Bindi Irwin took the world by storm this year on the latest season of Dancing with the Stars, becoming an early fan favorite before taking home in the trophy as the deserving winner.
She and partner Derek Hough not only danced their booties off, they also showed an unparalleled commitment to each other. Plus, they were just all-around nice people. Remember when Bindi tried to trash talk her opponents and just ended up predicting they'd do a good job? You just can't get the goodness out of her, as proven by the life lessons she learned from her late father.
That contagious happiness makes Bindi's new comments about family all the more surprising and somewhat heartbreaking. She recently spoke to the Daily Mail about her estrangement from her grandfather following the tragic death of her dad, Steve Irwin, and she really opened up.
Bindi's proven once again that she's wise beyond her years
Her grandfather, Bob Irwin, is the father of Steve, who pulled away from Bindi and the rest of her immediate family once the Crocodile Hunter passed away in 2006.
"Everyone deals with grief differently. When my dad passed away, he chose to distance himself from everything that dad loved the most."
Let's take a minute to remember that Bindi is 17 years old and she still manages to speak with the kind of self-assurance and poise that most adults haven't even mastered. Most teens would be furious at a grandparent for this virtual abandonment, but Bindi remains empathetic and understanding.
"At the moment we’re really just respecting his wishes because he hasn’t had anything to do with us for a long time and he decided his own path. That’s important, so good for him."
For his part, grandpa Bob has said that his grief has made him want to forget any associations with his departed son. When asked if Steve would want his family to be reunited, he replied:
"Yes he would probably, but life's a b**** sometimes."
Despite her grandfather's less than promising response, Bindi clearly has a good head on her shoulders, and I'm sure she will continue to make waves with the support of those in her life.
(Source: Daily Mail)