“People call me all the time and say, ‘Can she be in a movie, can she model?’” Birkhead, 43, said of his 10-year-old, whom he had with the late Anna Nicole Smith. “I didn’t care about it, so I’d say, ‘No, she’s not interested.’ She’s just a regular kid. She’s into technology now, and she’s into games and these YouTube videos.”
Larry has tried to keep Dannielynn’s upbringing as normal and as private as possible since Smith’s death in 2007, recently celebrating her 10th birthday at Universal Studios in Hollywood. However, every year they make it a tradition to attend and walk the red carpet at the Kentucky Derby. Larry and Dannielynn have resided in Louisville, Kentucky, for years.
“I made a conscious decision a long time ago to move to Kentucky,” Larry explained during a sit-down with Natalie Morales, which aired on Monday, September 12. “I do that on purpose because it takes away the chase, it takes away the curiosity, it takes away the false stories.”
The late Smith gave birth to Dannielynn in September 2006, five months before her death at the age of 39. At the time, multiple men, including attorney Howard K. Stern, claimed paternity of Dannielynn. Larry was eventually declared the father after taking a DNA test.
“You look back on it and I’m a better person and a stronger person because of the stuff that I went through. I look back 10 years, I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Larry told Today. “I’m not the best dad — I have my faults — but I do the best I can with what the situation is.”
Still, Larry does face some tough days as a single parent. “There’s things left unanswered, things that I didn’t get to say to [Anna Nicole], and it’s tough when you go to school and you’re filling out the forms. It gets me every year. And you have to put ‘deceased’ on her mom’s information,” he explained to Morales. “We make the best of it, and I think Dannielynn’s best days are still to come. She’s got such a bright future in front of her, and I try every day to keep a little bit of the memory alive of her mom.”
Watch Larry and Dannielynn in the video above.
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