Kim Basinger, who split with bad-boy hubby Alec "Bloviator" Baldwin last week, had talked about fleeing her crumbling marriage for a year and a half, the sexy star's dad has revealed.
Don Basinger also says Baldwin has a horrendous temper that he too often unleashed on Kim — even in front of their 5-year-old daughter Ireland.
"I have known for a year and a half that she was thinking about this," Don tells People magazine in an interview being published next week.
Alec has "overcome some very difficult things. All but one: his anger.
"Alec has this anger where he reaches down for something that hurts, something that may have happened a year or two ago, and then abuses Kim with it."
Making things worse was that Baldwin, who has been married to Basinger for seven years, began making a habit of exploding in public, her 77-year-old father says.
"But it's when it started happening in front of Ireland that Kim finally said, ‘Well, I'm not going to put up with that!' " he says.
Don adds that Kim had incredible patience with the often-boiling Baldwin, telling him, "You've got to overcome this anger, or I can't live with you."
And attempts to tame Baldwin through counseling sessions were a failure, Don told People.
"Alec goes one time, two times, then quits," he says.
Basinger filed for divorce Friday citing irreconcilable differences and requesting custody of Ireland, although she called it quits with Baldwin on Dec. 5.
The split came three days after a thunderous fight in the posh Hamptons eatery Estia, with Alec reportedly bellowing:
"You never do what I tell you! What is it about listen that you don't understand?"
Close friends of Kim, 47, and Alec, 42, say the pair would have ended their sham marriage a long time ago if it hadn't been for their daughter.
"They'll do anything for her sake. But it became too hard to maintain this front and stay together," one pal told Us Weekly.
Kim has since moved out of the couple's $2 million home in Amagansett.
The writing seemed to be on the wall last spring when Basinger complained in Vanity Fair about Baldwin's local-boy mentality.
"I'd take off in a minute and go live in France for a year. He's got his mind set on living his life out on Long Island," Kim griped.
One veteran Hollywood publicist tells People: Alec is a pretty loose cannon, [but Kim] is not exactly a poster girl for stability." The publicist was referring to Basinger's panic attacks and bouts with agoraphobia.