Dannielynn, the daughter of Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead, just turned 10!
The fifth-grader celebrated her big birthday with a trip to L.A. and a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood, riding the roller coasters and playing carnival games with her dad.
Larry followed up the fun with a sit-down interview with the “Today” show to talk about what Dannielynn’s life is like today, nearly 10 years after her mother’s tragic death.
He told co-host Natalie Morales, "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."
The 43-year-old said he’s constantly turning down modeling and movie offers for Dannielynn, insisting she’s a “regular kid,” in fact he made a "conscious decision” to move to Kentucky, to give his daughter a normal life. "I [did] that on purpose because it takes away the chase, it takes away the curiosity, it takes away the false stories."
When Anna Nicole passed away from an accidental drug overdose, her daughter was just five months old. Five men stepped forward claiming paternity, but a DNA test proved that Larry was the father. Birkhead recalled the chaotic time, saying, "You look back on it and I'm a better person and a stronger person because of the stuff that I went through. I look back ten years, I wouldn't have it any other way."
Thinking about his ex still makes him emotional. "There's things left unanswered, things that I didn't get to say to her, 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."
What would Anna Nicole think of him as a dad today? He told Natalie, "Other than that I don't dress her in pink every day, I think she would probably think I'm doing a pretty good job.”