As she attempts to leave the shadow of her famous parents, Ireland Baldwin wrote an open letter on Monday (April 30) to let people know that she is her own person.
In a lengthy message on her Tumblr account, the 17-year-old daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger began, “To all of my followers and everyone else out there reading this, I feel that it is time I make a few points very clear. I know a majority of you could care less, but Id like to take a moment to explain a few things. I know I have expressed some of this on my Twitter as well, but I feel that my voice wasnt necessarily heard. I get many hateful emails, Twitter replies, and comments on gossip websites about me and my parents.”
Though acknowledging she should ignore the negativity, she insists, “I am not just talking about comments on photos of myself. I see hateful comments everywhere. Its bad energy being put out there! Personally, I try to see the beauty in everyone. Its there.”
She goes on to explain how her choice to take up modeling has brought many benefits to her life and then takes issue with being compared with her mother, insisting, “I AM NOT MY PARENTS.”
Later, the aspiring model goes on to defend her father, writing, “Just like almost all of you, my Dad has made some mistakes in the past. He has spoken out of place, he has let his temper get the best of him, and he has reacted towards things in ways he shouldnt have. I get hateful replies and threats regarding mistakes of my Dads past. This isnt fair. I had nothing to do with anything that happened back then, so I dont fully understand why I am being targeted. More importantly, my Dad has moved on. He recognized that he needed to change, so he made changes. He is now healthy, happily married with a baby on the way. He moved on, so why cant you”
In a final attempt to distinguish herself, Ireland adds, “Like I have also mentioned on my Twitter page, I am not seeking fame by association. I do not want to be simply know as a model. I am proud to be my parents daughter, but I dont want to forever be known as “that rude thoughtless little pig” or “Alec Baldwin and Kim Basingers kid.””
Concluding on a positive note, she writes, “Before sending hateful replies and emails, consider all of this. Talk to me! I am friendly. I do not think I am better than anyone. Thank you for all who read this! I love those who are supporting me on my journey!”