MOV­ING FOR­WARD

THE TV PER­SON­AL­ITY OPENS UP ABOUT LIFE WITH­OUT HER LATE HUS­BAND — AND WHY SHE’S NOT LOOK­ING FOR LOVE

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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.”

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