Larry Birkhead remembers Anna Nicole Smith on what would have been her 55th birthday.
The Playboy Playmate, GUESS girl and actress-turned-reality TV star died in 2007 at the age of 39. November 28 is his birthday.
The photographer, who is the father of their 16-year-old daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead, took to Instagram on Monday and reposted a photo of the late star shared by his estate. In the photo, Smith poses next to balloons while holding her dog.
“Happy Birthday Anna Nicole,” the 49-year-old star wrote. “We miss you and love us.”
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Smith died of an accidental prescription drug overdose five months after giving birth to her daughter. Previously, Smith’s son, Daniel, died of an accidental overdose in his hospital room in the Bahamas, just three days after the birth of his sister. He was 20 years old. Birkhead always claimed that Smith died of a broken heart.
Birkhead raised their daughter out of the Hollywood spotlight. Instead, they call Kentucky home. In May this year, Birkhead told Fox News Digital that her daughter got offers for movie and TV roles “all the time” but was just “not interested” in living a life. life in front of a camera – at least not yet.
“If it’s something she’s interested in one day and something she wants to do, that’s fine,” he said. “But right now, right now, you know, she’s in 10th grade. She’s got really good grades. She’s in school, and her goal is kind of that – to be a normal kid. And that’s pretty ok.”
Birkhead added, “She’s having a great time. She’s happy, and that’s really what it’s all about, really to me.”
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Birkhead first met Smith briefly in 2003 at the Kentucky Derby in his home state. However, it wasn’t until 2004 that the couple privately tied the knot.
“I couldn’t tell anyone we were dating,” Birkhead told Fox News Digital in 2020. “To the world, it was a mystery…I couldn’t talk about our relationship, and there [weren’t] lots of pictures of us and pictures of us as a couple. She was supposed to be that kind of available sex goddess. It was her personality that she was supposed to be available and the object of everyone’s desire. It worked against me in so many ways.”
Birkhead said that during their whirlwind relationship, the notoriously public star spoke candidly about her upbringing in Mexia, Texas.
“I don’t think she had great family support and great advice,” he shared. “She dropped out of school early. She didn’t have a good family unit…I think she lacked the basics to maneuver through life and deal with some of the stress and things that she went through as a celebrity. didn’t really prepare her for this.”
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“I think Anna could have benefited more from having people who were genuine and who could give her better advice and guidance,” he continued. “But at the same time, she accomplished a lot in a short time and she was a great mother to her son. She could have been a great mother to our daughter. It’s unfortunate. I think there’s a lot lessons to be learned in Anna’s story.”
Birkhead noted that he is content as a single parent.
“I’m proud of my daughter because without her mother, she’s [still] such a good kid, and she does her best every day,” Birkhead said. “She makes me laugh and smile, and I embarrass her every day, like most dads do. She doesn’t like dad jokes and there’s certain rules we have where I’m banned from social media, and I’m not supposed to say things, and I’m not supposed to post things. It’s not cool anymore to walk with her to school, show up at the school dance and… do a dance that I think might be cool. But she’s funny, and I’m proud of her. She’s a great kid.”