Alec Baldwin, 63, admits he had planned to travel and sleep in “pre-retirement” at his age

Alec Baldwin says giving up his ‘pre-retirement program’ of traveling, sleeping and reading in favor of having six children with his wife Hilaria Baldwin has been ‘a life of honor, pleasure and travel’.

The 63-year-old actor admitted today that he had planned to live a much more relaxing life at this age, filled with European travel and rest – but the meeting with his almost three decades younger wife Hilaria in 2011 changed all that.

Now he and the yoga instructor, 37, have six little ones under the age of nine running around, a life he spilled over into an Instagram caption this morning.

Alec Baldwin says giving up her 'pre-retirement program' of traveling, sleeping and reading in favor of having six children with his wife Hilaria Baldwin has been 'a life of honor, pleasure and travel'

Alec Baldwin says giving up her ‘pre-retirement program’ of traveling, sleeping and reading in favor of having six children with his wife Hilaria Baldwin has been ‘a life of honor, pleasure and travel’

Alec said his plan had included 'European travel.  Museums.  Galapagos.  Skiing for a month or more in Cortina¿Kitzbuhel¿Courchevel.  Maybe just sleep.  and read '

Alec said his plan had included ‘European travel. Museums. Galapagos. Skiing for a month or more in Cortina… Kitzbuhel… Courchevel. Maybe just sleep. and read ‘

‘I met my wife in early 2011’, Alec wrote and subtitled a short video of his son, this Romeo, talking and giggling with Alec’s arm wrapped around him.

“And even though I knew very quickly that I was in love with @hilariabaldwin and wanted to make my life with her, I also had a pretty good early retirement program,” he continued.

Alec said his plan had included ‘European travel. Museums. Galapagos. Skiing for a month or more in Cortina… Kitzbuhel… Courchevel. Maybe just sleep. And read. ‘

‘Instead, we chose to have children. Six children, ‘he wrote. ‘It has been a life of honor, pleasure and travel.’

According to the New York Times, Alec and Hilaria had met at a restaurant in New York City in February 2011 when Alec had approached Hilaria at another table.

‘I was standing near the door with my friends when he went and took my hand and said,’ I must know you, ‘said Hilaria.

The caption was written on a short video of his son, this Romeo talking and giggling with Alec's arm wrapped around him

The caption was written on a short video of his son, this Romeo talking and giggling with Alec’s arm wrapped around him

Alec and Hilaria have six children under the age of nine.  Hilaria shared several photos of the kids on Instagram

Alec and Hilaria have six children under the age of nine. Hilaria shared several photos of the kids on Instagram

They shocked fans earlier this year when they welcomed baby Lucia via surrogate, just months after Hilaria gave birth to son Eduardo

They shocked fans earlier this year when they welcomed baby Lucia via surrogate, just months after Hilaria gave birth to son Eduardo

They shocked fans earlier this year when they welcomed baby Lucia via surrogate, just months after Hilaria gave birth to son Eduardo

'People collect cars, people collect watches, art.  My wife collects babies - she likes babies, 'said Alec

'People collect cars, people collect watches, art.  My wife collects babies - she likes babies, 'said Alec

‘People collect cars, people collect watches, art. My wife collects babies… she likes babies, ‘said Alec

She replied, ‘You must know me?’ and said he gave her his card.

Alec had been divorced from ex-wife Kim Basinger since 2002. They had a daughter, Ireland, who was 15 at the time.

“I’ve been dating a lot of people since my divorce and have thought a lot about what I wanted and what I wanted to do,” Alec said. “I guess I thought too much about it. I wasn’t really ready to take that chance and act before I met Hilaria.”

They moved in together within months and were married on June 30, 2012.

Hilaria, who was only 28 to Alec’s 54 when they married, gave birth to their first child, daughter Carmen, in August 2013.

She was followed by Rafael in June 2015, Leonardo in September 2016 and Romeo in May 2018.

Alec seemed to indicate that Hilaria was the driving force behind their growing family. According to Closer, he said: ‘People collect on cars, people collect on watches, art. My wife collects babies … she likes babies. ‘

Alec and Hilaria met in 2011 and bonded in 2012 (pictured one week before their wedding to Alec's eldest daughter Ireland)

Alec and Hilaria met in 2011 and bonded in 2012 (pictured one week before their wedding to Alec’s eldest daughter Ireland)

Hilaria gave birth to Carmen in 2013. She was followed by Rafael in 2015, Leonardo in 2016 and Romeo in May 2018

Hilaria gave birth to Carmen in 2013. She was followed by Rafael in 2015, Leonardo in 2016 and Romeo in May 2018

They welcomed Eduardo in September 2020 and Lucia via surrogate in March 2021

They welcomed Eduardo in September 2020 and Lucia via surrogate in March 2021

When People was asked to have even more children in 2019, he joked that Hilaria certainly wanted to – but he did not seem so sure himself

‘Oh yes, she’s ready for the challenge. It is me who is not ready for the challenge, he said.

“When my kids finish school, I will be 85,” he explained. “As my friends say, when your kids climb out the window and they’re going to do really, really bad things when they get older, when they’re in their late teens, you’ll still be deaf, so you won ‘t have to listen. “Let’s see what happens.”

However, he also told Ellen DeGeneres last year that there is an advantage to being an older father.

“At one level, you appreciate it more,” he said.

Hilaria went on to document several abortions on Instagram before she and Alex surprised fans by welcoming two babies within just a few months in a row.

They welcomed Eduardo in September 2020 and Lucia via surrogate in March 2021.

Alec, dressed as Santa, and Hilaria Baldwin celebrated Christmas with their children in the Hamptons this year

Alec, dressed as Santa, and Hilaria Baldwin celebrated Christmas with their children in the Hamptons this year

Hilaria, 37, did her best to take great family photos during the Hamptons vacation

Hilaria, 37, did her best to take great family photos during the Hamptons vacation

'Reality vs.well.reality.  This was the best we got from the photo party, 'Hilaria wrote the caption for the photos

‘Reality vs t .well vir .reality. This was the best we got from the photo party, ‘Hilaria wrote the caption for the photos

The whole family traveled to the Hamptons over Christmas, where Hilaria shared several photos on Instagram

In some, Alec was seen disguised in Santa Claus clothes next to their six children.

‘Reality vs t .well vir .reality. This was the best we got from the photo party, ‘Hilaria wrote the caption to the photos, adding:’ Merry Christmas Eve y Feliz Nochebuena. Our love for you and your families. Amor, amor !!!! ‘

The family photo showed some of their younger children in tears, visibly unhappy while the older children stood next to their father and looked happy and cheerful in front of their well-sized Christmas tree.

Hilaria also shared other happy moments of the family’s Christmas Eve antics, including spending time together cooking in the kitchen. She later shared snapshots of their excited children unpacking their gifts under the tree.

Just two days earlier, Alec posted a video on Instagram in which he said he has had a ‘really hard time’ in recent weeks after accidentally killing a film photographer on the set for Rust.

The actor uploaded a video of himself speaking directly into the camera two months after the tragic footage on his western film set in New Mexico, in which Halyna Hutchins, 42, was killed

In a three-minute walking video, Alec appears discouraged and tired as he tells followers how the only thing he lives for right now is his wife and children.

Just two days before, Alec posted a video on Instagram in which he said he has had a 'really hard time' in recent weeks after accidentally killing a film photographer on the set of Rust

Just two days before, Alec posted a video on Instagram in which he said he has had a ‘really hard time’ in recent weeks after accidentally killing a film photographer on the set of Rust

‘I would like to take a moment to say thank you to all the people who sent me such kind words and best wishes and strength and hope and prayers and so on and thoughts and lots of encouragement and lots of really really good feelings from so many people, ‘Alec began as he stood outside.

‘I got hundreds and hundreds of emails from friends, family and colleagues and people I haven’t heard from in a while, to send me strength and good wishes and so on. I’m really grateful to them. Many people who comment on Instagram seem very, very supportive about this difficult situation. ‘

“I look forward to some aspects of this being behind me, of course,” he continued.

‘For everyone involved in this, it will never be behind us because someone died so tragically. I never lose sight of that. Not a day goes by that I do not think about it. ‘

Alec is currently the focus of an investigation into Hutchins’ death, who was shot and killed on the film set by Rust in October.

The film photographer was killed after a prop pistol, which Alec held in his hand, went off. The director of the film, Joel Souza, was also shot in the shoulder and survived.

“I’m home with my family, the only thing I care about,” Alec continued.

“It’s true, the only thing I worry about is my wife and my kids and I just want to move on with my life and try to get through a hard time, a really hard time,” Alec said in the emotionally charged video message.

‘I would like to say thank you to all the people who sent me good wishes and support me, for which I am very grateful. I feel very awkward going through this. It has been very difficult. I would like to say Merry Holidays Merry Hanukkah and Christmas and a Merry Kwanzaa. Whatever holiday you celebrate, he continued in the clip, which appeared to have been filmed in the Hamptons, where the family has a home.

‘I hope you’re as lucky as I am in one ward and that you’re at home with your family. I’m at home with my family. That’s all I have. The only thing that matters. ‘

‘I have nothing smart or original to say, just thank you to the people who sent me these great wishes. Be sure, put on a mask, get the booster. Do not let Santa go down the chimney without a mask, Alec said.

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