Kim Basinger has claimed she had to ‘relearn how to drive’ after years of suffering from agoraphobia had left her housebound, while speaking with Jada Pinkett Smith on Red Table Talk.
The 68-year-old star of 9½ Weeks appeared on the talk show with her daughter Ireland Baldwin in an episode released Wednesday, revealing that she battled the condition for years not knowing what it was.
Agoraphobia, an anxiety disorder that can create a fear of leaving one’s own home, is said to affect around 2% of adults in the United States, and Basinger says her condition got so bad she wouldn’t leave her house and ‘would no longer go to dinner.’
Telling all: Kim Basinger claims she had to ‘relearn to drive’ after battle with agoraphobia left her housebound… as she appears on Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith
‘I had to relearn to drive, and for many years I would not go through the tunnels at Malibu,’ Basinger said on the show.
‘Everything used to make me nervous, like the glass [sliding] to open the door, or, “Where do I step to open the door?” Everything became a big job to figure out how to do it.’
‘You live with a dry mouth all the time, you’re very shaky, you’re just so exhausted all the time,’ she added.
Basinger described living with agoraphobia as ‘like something just completely shuts down within you and you have to relearn everything.’
Carrying on: Jada Pinkett Smith is pressing ahead with Red Table Talk series, after husband Will Smith’s slapgate at the Oscars
Family affair: Her daughter Ireland, 26, also came on the show to talk about her health struggles, revealing that she was once self-medicating with the drug Xanax
Struggles: Ireland told Jada’s daughter Willow Smith that she didn’t speak to her mother or father, Alec Baldwin, for almost a year
The star – who was married to Alec Baldwin (1993-2002) and before that Ron Snyder (1980-1989) – is currently dating stylist Mitch Stone, and the pair reside in Los Angeles, California.
Her daughter Ireland, 26, also came on the show to talk about her health struggles, revealing that she was once self-medicating with the drug Xanax and drinking too much alcohol.
At this point in her life, Ireland told Jada’s daughter Willow Smith that she didn’t speak to her mother or father, Alec Baldwin, for almost a year.
‘I saw them here and there but I was so ashamed of what I had become and how I was living,’ she said.
Candid: Kim Basinger attends the premiere of Universal Pictures’ Fifty Shades Darker at The Theater at Ace Hotel on February 2, 2017 in Los Angeles, California
Ireland added: ‘I just became this different person. I was emaciated in every way; I was lifeless.’
Much has been made of the return of Red Table Talk, given the circumstances around host Jada and her husband Will Smith following the infamous slapgate at the Oscars.
The 50-year-old media personality did not speak on the matter but did release a written statement at the beginning of the first episode of season five her Facebook Watch series.
It read: ‘Considering all that has happened in the last few weeks, the Smith family has been focusing on deep healing.
Interesting: Regardless the trailer for season 5 of Red Table Talk was released last week which promised ‘powerful and healing conversations’
But as candid as the guests will be this season, its unclear how candid Jada will be about drama in her own life – specifically, the Oscars slap
‘Some of the discoveries around our healing will be shared at the table when the time calls. Until then…the table will continue offering itself to powerful, inspiring and healing testimonies like that of our incredibly impressive first guest.’
It still remains unclear how candid Jada will be about her own life.
Though she has opened up about personal matters in the past — including affairs — the trailer makes no mention of how her husband slapped Chris Rock during the live Oscars broadcast last month after the comedian made a joke about her buzzcut.
Jada has been open in the past about her struggles with alopecia.
After the slap, Will returned to his seat and screamed ‘keep my wife’s name out of your f*****g mouth’ twice.