While over the years Alec and his daughter have gotten to a place where they are able to joke about his infamous 2007 voicemail rant — where he called Ireland a “rude, thoughtless, little pig” when she was 11 years old — the actor has stated that the headline-making episode caused a “permanent” break in their relationship.
“It is a scab that never heals cause it is being picked at all the time by other people. My daughter, that's hurt her in a permanent way,” he told Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos in 2017.
The voicemail came amid an intense custody feud between Ireland’s mother Kim Basinger and Alec. He later confessed that the incident left him feeling suicidal.
The Emmy winner has since remarried and now has four children with wife Hilaria Baldwin.
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