Larry Birkhead is overcome with emotion as he celebrates his daughter’s sixteenth birthday. On Wednesday, Birkhead shared a collage of photos of daughter Dannielynn in her younger years to commemorate the milestone birthday.
“Many people thought the odds were stacked against you, but that may have been more for me than for you. “My beautiful baby was born sixteen years ago. If you want to feel old, do this, “The proud father joked.
Through tragedy, turmoil, and a couple of baby tantrums, you have shined brightly and accomplished so much. I’m so proud to be your father!” Birkhead also told the story of telling his daughter “what a great baby she was when she was born.”
“In true Dannielynn fashion, she fired back… ‘How did you know you weren’t even there?’ “He revealed. “I said, ‘Maybe not, but I’ve been there every day since I brought you home,'” she said.
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Birkhead concluded, “It’s been a wild ride,” and praised how “Dannielynn has brought joy and laughter to my life.”
“Stay off your neighborhood roads; Dannielynn is 16!” Birkhead made a joke at the end of the caption. “Birthday greetings. Keep going; Mom is watching!”
One of the photos in the collage shows Dannielynn as an infant being kissed by her late mother, Anna Nicole Smith, who died in 2007 when Dannielynn was only 5 months old.
Last month, the father-daughter duo had a memorable experience when they went backstage after a Janet Jackson concert in Cincinnati, Ohio, to take photos and hang out with the singer herself.
“We’re on our way to Dannielynn’s second Janet Jackson concert (my millionth) in Cincinnati as we argue about who is a bigger Janet Jackson fan. It’ll be ‘Nasty’ outside in the 100-degree heat, but we’re looking forward to it.” Larry wrote alongside photographs of himself and his daughter taken before the concert.
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Who is Daughter Dannielynn?
Anna Nicole Smith gave birth to Dannielynn Hope Marshall Birkhead in Nassau, the Bahamas, on September 7, 2006. Hannah Rose Marshall Stern was her given name at birth. Her paternity was questioned almost immediately, and her half-brother Daniel Smith died three days after she was born.
Before Daniel Smith died and Dannielynn was granted custody, Howard K. Stern, Larry Birkhead, Anna Nicole’s bodyguard Alexander Denk, and Zsa Zsa Gabor’s husband Frederic von Anhalt all claimed paternity. Smith listed Howard K. Stern as the father on her daughter’s birth certificate.
Birkhead, a celebrity photographer, based in Kentucky, filed a lawsuit to back up his claim. DNA testing was used to determine Birkhead’s paternity. After gaining custody of his daughter, Dannielynn’s surname was changed from Stern to Birkhead.
When Birkhead was only five months old, Birkhead’s mother accidentally overdosed on drugs at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. She was named the sole heir to Smith’s estate, valued at $700,000 at the time.
Birkhead had surgery when she was 16 months old to correct strabismus in one of her eyes. Her father also wore a patch to “play pirates together.”