Karl Stefanovic's daughter all grown up in 18th birthday snaps: 'Proud'

The Today show presenter shared a sweet tribute to his daughter Willow.

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Karl Stefanovic has shared a sweet tribute to his daughter, Willow, on her 18th birthday, with the teenager looking all grown up in the snaps.

Acting every inch like the proud dad, the Today host uploaded a carousel of photos to Instagram to celebrate his daughter’s big day.

“Happy birthday to our 18 year old goddess. I'm so proud of you. I will love you forever. And beyond,” he wrote.

Karl Stefanovic and Willow Stefanovic posing together
Karl Stefanovic has shared a sweet tribute to his daughter, Willow Stefanovic. Photo: Instagram/Karl Stefanovic
Karl Stefanovic and Willow Stefanovic on his shoulders
One photo showed Karl with Willow on his shoulders. Photo: Instagram/Karl Stefanovic

The photos chronicle Willow and her dad’s relationship throughout the years, with one very sweet snap showing a front toothless Willow looking delighted on the shoulders of her father.

Another shows Willow partying with her stepmother, Jasmine Stefanovic, and cradling her baby sister, Harper.

Karl has long been a supportive dad and when Willow made her modelling debut back in 2021 in a major photoshoot with Stellar magazine, her famous TV host father said he was all for her career decision.

“He backs me 100 per cent as long as I’m happy,” Willow said at the time.


Karl Stefanovic and a young Willow Stefanovic
Proud dad Karl and his daughter Willow. Photo: Instagram/Karl Stefanovic
Willow and Jasmine Stefanovic dancing
One photo showed Willow dancing with her stepmother Jasmine Stefanovic. Photo: Instagram/Karl Stefanovic

Her proud dad added: “She doesn’t go into anything blindly, especially the fashion world. She’s a strong, independent young woman and wants to pursue lots of things in life. We love her spirit.”

Willow, whose first name is Ava but has decided to use her middle name professionally, is Karl’s daughter whom he had with his ex-wife, Cassandra Thorburn.

Karl Stefanovic and Cassandra Thorburn split in 2016 after 21 years of marriage.

Willow and Harper Stefanovic
Willow can be seen cradling Harper in the last photo. Photo: Instagram/Karl Stefanovic

Speaking about her life aspirations, Willow praised her mum as “the one who put in the hard yards to get me to this point”.

Karl married Jasmine Yarbrough at the end of 2018 and the loved-up couple are now the parents to adorable four-year-old Harper May Stefanovic.

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