Alec Baldwin Says He’s ‘Trying to Get Through a Tough Time’ as He Thanks His Supporters: WATCH

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Alec Baldwin released a video two days before Christmas in which he thanked those who “sent me such kind words” in the wake of the tragedy. Rust shooting.

Baldwin, 63, posted a video of himself to his Instagram account on Thursday, writing “Happy Birthday…” in the caption.

Standing outside, the actor said, “I wanted to take a moment to say thank you to all the people who sent me these kind words, best wishes, strength, hope, prayers, thoughts, and so much encouragement.” “I’ve received hundreds upon hundreds of emails from friends, family, colleagues, people I haven’t heard from in a long time sending me strength and good wishes etc. I am really grateful to them.”

Baldwin touched on Rust The shooting that killed cinematographer Halina Hutchins in October, saying, “I look forward to having some aspects of this behind me, of course. For everyone involved in this, they will never be left behind because someone tragically died.”

“We have never lost sight of that, and not a day goes by that I don’t think about it,” he added.

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the Saturday Night Live The star said he was “at home with my family, the only thing I care about.”

“That’s right, I just care about my wife and kids and move on with my life and try to get through a tough time, a really tough time,” he said. “I want to say thank you to all the people who have sent me my good wishes and who have sent me support. I am really grateful for that, I am so embarrassed going through this, it has been so difficult.”

“Whatever holiday you celebrate, happy holidays to all,” he continued. “I hope you are as lucky as I am in one division, and that you are at home with your family; I am at home with my family.”

Baldwin added, “I don’t have anything clever or original to say, just thank you for the people who have sent me such great wishes. Be safe, wear a mask, and get your booster. Don’t let Santa Claus fall down the chimney without a mask.”

Earlier this week, a source told PEOPLE Baldwin and his wife Hilaria, 37, were focused on “spending a quiet vacation” with their six children in the Hamptons this year.

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The couple share daughters Carmen Gabriela, 8, and Maria Lucia Victoria, 8 months, as well as sons Rafael Thomas, 6, Leonardo Angel Charles, 5, Romeo Alejandro David, 3, and Eduardo “Edo” Pau Lucas, 13 months. Baldwin is also a father to Ireland Baldwin, 26, from his previous marriage to Kim Basinger.

The source continued, “They love the holidays with their children who are still young. For Alec and Hilaria, seeing the joy in their children’s eyes was magical while preparing for Christmas.” “Their focus before Christmas was on the kids, decorating the tree, baking, and spending quality time together.”

“They want the kids to have the best holiday possible, and they’re excited to see them open their presents,” the insider added.

Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin

Hilaria Baldwin and Alec Baldwin

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The actor is currently participating in an investigation into the October death of Hutchins, who died on the set of his western movie Rust When the prop gun Baldwin was holding exploded, killing the cinematographer.

Investigators have issued a search warrant to Baldwin’s phone in the latest development in the case, People previously reported.

As local authorities in New Mexico continue to investigate the tragic incident – with production of the film on hold – a source told People that Baldwin is dependent on his wife and children.

“It is an unimaginable tragedy and the grief and shock for him is unbearable,” the source said. “Alec is still in shock and absolutely heartbroken. He’s doing his best to fit in and lean on Hilaria and the kids for support.”

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