It’s been one heck of a day for Bindi Irwin, who is not only celebrating her 21st birthday on Wednesday, July 24, but also her highly anticipated engagement to boyfriend Chandler Powell! But while the Australian conservationist enjoys the many blessings in her life, she can’t help but wish her late dad, Steve Irwin, was around.
“Some days you feel the grief more than others. What gets to me are those moments when I’d love him to be here to share what we’re doing,” Bindi candidly shared with Stellar magazine ahead of her milestone birthday. “It could be when my brother [Robert Irwin] 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.'”
The stunning TV personality — who was just 8 years old when her father tragically passed after being stabbed in the heart by a stingray — even dished that some days the grief is too much to bear. “There’s old footage of Dad with the crocodiles and, even though I’ve seen the video maybe 50 times, that day I started crying.”
The Crocodile Hunter may not be around for these incredible moments with his family, but we know he is smiling down on Bindi as she celebrates her 21st birthday and recent engagement.
In honor of Bindi’s special day, scroll through the gallery below to check out her cutest pics with dad Steve!
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