Alec Baldwin, fresh off of a year of damaging media coverage, no longer wishes to carry on with his “public life” and seeks a return to having his main focus be the craft of acting.

Alec Baldwin Ends 'Public Life'

Baldwin, 55, had a tumultuous 2013 – save for the birth of his daughter Carmen Baldwin with wife Hilaria Baldwin. He recounts the baser highlights, including his spat with Shia LeBeouf, his multiple encounters with paparazzi and his short-lived stint on MSNBC in an essay penned for New York Magazine. All of the above and more have convinced the former 30 Rock star to live a quieter, more private life.

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

Baldwin On Claims Of Homophobia

Some of the harshest criticism Baldwin has faced resulted from two instances of alleged homophobia. He called a Daily Mail journalist a “toxic little queen” on Twitter after he accused Baldwin’s wife of texting during James Gandolfini’s funeral and allegedly called a paparazzo a “c—ksucking f-g.” Baldwin denies ever calling the photographer by the slur, and slams the accusations of him not being an ally and friend to the LGBT community.

"Am I a homophobe? Look, I work in show business. I am awash in gay people, as colleagues and as friends. I'm doing Rock of Ages one day, making out with Russell Brand,” he wrote. “Soon after that, I'm advocating with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon for marriage equality. I'm officiating at a gay friend's wedding. I'm not a homophobic person at all. But this is how the world now sees me."

Baldwin Apologizes

Baldwin, whose relationship with New York has soured along with his relationship with the media, might be looking to relocate to Los Angeles as he pursues roles and secluded existence that a gated L.A. home can provide him and his family. Though Baldwin points the finger of blame on myriad parties, he does admit that he played a part in the ruination of his affection for “show business” as well.

“There's a way I could have done things differently. I know that,” he wrote. “If I offended anyone along the way, I do apologize. But the solution for me now is: I've lived this for 30 years, I'm done with it."

– Chelsea Regan

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