celebrity

Bindi Irwin lost her dad, Steve, 13 years ago. Here’s what her life looks like now.

It’s been nearly 13 years since Bindi Irwin lost her dad, Steve Irwin.

The 21-year-old was just eight when her father, the iconic TV presenter and wildlife conservationist, was struck through the heart by a stingray barb filming a TV show in 2006.

Australians grieved with the Irwins and watched as Bindi spoke at her father’s funeral, her then-two year-old brother Bob on his mother Terri Irwin’s lap.

Terri Irwin spoke of the moment she learnt of Steve’s death with Anh Doh below. Post continues after video.

Video by ABC

In an exclusive interview with Stellar magazine, Bindi has spoken about the moments in which she misses her dad the most.

“Some days you feel the grief more than others,” the actress, media personality and conservationists told the publication.

“What gets to me are those moments when I’d love him to be here to share what we’re doing. It could be when my brother is receiving an accolade for his photography, or it might be at the end of the day when we’re having dinner and laughing. I’ll think: ‘I wish Dad was here for this.’ But he’s just not there.”

ADVERTISEMENT


Bindi said that although she takes comfort in following in her dad’s footsteps working with animals, and can feel “his spirit in everything we do”, some days, her grief can hit out of the blue.

She recalls feeling this way a few weeks ago while performing Steve Irwin’s memorable crocodile show at Australia Zoo, when footage of her dad she’s seen “maybe 50 times” caused her to cry.

Losing her dad young forced Bindi to grow up quickly and she has achieved so much in her short 21 years so far.

Her career highlights include winning an the Emmy Award for “Outstanding Performer in a Children’s Series” for Bindi: The Jungle Girl in 2008, featuring on-screen in Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove and Crikey! It’s the Irwins, winning the US version of Dancing with the Stars in 2015, and continuing her work with Australia Zoo and Wildlife Warriors, the conservation charity set up by her parents. Currently, Bindi is writing a book marking 50 years of Australia Zoo.

She has also found love with Chandler Powell, a 22-year-old American wakeboarder.

The couple met in 2013 when Chandler visited Australia Zoo and went on a tour Bind was hosting, People reports.

Bindi said what she misses most about her dad is his fatherly advice.

“Sometimes I wish I could ask him a question: ‘How would you do this?’ or ‘What do you think about this?’”

“He was an incredible sounding board and incredibly wise. I miss that.”

You can read Bindi Irwin’s full interview with Stellar here.

Want more Australian celebrity content? Read more below:

00:00 / ???