updated 07/03/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/03/2013 AT 9:45 AM ET
Alec Baldwin is done with Twitter – and maybe even acting.
Deleting his Twitter account after lashing out at a British journalist who claimed Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, was Tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral – Baldwin later apologized for the remarks – the Blue Jasmine actor defended his decision to forgo the social media service to Vanity Fair on Monday.
“I went to Jimmy Gandolfini’s funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn’t have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn’t give a f–– about social media,” Baldwin, 55, explained.
He continued, “I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. Meaning it’s fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I’m going to try where I just don’t do this anymore.”
With a baby on the way – Baldwin is also dad to 17-year-old aspiring model Ireland Basinger Baldwin with ex-wife Kim Basinger – Twitter might just be the first step in Baldwin’s desire to lead a more private life.
“I’m having a baby. And everyone has seen how certain things have played out with my daughter, which as been very painful – it’s been really unpleasant. That has consequences, and I do not want that to happen with my next child. I have one dream in my life and that is that this daughter I’m having – she comes to me about seven or eight years from now, she has a friend, and she’s at her house and she says, ‘Daddy, Susie’s mom says you used to be on TV. Daddy, is that true?’ ” he said. “She has no knowledge of me as a public person. That would be heaven for me.”