Alec Baldwin Waves Farewell To Public Life In New Essay

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Acting legend Alec Baldwin has announced he is planning to say goodbye to public life.

On Sunday, Alec Baldwin released a 5000-word essay titled “I Give Up” in The New Yorker. The work, which reads almost like a letter, finds Baldwin telling fans he has had enough of the media and is no longer interested in leading the life he’s lead the better part of the last three decades. His writing often refers to a 2013 incident in which he was accused of using homophobic language – a claim he denies to this day – and how the fallout from the press blitz that followed stained his career and personal aspirations.

“I loathe and despise the media in a way I did not think possible,” Baldwin writes. “This is the last time I’m going to talk about my personal life in an American publication ever again.”

Baldwin goes on to comment that he sees himself leaving New York City, the place he has called home since the late 1970s, in the near future. He says the city has changed, not him, and he’s beginning to understand why so many flock to L.A. for the privacy of gated homes.

It’s not just his acting that Baldwin feels has been stunted by the media, but his ambitions in general: “I had dreams of running for office at some point in the next five years.”

Before closing his essay, Baldwin comments on the current media blitz surrounding Shia LaBeuof. “Shia LaBeouf went to a film screening recently and he wore a bag over his head and the bag says I AM NOT FAMOUS ­ANYMORE. And there was truly a part of me that felt sorry for him, oddly enough.”

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