15 years on from the death of Australian icon Steve Irwin, his daughter Bindi has opened up about losing her father at the age of 8 and how it became a “turning point” in her life.
The wildlife conservationist, who welcomed her first child Grace Warrior Powell in March, spoke candidly on a recent episode of the podcast What About Death?! and shared a private diary entry she wrote just a few days after Steve’s passing.
“There was this very vivid time where I was on my own, sitting there and thinking about everything that had happened,” she told Australian Buddhist nun Tsultrim.
“I can remember I was really, really emotional. Dad had just passed away and [her family was] trying to figure out where we go from here.
“One day - I wrote it in my journal, actually - I was like, ‘This is it, I am choosing not to wallow in the sadness anymore. I am choosing to find the strength that dad had and continue on’.”
Bindi went on to describe the experience as “the hardest thing” she and her family have ever gone through, and their grief “walks beside us every day”.
“I remember thinking, this emotion is going to shape me. This is going to be a real turning point on how I continue on with the rest of my life and I want to be strong for my family,” she added.
“And I want to help my family, but also let people know that it’s going to be okay and we’re okay and everything that dad worked for will continue.”
The now-23-year-old also said she remembers wanting to be brave and channel her emotions “into something good”, which led to her speaking at her dad’s memorial service.
“I have the best Daddy in the whole world and I will miss him every day,” she said at the time.
“When I see a crocodile I will always think of him and I know that Daddy made this zoo so everyone could come and learn to love all animals. Daddy made this place his whole life and now it’s our turn to help Daddy.”
‘There is so much happening in Grace Warrior’s life’
Bindi’s candid podcast conversation comes as she recently celebrated her first Christmas with her daughter Grace.
“Celebrating 9 months with this cutie on Christmas Day,” she captioned the sweet snap of Grace in a red dress sitting in front of a Christmas tree.
She also listed all of Grace’s recent achievements, including “crawling, waving, high fives, clapping, eating solids like a champion, saying ‘Dada’, playing with wrapping paper” and her first two teeth.
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