Sometimes it’s hard to remember that there was a family left behind after Steve Irwin’s death. He found a way to incorporate his passion with his career, and unfortunately, it that passion also cost him his life in an unexpected and tragic way. You would think because of it his children would not follow in his footsteps, but that couldn’t be further from the truth for his daughter. Bindi Irwin is now 19, and aside from dealing with the loss of her father, she was, on the other hand, also lucky enough to watch him do what he did best and experience his adventures with him.
She’s a great girl who is known to be caring and loving, especially with animals. She’s very much like her father. Bindi grew up into a beautiful woman and could certainly consider a career in modelling. Thinking back, we remember when Bindi first appeared on her dad’s show when she was only two years old. She was always taught to treat animals with kindness, to bestow the same treatment that she would expect. Those were great lessons to pass on to his children.
Steve Irwin passed away at the tragic age of 44, but he left behind him quite the legacy. Who knows, maybe Bindi will get her own show. Check out these 15 things you didn’t know about Steve Irwin’s daughter.
15. She Never Wore Heels Before
Bindi Irwin was invited to join season 21 of Dancing With the Stars and partnered up with Derek Hough. The two ended up winning at the end of the season. What was surprising about Bindi’s experience was that it was the first time she had ever worn high heels. It must have made learning to dance a little more difficult as most women have been wearing heels for years. The first time she tried them on, she apparently fell right down. “I never knew I would learn so much about rhinestones and glitter and high heels,” she joked. “The most special part of this experience is to really be able to grow and touch on parts of my life that I never thought I would really go to and be able to share my journey and story with so many others.”
14. She Feels like She’s Lived 10 Lives
One thing about losing a parent at a young age is that it can force you to grow up really quick. We don’t wish anything like that on anyone. Bindi told News Corp, “I feel like I’ve lived ten lives in one lifetime.” Bindi has been up to all sorts of things. Not only did she participate in Dancing With the Stars, but she’s also continued on with her father’s work with animals. It’s important to her to keep her father’s legacy alive not just to honor him, but to also take care of the animals that she holds so dear to her heart. She’s definitely a girl that has a big heart and we look forward to seeing all the wonderful things that she does with her life.
13. She Misses Her Grandfather
Not everyone wanted to be part of Steve Irwin’s legacy after he passed and that included his father. Bindi, her brother, and her mother embraced the life Steve left behind, but Bob Irwin wanted nothing to do with that life once Steve died. Since the death of her father, Bindi has talked about how her grandfather became a recluse after his son’s death. “When my dad passed away, [my grandfather] chose to distance himself from everything that dad loved the most.” Bindi has stated that the family has decided to respect his wishes, but it’s not always easy. “There was one year where we sent birthday presents to him and he opened them up and he sent them back.” People deal with grief differently and hopefully, her grandfather will be able to find his way back to the family soon.
12. She Wrote A Book
Can a 19-year-old write a memoir? Well, we suppose if she feels like she’s lived 10 lives, then she probably has a lot of material to write about. The book apparently is close to being finished, and it’s an interesting story about how she grew up in an Australian zoo. It certainly sounds like an interesting read. “I am writing a book and it’s one of those things, you are writing and you think you are in the right space, but then you rewrite the whole thing. The book is about my journey, my journey growing up at Australia Zoo and traveling around the world with our conservation work.” We’re likely to see glimpses of her family life and, of course, how the death of her father affected her life.
11. She Has A Boyfriend
Young Bindi Irwin has apparently found the one and there have even been rumors that they are secretly engaged as well. They moved in together this past year, so we’re sure an engagement is not far off, especially since Bindi believes that Chandler Powell was sent to her by her father. Powell has moved into the compound at the Australia Zoo and it’s likely that he will be following in the footsteps of Steve Irwin. “I’m lucky I have found the one, the person I want to spend all my time with. Mum and Robert and I have talked about that a lot. We all think dad would have loved Chandler.” Chandler seems just as taken with Bindi as she is with him. “These are the moments you wish that you could just press ‘pause’ and hold onto forever. These hugs mean everything to me.”
10. Bindi And Terri Have A Serious Crush On Russell Crowe
Seriously, who can blame them? Bindi and Terri have been quoted many times gushing about how much they love the Gladiator actor, Russell Crowe. Apparently, he’s an old friend of Steve Irwin’s and he has spent time with the family on occasion. This year, there were even rumors speculating that Terri Irwin and Russell Crowe were dating. Terri was quick to squash those rumors, however, stating that she still misses her husband. “He is very lucky to be embroiled in all of these great rumors. We are friends, so he did contact me and ask me if there was something I should let him know,” she said to US Weekly. “In all honesty, he and Steve became friends many years ago, and after Steve passed, you find out who your true friends are,” she continued. “And Russell has been very loyal as a great friend.”
9. Bindi Is Likely Worth $3 Million
That’s a lot of money for a 19-year-old, but she is certainly a girl that seems wise beyond her years. For such a young girl, she has already amassed quite the fortune. She was paid $230, 000 alone to appear on Dancing With the Stars. Like she said, she has lived ten lives, so for such a young girl she has done a lot in her career. She was a child actor and made many TV appearances over the years. Now she’s writing a book, so it’s likely her fortune will continue to grow over the years. It’s quite the nest egg for the girl to build a life with, that’s for sure. She has her whole life ahead of her, so she has lots of time to further grow her career as well.
8. Her Boyfriend Was An Athlete
When Bindi met her boyfriend, Chandler Powell, in 2012, he was a professional wakeboarder. Talk about a cool career. When he was in Australia in 2013 for a competition, he decided to visit the Australia Zoo and that was when he met Bindi. He made sure to get her digits and soon enough, they were talking. It wasn’t long before they realized they were soul mates. What are the chances? Sometimes love finds us in the strangest of places. These days, however, he’s working more and more at the Australia Zoo. He’s already wrangled his first crocodile, so he is definitely being inspired by Steve Irwin and his family a little more each day. There are rumors that he’s trying to learn as much as he can with the intention of eventually taking over.
7. She’s Not On Facebook
What? How is this possible? Isn’t everyone in the world on Facebook? Sometimes it seems that way. You would think that someone who is famous would take advantage of Facebook, but Bindi has always avoided it. She is on Twitter and Instagram, with 1.5 million followers, but for some reason, she has said that Facebook terrifies her. In fact, she has no intention of going on Facebook unless she absolutely has to. She seems to be doing just fine without it, so we don’t imagine we will see Bindi on Facebook anytime soon. The best part about Bindi is that she wants to keep her life as private as possible. It sounds like the young girl has a good head on her shoulders. But you’d like to get a glimpse of what she’s up to, check her out on Instagram.
6. She Was In Maxim’s Hot 100 List
In 2016, Bindi made number 8 on Henley’s Maxim HOT 100 list. Bindi obviously grew up to be a hottie and Maxim definitely took notice. The list honors the most successful, talented, and, of course, beautiful women in Australia. Bindi posted this photo on Instagram and stated, “My goal in life is to empower each and every person around the world to embrace themselves inside and out. Beauty is not just found on the outside, it’s the kindness you share with others and the positivity you embrace every day. If your core values revolve around love and light, you are a beautiful person.” Pretty great words for a young woman and you can see just how much she has grown over the years.
5. She Was Named After A Crocodile
There is no doubt about the love that Steve Irwin had for crocodiles. He loved them so much, he named his daughter after one. There is a crocodile at the Australia Zoo that is named Bindi and it was Steve’s favorite crocodile. It was no wonder he wanted to name his daughter after the creature. He had a deep love for all animals all over the world. Not everyone would be fond of naming their child after a crocodile, but if you know anything about the Irwin familiar, then it really doesn’t seem that odd at all. It’s a sweet thought and something that Bindi will have forever to remember her father’s passion. Not to mention, she is also an animal ambassador, so the name is a perfect fit.
4. She Made A Fitness DVD
We have to admit; we are a little shocked ourselves. How on Earth did she come up with this one? This kid has been doing everything it seems. It’s kind of hilarious, especially since she’s a little kid in the video. It was just part of the many projects she did as a child actor. Bindi has always been vocal about how important it is to be healthy, so it made sense that she made a fitness DVD. Maybe now that she’s an adult, she will make an adult version. If you are interested in checking the video out, it’s called, Bindi KidFitness with Steve Irwin and the Crocmen. We’re not sure who the Crocmen are or what their purpose is in the video, but we are intrigued enough to find out.
3. She Delivered Her Dad’s Eulogy
It seems like a big responsibility for such a young girl, but at the time, that was what Bindi wanted. It’s been over a decade since Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray. Despite her age, Bindi was given the task of honoring her father at the funeral. She was just a child and yet, her speech was straight from the heart — so touching and far more mature than what you would expect from a young Bindi. She was only eight at the time of his passing.
2. She’s Taking Over The Zoo
It’s no real surprise to hear that Bindi plans to run the Australia Zoo one day. In fact, she probably has plans for Chandler to take on a lot of the responsibility as well. After all, her new beau could literally follow in her father’s footsteps. Bindi already works at the zoo, but she disclosed in an interview with the Australian news that she was looking forward to the day when she would be the manager of the Australia Zoo. She has no intention of leaving the zoo that she has been working at since she was a young child. She has plans to dip into other projects here and there, but she will always stay where her father’s passion lives and that was where the animals are. We think she has a great future ahead of her.
1. She Gave All Her Money Away
She was paid a huge lump sum for appearing on Dancing With the Stars. She was reportedly paid around $230,000 for the time she spent on the show. That’s quite the coin for a young girl. She knew exactly what she was going to do with the money, however, and that was to give it to the animals. Her family has a foundation called Wildlife Warrior and that was where she intended to donate the money to. “Everything that I make goes back to wildlife conservation,” she told TMZ. “It’s wonderful. It’s who we are.” The nonprofit organization was set up in 2002 by the family and it’s a project that they are very proud of. “We have conservation projects all over the world,” said Bindi. It’s awesome that such a young girl would be willing to give away her winnings. It sounds like an amazing project and one that she is clearly proud of.
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