomed Eduardo in September 2020, and Lucia via surrogate in March 2021
When asked by People about having even more kids in 2019, he quipped that Hilaria definitely wanted that — but he didn’t seem so sure himself
‘Oh yeah, she’s up for the challenge. I’m the one who’s not up for the challenge,’ he said.
‘When my kids graduate school, I’ll be 85,’ he explained. ‘As my friends say, when your kids are climbing out the window and they’re going to do really, really bad things when they get older, when they’re in their late teen years, you’ll be deaf anyway so you won’t have to hear it. Let’s see what happens.’
However, he also told Ellen DeGeneres last year that there is an upside to being an older dad.
‘On one level, you appreciate it more,’ he said.
Hilaria went on to document several miscarriages on Instagram before she and Alex surprised fans by welcoming two babies within just a few months of one another.
They welcomed Eduardo in September 2020, and Lucia via surrogate in March 2021.
Alec, dressed as Santa Claus, and Hilaria Baldwin celebrated Christmas with their kids in the Hamptons this year
Hilaria, 37, did her best to taken nice family photos during the Hamptons getaway
‘Reality vs….well….reality. This was the best we got from the photo batch,’ Hilaria captioned the snaps
In some, Alec was seen disguised in a Santa Claus outfit next to their six children.
‘Reality vs….well….reality. This was the best we got from the photo batch,’ Hilaria captioned the snaps, adding: ‘Happy Christmas Eve y Feliz Nochebuena. Our love to you and your families. Amor, amor!!!!’
The family picture showed some of their younger kids in tears, visibly unhappy, while the older kids stood next to their father, looking happy and cheery in front of their well-sized Christmas tree.
Hilaria also shared other joyful moments of the family’s Christmas Eve antics including spending time together to cook in the kitchen. She later shared snapshots of their excited kids unwrapping their gifts from under the tree.
Just two days before, Alec posted a video on Instagram saying he has been having a ‘really tough time’ in recent weeks after accidentally shooting dead a cinematographer on the set of Rust.
The actor uploaded a video of himself speaking directly into the camera two months after the tragic shooting on his Western movie set in New Mexico where Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed
In a three-minute long rambling video, Alec appears despondent and weary as he tells followers how the only thing he is living for right now is his wife and children.
Just two days before, Alec posted a video on Instagram saying he has been having a ‘really tough time’ in recent weeks after accidentally shooting dead a cinematographer on the set of Rust
‘I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all of the people who sent me such kind words and best wishes and strength and hope and prayers and so forth and thoughts and lots of encouragement and lots of really really great sentiments from so many people,’ Alec began while standing outside.
‘I got hundreds and hundreds of emails from friends, family and colleagues and people I haven’t heard from in quite a while to send me strength and good wishes and so forth. I’m really grateful to them. Many people commenting on Instagram seem very very supportive about this difficult situation.’
‘I’m looking forward to some aspects of this being behind me, of course,’ he continued.
‘For everyone who is involved in this, it’ll never be behind us because someone died so tragically. I never lose sight of that. Not a day goes by I don’t think about that.’
Alec is currently the focus of an investigation into the death of Hutchins, who was shot dead on the film set of Rust in October.
The cinematographer was killed after a prop gun that Alec was holding went off. The director of the film, Joel Souza, was also shot in the shoulder and survived.
‘I’m home with my family, the only thing I care about,’ Alec continued.
‘It’s true, the only thing I care about is my wife and my kids and just want forward with my life try to get through through a tough time, a really tough time,’ Alec said in the emotional video message.
‘I wanted to say thank you to all the people who sent me good wishes and send me support I’m very grateful for that. I feel very awkward going through this. It has been very difficult. I wanna say happy holidays happy Hanukkah and Christmas and a happy Kwanzaa. Whatever holiday you’re celebrating,’ he continued in clip, which appeared to have been filmed in the Hamptons where the family have a home.
‘I hope that you’re as lucky as I am in one department and that you’re home with your family. I’m home with my family. It’s all I’ve got. The only thing that matters.’
‘I don’t have anything smart or original to say, just thank you to the people who sent me these great wishes. Be safe, wear a mask, get the booster. Don’t let Santa Claus down the chimney without a mask,’ Alec said.