Daniel Baldwin has told of his heartbreak over his estranged wife's alleged alcohol addiction, after struggling with his own substance abuse demons for years.
The Mulholland Falls star filed for divorce from Joanne earlier this month (Jul11), and was granted a restraining order against his spouse and temporary custody of their two daughters after admitting he fears for their safety.
Joanne was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence, and Baldwin admits he is devastated watching his partner "disintegrate".
He tells CNN news host Piers Morgan, "I've never been on the opposite side of the continuum... The only good thing that has come out of (my addiction) has been the fact that in the 12-step programme, step nine is that you make amends to those that you have harmed... I've had to go back to a number of people in my family, loved ones, and say, 'My God, I'm so sorry. I had no idea what you were feeling.'
"I knew what I did. But I never had to feel it before. Now I'm on the opposite side of the continuum. And it's just an awful and helpless feeling to watch someone that you love disintegrate."
But Baldwin admits he is open to a reconciliation with his wife if she gets clean.
He adds, "She needs to understand that this (the divorce) is an ultimatum now. I can always reverse that or stop that should she decide to get some help...
"I won't rule any of those things out right now... Right now I filed for divorce. I intend on getting divorced. I have a protection order for myself and my children because I cannot control what someone else does... So I have to do what I have to do. My first responsibility has to be to my personal well-being and, moreover, my children and their personal well-being."
The couple married in 2007.