Terri Irwin's heartbreaking admission about husband Steve

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Terri Irwin has opened up about her love life and the numerous men she has been romantically linked with over the years, confirming she is "very, very, very single".

The 57-year-old lost husband Steve Irwin in 2006 when he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming a wildlife documentary, leaving Terri without her husband and children Bindi and Robert without their dad.

Steve Irwin and Terri Irwin
Terri Irwin has confronted one of the many rumours that has plagued her over the years since the passing of her husband Steve Irwin. Photo: Getty

Speaking with Qweekend magazine in The Courier Mail, Terri revealed she has most recently been linked with John Travolta, a surprising addition to the list.

"But you know, and I keep saying this, and I think maybe 15 years later people are finally starting to believe me, Steve was it for me," she told the publication. "That’s just the way it is. I had a big, big love and it was enough to last a lifetime."

Terri shared that she was "comfortable" being single and was "too busy" to be involved with anyone.

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"I think when you become a young widow, it can be uncomfortable for other couples, that whole, 'Oh well, now she’s single, is she looking around?' And my male friends are more comfortable, they can see I’m not chasing them. I’m too busy to chase anybody."

"I have kept track because it’s kind of funny … let’s see, apparently it’s all the Hogans – that’s Paul and Hulk; Russell Crowe, and most recently, it’s Richard Wilkins," she shared. " think the most flattering would be Russell because he is such a good person, and a very good friend to our family, and I actually do really love him because he loved Steve and they were such good friends.

Terri Irwin and Russell Crowe
Terri says the most flattering person she's been rumoured to date is Russell Crowe, because he's 'such a good person' and he and Steve were such good friends. Photo: Getty
The Irwin family
The Irwins celebrated Steve Irwin Day on Monday with Bindi penning a tribute to her father which read: "Your legacy will live on forever. I love you for even longer." Photo: Instagram/Bindi Irwin

"You know, he stepped up so much when Steve died. Russell was the very first person to call me afterwards, and he just said, 'I am so, so sorry.' It meant a lot and now I kind of feel sorry for him because he is forever being linked to me so I could be cramping his style – same for Richard Wilkins."

Terri also shared how Covid has affected Australia Zoo with the pandemic causing them to let go 300 of their once 500 person team.

She also revealed she had taken out a bank loan to cover "at least 20 years of fallout" from the pandemic, saying she wants to be prepared for whatever comes next. 

New Idea recently reported Terri "might soon explore the option of selling" the once-popular tourist destination. 

Bindi, 23, admitted last year the zoo was almost on the brink of collapse as the family struggled to keep the business afloat during the Covid pandemic.

Robert Irwin, Terri Irwin, Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell
The Irwins' Australia Zoo has been struggling since the pandemic began with just their feeding bills for the animals reaching $80,000 a week. Photo: Getty

"For us, this year was filled with both tremendous joy and heartbreaking loss," Bindi shared on New Year's Eve. "Our Wildlife Hospital was the busiest it’s ever been due to the Australian bushfires that raged across the country. We worked hard to send support to the front lines of destruction. 

"We have now treated over 100,000 patients since our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital opened. This year marked Australia Zoo’s 50th birthday and for the first time in our history we had to close our gates to guests for 78 days due to the pandemic. Our animal food bills alone are about $80,000 per week and we spent our days trying to keep our team and family of animals safe."

She continued, "Every moment of every day the question of when or if we would recover burned in the back of our minds. However, we were reminded that there is always hope on the horizon. Things turned around in Australia and we were able to open our doors once again to people needing a safe haven of gardens and wildlife. Our conservation work continued to go from strength to strength, supporting species protection around the world."

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