Bindi Irwin has made her first public appearance after announcing a month-long break to focus on her happiness just over a week ago.
The 22-year-old joined her family at Australia Zoo for the opening of ‘Grace’s Bird Garden’, named in honour of her daughter Grace Warrior Powell.
Her husband Chandler Powell took to Instagram to share the news with a sweet family photo, writing: “Grace’s Bird Garden is officially open”.
In a statement from Australia Zoo, Terri Irwin elaborated on how 3-month-old Grace has made her mark on the family business.
“This is such a beautiful, tranquil walk-through bird habitat, you are guaranteed to feel the zen. Grace certainly is!” she said.
“With nearly 180 birds to share your day, you’ll experience different birds every time you visit!”
The opening of the exhibition comes after Bindi Irwin sparked controversy last month when she claimed that her grandfather has “ignored” her since she was a little girl.
“Unfortunately my grandfather Bob has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family,” she wrote in a lengthy reply to a fan who had asked why Bindi didn’t include her grandfather in a Father’s Day post online.
“He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart but it is not healthy to engage in an abusive relationship.”
Members of Bob’s family quickly clapped back at the young wildlife conservationist, labelling her comments as “lies”.
Shortly after, Bindi shared on social media that she would be stepping away from the public eye for a while.
“I feel tremendously grateful to share our life and conservation work with you but I need some time to focus on the happiness that is my family (both human and animal),” she explained on Instagram.
She went on to stress the importance of mental health and surrounding yourself with “people who genuinely care about you and will support you during the good times and the hard times”.
Terri also took to Twitter to share a cryptic post quoting author and military veteran Steve Maraboli.
“Avoiding certain people to protect your mental health is not a weakness, it’s wisdom,” the quote read.
Earlier this week, Robert Irwin joined Sunrise to chat about the family’s “new chapter” and give an update on how Bindi has been coping.
“Bindi’s doing so good, she’s really been taking time to focus on her little family,” he detailed.
“Her and Chandler, they are just the best parents. I’m honoured that I get to be a part of little Grace’s life.
“It just feels like this new chapter for our family. It’s really lovely.”
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