Kim Basinger reveals the battle with agoraphobia that has prevented her from leaving the house

Oscar-winner Kim Basinger has revealed that she suffers from anxiety and agoraphobia that have kept her from leaving the house.

Best known for roles in LA Confidential, Batman and 8 Mile, the 68-year-old star has largely stayed out of the spotlight in recent years.

In a clip from an interview on Jada Pinkett Smith’s chat show Red Table Talk, which aired on US breakfast show Good Morning America, Basinger said, “I wouldn’t leave the house. I wouldn’t go to dinner anymore.”

The NHS describes agoraphobia as “a fear of finding yourself in situations where escape might be difficult or that no help would be available if something went wrong”.

She added: “It’s really horrible to feel this as intensely as I did during those years and not know what it was.

“It’s like something inside you shuts down completely and you have to relearn everything.

“I had to relearn how to drive. And I wouldn’t walk through the tunnels of Malibu for many years.

“Everything used to make me nervous, like… where do I step to open the door? Everything became a big task to figure out how to do it.”

Basinger, who shares daughter Ireland with ex-husband Alec Baldwin, added that she has also had physical symptoms, saying: “You live with a dry mouth all the time. You are very shaky. You’re just so exhausted all the time.”

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The full interview will be part of the next episode of Red Table Talk on Facebook Watch, which airs on Tuesdays. Kim Basinger reveals the battle with agoraphobia that has prevented her from leaving the house

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