13 years since Steve Irwin’s death, his daughter’s life changes quickly

We all loved Steve Irwin, better known as the Crocodile Hunter. The Australian conservationist, zookeeper, and TV personality made us love exotic animals and care for the environment through his program, and although it has been more than a decade since his fateful accident, Steve is always going to be remembered.

But perhaps, you have been wondering what happened to his wife and his two children. Well, it turns out one of them is pretty famous, Bindi Irwin. The daughter of the Crocodile Hunter was only 8 when she lost her father, and today is 20 years old. There are fascinating details about her current life, and we have them all in this article.

A life without dad

We all remember Bindi around twelve years ago as the sweet and animal-loving kid that appeared on The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, the wildlife documentary series that her dad hosted. She was the only daughter of Steve and his wife, Terri Irwin, and the little girl was brought up surrounded by many animals for playmates.

It was not only the program that allowed her to keep in touch with wildlife creatures but also Australia Zoo that her grandfather and naturalist Robert Irwin founded and that now her mom owns. And if that was not enough, when she was only 8, she became the star of her own TV series, Bindi The Jungle Girl

But when Bindi was shooting the first episodes of her show, Steve passed away during an accident at work. At the age of 44, the zookeeper was filming Ocean's Deadliest, an underwater documentary movie at Batt Reef, near Port Douglas, Queensland, when a stingray barb pierced his heart, causing him to bleed to death.

It must have been tough for an eight-year-old girl to lose her father all of a sudden and to grow up without him, but Bindi has done well all this time. In fact, she has been doing a little bit of everything, and that has paid off since some estimates from Celebrity Net Worth say that the young conservationist is worth around $3 million; not bad for a 20-year-old! 

Finding her soulmate

As for her love life, everything has been peaches and cream. She has been dating Chandler Powell, age 21, for a bit more than two years. The lovebirds met while she was giving a tour at Australia Zoo. The American boy recently moved to Australia to be near the love of his life. 

Bindi referred to him as "the one" when she visited the Today Show but also indicated that she is not in a hurry to walk down the aisle. "For us, we are happy just being together and enjoying the adventure. If you are having fun and enjoying your lives, you don’t have to rush. We’re still young."

A Dancing With the Stars winner

We would never imagine the Jungle Girl participating in the popular TV dancing contest, but she made her way to the show in 2015 when she joined the cast for season 21. Bindi needed special permission from a judge in California to take part in DWTS as she was a minor.

Her partner was seasoned pro Derek Hough, and after several dance numbers, the couple managed to hold the mirrorball trophy when they won the season. Regarding her participation, Bindi once joked about it stating that she never imagined learning so much about rhinestones, glitter, and high heels, but the girl also said seriously:

"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."

A Mattel girl

What is any girl's dream? To get your own Barbie, and the young lady joined Mattel family this year. The company chose 17 inspiring women to have their doll versions during the celebration of International Women's Day back in March of this year.

The conservationist was included in the privileged group along with other fantastic women such as filmmaker Patty Jenkins and Chloe Kim, an Olympic snowboarder. About the experience, Bindi expressed in a post on her Twitter account on March 7 that she felt genuinely honored and added:

"International Women's Day encourages us all to reflect on the impact women have had on shaping the world we live in today. This is such a special recognition of women and girls who are making a difference." 

Meeting a future king

A prize from Dancing With the Stars? Checked. Her very Barbie? Checked. Meeting with royalty? Checked! Surprisingly about the latter, Bindi and her family had a brief encounter with Prince Charles from the UK when the future King of England was visiting Australia

The group chatted for a while before joining a discussion about the coral resilience of Lady Elliot Island's Great Barrier Reef at a roundtable meeting on April 6, 2018, in Queensland, Australia. After the contact, she turned to her Instagram account to express how privileged she was to meet with His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and discuss important matters to protect the large living structure. 

Living up to Steve Irwin

But not everything is glitter, ballrooms, and dolls for this young girl. Following her dad's demise, she made a promise of continuing with Steve's life work because she did not want his passion to ever end, as she expressed during her eulogy at the funeral. "I want to help endangered wildlife just like he did," she added.

And she has certainly fulfilled it. She dedicates a lot of her time to the zoo and kept on promoting conservation via television when she starred in 2010's movie Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove. Also, in 2012, she was the host of the wildlife-themed Australian game show, Bindi's Bootcamp

Moreover, she released several albums with her band, Bindi and the Jungle Girls, and the 20-year-old, along with her brother Robert and mom Terri, even made a recent appearance on the show Celebrity Family Feud and played against actress Chrissy Metz and her family. Wow! Bindi is one busy girl!

The Walk of Fame

No, Bindi doesn't have a star there (yet), but the Irwins' clan made the stateside journey to Hollywood last April to receive a star on the Walk of Fame on behalf of Steve. Back in June 2017, it was declared that the famous Crocodile Hunter would be posthumously honored with a star that was unveiled on April 26, 2018. 

A new show

And what everyone was waiting for finally became a reality a short while ago. Bindi, Bob, and Terri returned to American TV with a new show on Animal Planet, as Discovery Communications announced in October. Crikey! It’s the Irwins premiered on Sunday 28th October on the channel. 

According to the stars, the series follows their adventures at Australia Zoo as well as showing their conservation projects around the world. All that is going to be packed with action and fun in what Robert Irwin considers "the most exciting show on the planet." He also said: 

"It’s going to be really, really fun. It’s following all of the incredible highs and lows of zoo life, and it’s really all about how we’re continuing dad’s legacy. Not only do we have the most hands-on zoo in the world, working with over 1,200 amazing animals, but we’re also working with conservations programmes in Africa."

Have you watched the show? And what do you think about Bindi's life? The girl has certainly balanced out her conservation work with some other passions, and we have no doubt her dad would be very proud, don't you think? Let us know your opinion in the comment section and share this article with others who admire the Crocodile Hunter and his clan. 

Sources used: Celebrity Net Worth, Express, Good Housekeeping

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