'I kept that secret': Ireland Baldwin says she was raped as teen while 'completely unconscious'
In the wake of Roe v Wade, Ireland opened up about her own experience with abortion and rape through a TikTok video
Ireland Eliesse Baldwin, also known as Ireland Basinger Baldwin, revealed that she was raped as a teenager while she was "completely unconscious". She also opened up about getting an abortion after an unhappy relationship, two days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade ruling, which protected women's constitutional right to abortion for 50 years.
Baldwin, who is the daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger, posted a 3-minute long TikTok video on Sunday, June 26, captioned "I'm here for you". The 26-year-old model spoke about her own experiences. She began with a disclaimer: "Before I share what I am going to share, I don't feel that it is anybody's responsibility to talk about this if they don't feel comfortable. I've seen countless TikToks in the last 24 hours where women are telling other women that it is their responsibility to share their abortion story and I find that to be invasive and wrong and just simply not true."
"I am only now sharing my story because I want other women to feel supported and loved, whether they want to share their own or not," she noted. The model then revealed, "I was raped when I was a teenager and I was completely unconscious when it happened and it changed the course of the rest of my life."
Baldwin further revealed that she didn't tell "anyone" except for a nurse who treated her shortly after it happened, including her boyfriend at the time or even her parents, Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. "I kept that secret inside of me for years, and because I did, it caused a lot of hurts and a lot of pain to me and to people I love," she said.
At the time, Baldwin said she "harbored so much pain and so much guilt" and began to feel as though she had lost control of her life. "I drank a lot more. I partied a lot more," she continued. "I self-medicated. I was in other abusive and toxic relationships and friendships. I pretty much just did everything I could to distract myself."
"Seeing so many other brave women share their stories got me thinking what my life would have been like if I had become pregnant and if I had to raise a baby during everything I was going through at the time," Baldwin said. "Mind you, I have medical resources, money and support that a lot of women do not have access to. It would've simply been traumatizing and impossible."
Later in her life, Baldwin said, she got pregnant unexpectedly with her boyfriend at the time, whom she was "very unhappy" with, "and he made it pretty clear that he never wanted kids or marriage. He barely wanted to be in a serious relationship." "I chose to get an abortion because I know exactly what it felt like to be born between two people who hated each other," she shared.
Baldwin said "maybe, maybe not" when addressing whether she could have had the baby and put him or her up for adoption, "But choosing to raise a baby without my own financial security, without a loving and supportive partner, that wasn't gonna work for me." "I chose me, and I would choose me again. It's your life, it's your choice," she concluded.
Earlier, on Monday, June 27, Baldwin shared a video on Instagram roasting the Supreme Court Justices after they overturned Roe v Wade. She captioned the video as "I said what I said #roevwade."
Ever since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade ruling on June 24, many women across the country shared their stories, experiences, and opinions of abortion.