It's hard to believe Bindi Irwin is now 19! It seems like only yesterday that she was a little rug rat scampering about with her father, Steve Irwin. But the tot in khaki has grown up before our very own eyes.
With her father never far from her mind, Bindi revealed that she has a list of qualifications from her late dad that any future beau must meet. "Dad always said, 'You can't date till you're 40, and he has to be able to swim across our largest crocodile pond before he can go out with you,'" she laughed.
Bindi revealed in an interview with People magazine that she still grieves The Crocodile Hunter, who died suddenly in 2006 after a sting ray accident when she was only 8 years old. “That kind of sadness never goes away," she shared. "It's like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back."
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Detailing her experience in the wake of her father's death, she shared, “So many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds.' That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn't."
In spite of her immense loss, Bindi continues to carry on her father's good work as a young conservationist and wildlife champion: "You can take the path that leads you down the aisle of sadness, or you can say, 'I'm never going to let this person's memory die. I'm going to make sure everything they worked for continues,'" she said.
The animal activist is adamant about making her loved-ones proud: "Mom and Dad are truly my heroes. And I have to say, so is my little brother, Robert. He's 11 and he's just the most amazing boy. He's so much like Dad, sometimes it's a bit scary. Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero."
We think Bindi is turning into quite the hero herself, and Steve would be so incredibly proud of his eldest child.
This post was written by Chloe Lal. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.