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Larry Birkhead Trying To Give The Late Anna Nicole Smith’s Daughter A Normal Life

It’s been ten years since Anna Nicole Smith passed away at the age of 39. The troubled starlet rocketed to fame as Playboy’s “Playmate of the Year” back in 1993, and she would go on to find success in the modeling world. Smith would make headlines when she married 80-year-old J.Howard Marshall, and there was immediate speculation that she had his sights set solely on his fortune. After his death, she would make even more headlines with a protracted legal battle over his estate that went all the way to the Supreme Court.

Fast forward to the year 2007, and things were particularly challenging in Smith’s world. Her son, Daniel, would pass away, and she would find herself locked in a nasty and public paternity and custody battle over her newborn daughter, Dannielynn. Smith’s own demons would get the better of her from that point, and she was found dead in a Florida hotel room as a result of an overdose on prescription drugs. So whatever became of her daughter?

As AWM shares, she’s residing in Louisville, Kentucky with her father, Larry Birkhead, and it sounds like she’s in good hands.

“My goal for her is to be a child and just do what all kids do,” he said. “I don’t sugarcoat it, I tell her there are some things that her mom did and I try to make her learn from things.”

Birkhead does his best to keep his daughter protected from the negativity that swirls around her mother, and he takes her to visit her mother’s grave when he can.

“Not a week goes by when she doesn’t ask me why I’m not married,” he added.

He also shared an adorable letter that was written by the apple of his eye.

“Ever since my mother’s death, a friend of hers said she would send me pretty butterflies,” she wrote. “So, butterflies chase me everywhere and I let the butterfly come out of my pencil and fly on my paper with its wings of love.”

The duo took in this year’s Kentucky Derby, and the proud dad shared some snaps to commemorate the occasion.

“Dannielynn b4 she raided the dessert room at the Barnstable-Brown Party where I met her Mom in 2003 #lifefullcircle #BarnstableBrownParty,” he wrote.

Commenters have been pretty impressed with the job that Birkhead seems to be doing with Dannielynn, and many offered up words of encouragement.

“To give a child the gift of childhood is the best thing they can ever get. Every child that has played with their parents and done normal things shapes them into happy adults,” shared one user. “He has done a great job, and shielded her so much, given her hobbies and interests, and it’s just joyous to see them, love the bond that Larry Birkhead built with her. Priceless.”

Here’s to hoping that Birkhead continues doing a stellar job and that Dannielynn goes on to have the most normal life possible. Losing a parent at any age is tough, and we can imagine it’s particularly trying for a child that never even knew one of their parents. Since Smith remains a subject of public fascination, she’ll have no trouble learning all that she needs to know about her, but it sounds like Birkhead is up to the task of placing things in context for her so that she can adapt and process things.

Source: AWM, People
Photo: People Screenshot

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