Terri Irwin admitted that she hasn’t dated since her late husband’s death in a revealing interview.
You can’t really blame Terri Irwin for not wanting to get back into the dating game. Being the boss of Australia Zoo and raising two kids on her own, plus all of her conservation initiatives don’t really leave her a whole lot of free time.
And while she’s adding yet more to her plate by starring in a new TV series on Animal Planet, Terri tells People that she really doesn’t mind the single life.
“I think it’s wonderful when people who have lost someone find love again, but I’m not personally looking, and I haven’t been on a date in 27 years,” Terri said in an interview for the latest issue. “In fact, it’s been so long, I’ve had a couple of lovely women ask me out because they figured that’s the case. But I’m content. I have two beautiful kids, a really full plate. I’ve already had my happily ever after.”
Steve and Terri met way back in 1991 and by all accounts, it was a whirlwind romance. While on a tour of Australia the pair met at the Australia Zoo, a zoo founded by Steve’s father and where Terri works today. According to Steve, "It was love at first sight." Four months later they were engaged, and eight months later they were wed in Oregon, with Terri flying off to live with Steve in Australia shortly thereafter.
Even back then, Steve and Terri were singularly focused on wildlife conservation. They filmed footage for their first episode of Crocodile Hunter while on their honeymoon. Now that’s love.
The pair had two kids, Bindi Sue Irwin,19, and Robert Clarence, Irwin 14. Steve died in 2006 after being struck in the heart by a stingray while filming for an upcoming documentary.
November 15. Steve Irwin Day. Today we remember all that Dad achieved for wildlife and wild places around the world. He taught me that we must all treat animals the way we wish to be treated. I think that his advice applies to both animals and people. In order to protect our planet, we must first learn to be kind in every part of life. If we are able to show kindness for each other we can be kind to our wildlife and in turn, our planet. I strive to encourage people to remember that conservation is not only about the cute and cuddly creatures, but also our crocodilians, snakes and sharks. We are all connected in some way.
“No matter the circumstances are that you lose someone, nobody’s truly prepared,” said Terri. “Steve’s accident was so unexpected, it was extremely challenging.”
After Steve’s death, Terri took solace in her children. “We’d each say our favorite part of the day, what we were most looking forward to tomorrow and a good deed we did that day,” said Terri. “You can’t focus on yourself. You need to focus on what you’re doing for others and then you can start to heal.”
Still, Terri admits that she misses Steve every day, she won’t let her grief slow her down. “Steve was someone who was larger than life and really did live life to the fullest,” she says. “Even though he died at 44 years of age he lived such a full life and that’s what I want to do and share.”