Not everyone can live the charmed, cigar-scented, cashmere-draped existence assume Alec Baldwin leads. Sadly, this includes pretty much all of his immediate family members. TMZ reports that brother Daniel Baldwin’s divorce from wife Joanne comes after a violent outburst Sunday evening. Joanne reportedly threatened Baldwin with a knife while “high intoxicated” in the past, and that night struck him several times in a “violent rage.” Come on, people. What every happened to the Baldwins’ just leaving horrible voicemail rants on their loved one’s phones?Ã‚Â Let’s have a little class.
TMZ alleges that Baldwin wrote down the events of that evening, including specifics from the altercation such as “She screams over money and proceeds to wake both children up by screaming and throwing objects around the house.” Daniel currently has temporary custody of the couple’s two children, as well as a restraining order against his spouse. “Due to recent events in our home and for the safety of my children and myself, I have made this decision.” Baldwin said in a statement. “I have had my share of problems with drugs and alcohol many years ago and know first hand how difficult a position she is in.” Let’s hope his brothers can offer some consolation in Daniel’s time of need. Not Billy though. Never Billy.
We’re fascinated by the huge chasms within the Baldwin family. You’ve got your super-liberal Alec, your super-rehabbed Daniel, your Chynna Phillips-lovin’ Billy and of course, your Born Again Christian, Stephen. They’ve all, at one point or another been controversial for things they’ve said, but recently, Stephen’s career has sailed into a perfect storm of bankruptcy, Jesus-freakiness, and unemployment, that has culminated in the best website we’ve seen in a long time, The Restoration Of Stephen Baldwin.
Run by “someone Stephen nor his staff have ever met”, the site’s sole mission is to raise money for Baldwin, whose career and personal income have hit a low point, no thanks to his Christianity. So sayeth the Q & A on the site “When he became an outspoken Christian in 2002 his income went down by 70% when he refused roles with gratuitous sex and violence.” We sayeth, you should have asked for a higher salary on Bio-Dome, dude, and put that money in the bank. We’re not knocking his beliefs, we’re just skeptical that they’re being blamed for his downfall – look at Mel Gibson, who hasn’t compromised his Christianity. He made the hugely successful Passion Of The Christ and has all the birth-uncontrolled sex he wants in the name of the Lord.
However, if you’re a huge Baldwin fan and feel bad for his financial situation, the site welcomes any and all donations. Just remember, this is the guy who baptized Spencer Pratt on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. If he’s the second coming and Spencer is one of his disciples, we plan to sit this one out. [Photo: Getty Images]