THE TV PERSONALITY OPENS UP ABOUT LIFE WITHOUT HER LATE HUSBAND — AND WHY SHE’S NOT LOOKING FOR LOVE
Terri Irwin opens up about family, dating and her late husband, Steve, 12 years after the beloved conservationist’s sudden death.
I's been 12 years since beloved conservationist Steve Irwin was tragically killed after a stingray attack in his native Australia. But his widow, Terri, says that the Crocodile Hunter is still constantly on her mind. “I miss Steve. I always wish he was here,” Terri, 54, recently shared, admitting that she hasn’t been on a date since his sudden death. “I’m not really looking [for love]. I’ve kind of had my happily ever after and a great marriage — and a great 14 years [with Steve]. I’m content.” Instead, the mother of two, who stars in the new Animal Planet series Crikey! It’s the Irwins alongside her and Steve’s kids, Bindi, 20, and Robert, 14, tries her best to keep her late husband’s memory alive. “Every day we make a conscious decision to celebrate his life as he would have wanted, instead of being sad,” said Terri, adding that she sees so much of Steve in their children. “Robert is exactly like his dad, physically and in his mannerisms. Bindi is a tender soul, but is up for anything and a stack of fun.” She also feels lucky that her “awesome” kids are so passionate about carrying on Steve’s legacy. “At first I’d wish Steve was here and that he could do this [work] better, but now it’s [become] special and a way to honor what he’s done.” Still, Terri admits that being a single parent can be overwhelming. “It is challenging,” she confessed, adding that no one should be ashamed “to ask for help, and to be tired. Nobody’s perfect, but as long as you love your kids unconditionally, everything else will fall into place.” As the Irwin clan continues to press on, Terri hopes Steve is looking down with a smile on his face. “I do feel he’s watching over us,” she added. “I hope he’d be proud.”