No matter what, family comes first for Ireland Baldwin. After the 18-year-old daughter of Alec Baldwin showed support for her father in a series of tweets on Nov. 16, The New York Daily News put Ireland on their Monday, Nov. 18 cover with the headline "'Little Pig' to the Rescue!" Not happy, Ireland wrote a lengthy message on Instagram in response to the magazine.
"I've dealt with a lot this past week. This has been a particularly rough week for many reasons. When I saw this earlier today, I didn't really give two shits about it. I thought the little pigs children's fable reference was a clever touch," she wrote. "When I revisited this article, I saw it for what it really is. Everyone tells me to stop paying attention to what others are saying, but it's hard. This hurts. I am a human being, believe it or not. I am also not a celebrity. This is not what I would ever want to be known for. I am so tempted to delete my twitter and all other social media outlets, but I won't because the small following of loyal friends I have, has been one of the greatest support systems that I could ever ask for. Thousands of strangers that feel as though I've known all of them my entire life."
The Daily News' cover references a 2007 voicemail from Alec to his daughter in which he called her a "rude, thoughtless, little pig." On Twitter Saturday, Ireland tweeted support to her 55-year-old dad after he was caught on camera last Thursday allegedly making homophobic remarks to paparazzi. "For someone who has battled with anger management issues, my dad has grown tremendously," she wrote. "My dad is far from a homophobe or a racist."
In light of the Daily News' cover, however, Ireland is clarifying her comments.
"I did not STAND UP for my father. It is never right to treat people the way that he has," she explained. "I simply wanted to show my support for my family. No matter what, my dad is my dad and he is the only one I will ever have. He may have made some wrong choices, but that doesn't mean I'm leaving his side. The past is past and the Daily News are a bunch of cowards for revisiting my past. In the end, I feel nothing but sorry for them."
"Well, that's the last I'm saying on this entire situation," she added. "Like everything else in this life, this too shall pass."