Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn Turns 10: How Larry Birkhead Has Focused on Giving Her a Normal Childhood

Late model's second child is growing up fast

By Kendall Fisher Sep 12, 2016 3:26 PMTags
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It's hard to believe, but Anna Nicole Smith's baby girl is not such a baby anymore...Dannielynn is already 10-years-old!

The daughter of the late model and Larry Birkhead hit double-digits on September 7, celebrating the milestone day accordingly with a visit to Universal Studios in Los Angeles.

Birkhead sat down with the Today Show to give an update about his beautiful, little girl, how she's just a "regular kid" and how he thinks Smith would feel about his parenting.

"I made a conscious decision a long time ago to move to Kentucky,'' he said regarding their decision to stay out of the spotlight following Smith's death in 2007. "I do that on purpose because it takes away the chase, it takes away the curiosity, it takes away the false stories."

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Still, people ask whether Dannielynn will live a Hollywood lifestyle like her mother in the future.

"People call me all the time and say can she be in a movie, can she model?" Birkhead revealed. "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."

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Rather, Birkhead is focused on giving Dannielynn the most normal childhood he possibly can despite the drama that surrounded their family in the past.

"You look back on it, and I'm a better person and a stronger person because of the stuff that I went through,'' Birkhead said, regarding the drama following Dannielynn's birth and Smith's death. "I look back ten years, I wouldn't have it any other way."

However, he admits he still suffers from hard days from time to time.

"There's things left unanswered, things that I didn't get to say to [Anna], and it's tough when you go to school and you're filling out the forms,'' he said. "It gets me every year. And you have to put 'deceased' on her mom's information.

He continued, "There's days that if I stop and think about it, and you ask me about it, you will see a tear, but every other minute of the day you will see a smile. That's just how it goes."

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So how does Birkhead think Smith would feel about his parenting skills?

"Other that I don't dress her in pink every day, I think she'd would probably think I'm doing a pretty good job,'' Birkhead said. "I'm not the best dad, I have my faults, but I do the best I can with what the situation is. 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."