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Larry Birkhead fought tooth and nail to offer a cushty and constant life for daughter, Dannielynn, after her late mom, Anna Nicole Smith, died when she was simply 5 months previous in 2007.
Birkhead, 49, met the late Playboy Playmate on the Kentucky Derby in 2003, and regardless of maintaining their relationship comparatively personal on the time, he is continued to return to the historic annual occasion as a strategy to honor the previous and proceed creating new traditions along with his little lady.
“We had a really great time, and it’s kind of been a tradition that we would go every year,” he advised Each day Submit Digital of the annual affair on the Barnstable Brown Derby Gala for the pre-Derby diabetes fundraiser.
“That’s where I met Anna Nicole Smith. And it’s something that I’ve taken my daughter back every year since. She’s old enough to kind of understand what it is.”
He added: “Since I did meet her mom there, it started off just kind of me taking her back and showing her around and kind of letting her know the stories that, you know, this is kind of where I met your mom and things. And then it came to kind of people look for my daughter there because I really don’t let her do any public events. And so, in all honesty, the Kentucky Derby is kind of the growth chart for Dannielynn.”
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Birkhead later boasted on Instagram that his teenager appeared identical to her mother’s “twin” because the pair posed collectively earlier than heading off to a Janet Jackson live performance.
“Well, you know, the thing is, 364 days out of the year, she’s sitting around the house, probably with no makeup on, just kind of in sweats like any other teenager,” he stated. “But that one day she gets up… And when she gets fixed up, she’s kind of like her mom. She’s a chameleon.
“… When she will get mounted up, she’s form of like her mother. She’s a chameleon.”
“She seems like her mother, you understand, particularly with make-up on, clearly. However she actually, you understand, form of struck me as as a result of she does not put on make-up so much. And that is form of like a teen, a coming of age factor the place she’s form of like her personal type.”
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Birkhead fought to establish his paternal rights when Dannielynn was born in the Bahamas in September 2006, and became a central figure in public court battles following Anna Nicole’s untimely death on Feb. 8, 2007 after multiple people attempted to claim paternity.
Following a DNA take a look at in April 2007, a decide declared Birkhead the daddy, and he has since raised his daughter out of the Hollywood highlight and in his dwelling state of Kentucky.
He stated his daughter will get gives for films and tv roles “all the time,” however is just “not interested in” residing a life in entrance of a digital camera — at the least not but.
“If it’s something that does interest her one day and something that she wants to do, that’s fine,” he stated. “But right at this point, right now, you know, she is a 10th grader. She’s making really good grades. She’s in school, and her focus is kind of that — being a normal kid. And that’s kind of OK.”
Birkhead added: “She’s having a good time. She’s happy, and that’s really kind of what it’s about, really to me.”
It is not misplaced on the previous photographer how necessary it’s to boost Dannielynn with out added distractions, which comes as no simple feat being the daughter of one of many world’s most mentioned fashions for a myriad of causes.
Anna Nicole was recognized simply as a lot for her physique of labor in Playboy and performing credentials as she was for her second marriage to billionaire J. Howard Marshall. Smith was 26 years previous when she walked down the aisle to marry the 89-year-old oil govt in 1994 through the highly-publicized nuptials.
“Since I did meet her mom there, it started off just kind of me taking her back and showing her around and kind of letting her know the stories that, you know, this is kind of where I met your mom and things.”
Birkhead does not have a tough time maintaining Anna Nicole’s reminiscence alive for Dannielynn, however he does attempt to make sure that at the least good messages are acquired between the much less favorable.
“There’s not really a day really that goes by that someone doesn’t come up to us, approaches and says, ‘Hey, I loved your mom,’ or, you know, she did this, or she did that, you know, on a more positive level,” he stated.
“But as far as the negative things are concerned, I mean, I’ve told anyone, you know, early on about, here are some things that, and I’m not judging her mom on things that she’s done because no one’s perfect, but I’ll say things like, ‘This is some things that your mom did here. This is what, you know, use it as a learning lesson. And this is a decision that you would have to make on your own,’ and kind of use it as a life lesson versus, you know.”
He added: “But at the same time, I also tell her, you know, how Anna was portrayed in the media. And there’s this whole, you know, this new reckoning of people analyzing the way that women and celebrities were treated in the media. And I think Britney Spears is one of those people that people kind of tend to take a second look at and say, ‘Hey, did we really, you know, treat this girl the right way? Is there something else we can do, you know, to tell the story a different way?’ And I sometimes I use those things as learning lesson, but also I use it as a positive reinforcement because are so many things. There’s positive things.”
Birkhead credited his daughter for being a “strong” younger lady and realizing tips on how to navigate her personal feelings.
“It used to be a heavy burden, what I would tell her and what she might grow up to know and things like that,” he stated. “But at the end of the day, I mean, I think she’s so well-adjusted, and some people credit that to the way I’ve brought her up in a parenting — and I appreciate that as a compliment — but she does really great on her own as far as maneuvering through things and dealing with things.”
“… Here I am, I didn’t plan on doing it alone. But, you know, it is what it is, and we’ve made the best of it.”
In the case of wanting towards the longer term along with his daughter, Birkhead remained assured that he’s on the appropriate path regardless of what started as a difficult begin into his journey as a father.
“To me, it was just about, you know — Anna and I had this plan. We were going to have a child,” he stated. “And the reality is — different plans. It didn’t really quite work out the way we hoped it would or was supposed to. And, things go in a different direction.
“However on the finish of the day, I am nonetheless as devoted as being a mother or father… and right here I’m. I did not plan on doing it alone. However, you understand, it’s what it’s, and we have made the most effective of it.”
Each day Submit’ Larry Fink contributed to this report