An inside look! Hilaria Baldwin rarely addresses her relationship with her 23-year-old stepdaughter, Ireland Baldwin, but the yoga instructor gushed over the model on Instagram.
“Often you hear horror stories about evil stepparents, and I wanted to make sure I did right by the family I was stepping into when I married Alec,” the fitness guru, 35, captioned a photo of herself looking up at Ireland in formalwear on Thursday, April 18. “I love my stepdaughter as much as I love my biological children, and I become a mommy lioness when I see comments that insinuate otherwise. Having a stepchild is a delicate matter. Especially one who is grown.”
So what’s the secret to maintaining a great relationship with husband Alec Baldwin‘s daughter? “I never tried to step in as her mommy,” the Living Clearly Method author wrote. “She has a good mother [Kim Basinger], who I have tremendous respect for, and I put myself in Kim’s shoes: if my children ever had a stepmother, I’d want her to let me be number one.”
She added: “As someone who loves [Ireland], my job was not to step in and take over but rather respect what had been for the first 15 years of her life and then become a part of that, in a way that works for everyone.”
The actress and her stepdaughter have “never had a fight or a bad moment,” and Ireland even “gave her father away” when he married Hilaria in 2012.
Alec, 61, and his ex-wife, Basinger, 65, tied the knot in 1993, welcomed Ireland two years later and split in 2002. The Saturday Night Live star married the Mallorca, Spain, native in 2012 and they now share Carmen, 5, Rafael, 3, Leonardo, 2, and Romeo, 11 months.
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