Larry Birkhead and his daughter Dannielynn continue to get candid with DailyMailTV host Jesse Palmer in part two of their exclusive interview.
The Birkheads welcomed DailyMailTV cameras into their private Kentucky home to give Jesse an exclusive tour, showing off their memorabilia of Dannielynn’s late mother Anna Nicole Smith, including her iconic dresses, movie posters and a portrait Larry hand-painted of the blonde beauty.
‘This is Anna Nicole’s dress that she wore to the Kentucky Derby in 2004,’ Larry said, pulling the pink frock out of his closet. ‘This year Dannielynn wore [Anna’s] hat with her dress to the derby – so it was kind of life full circle.’
The annual Kentucky Derby is the only public outing for the private father-daughter duo. Larry said the event serves as ‘a growth chart’ for Dannielynn because ‘you can see her grow up every derby’.
Dannielynn and Larry Birkhead invited DailyMailTV host Jesse Palmer to their private Kentucky home for an exclusive tour and interview to talk about what life is like now
Dannielynn wore her mother’s hat to this year’s Kentucky Derby. Anna Nicole had worn the hat to the derby in 2004
Larry Birkhead showed off the dress Anna Nicole wore to the derby in 2004. He keeps many of her iconic dresses in his home
Larry and Anna Nicole first met at the Kentucky Derby in 2004, when she wore the iconic pink ensemble and the hat that Dannielynn donned this year.
Larry said what he misses most about Anna Nicole is ‘the down to earth side of her.’
‘I hate to see that she’s not here to share in Dannielynn and her upbringing,’ he said.
But he and his daughter often travel to the Bahamas, where Dannielynn was born and where her mother and brother Daniel are buried.
‘We do go and pay our respects, and take flowers,’ Larry said.
The Birkheads gushed on how they keep Anna Nicole’s memory alive with a ‘hope-chest’ that Dannielynn keeps at the foot of her bed.
‘[Anna] put a bunch of stuff in it in hopes of one day having a little girl. Inside are things like these,’ Larry said while pulling out jeans with bright pink flowers sewn on them, which Anna Nicole had made.
The father-daughter duo have remained out of the Hollywood spotlight and in quiet Kentucky home. They posed for a picture in 13-year-old Dannielynn’s bedroom
Larry says the event serves as ‘a growth chart’ for Dannielynn because ‘you can see her grow up every Derby’ Pictured in 2017 and 2018
The home has a ‘museum-like’ feel, according to Jesse, as Anna Nicole memorabilia is on display throughout the house, including the dress she wore for the 2005 Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy, when the actress and model famously sang: ‘Happy roasting dear Jeffy pooh, happy roasting to you.’
Outside of their home theater hangs a poster for Anna Nicole’s 1994 film Naked Gun 33 1/2: The Final Assault.
‘When I walked into this house it kind of felt like a castle, like a fortress.’ Birkhead told Jesse.
It is a fortress of sorts to protect 13-year-old Dannielynn from the spotlight of Hollywood, but now Larry says it’s time to downsize.
‘This home is way to big for us,’ Larry said. ‘I’m like three floor’s up and [Dannielynn] is like texting me from the theater.’
The 46-year-old father has maintained a low-profile for the sake of his only daughter in the 12 years since her mother’s tragic passing from an accidental drug overdose in 2007
The dress Anna Nicole wore from the Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy is on display in the home
Anna Nicole famously said: ‘Happy roasting dear Jeffy pooh, happy roasting to you,’ in a video during the 2005 roast
Outside of their home theatre hangs a poster for Anna Nicole’s 1994 film Naked Gun 33 1/2 Final Assault
Larry hand-painted the portrait of Anna Nicole hanging behind them in their living room. It is one of the many relics in the home that celebrate the life of Dannielynn’s late mother
In part one of our exclusive interview, the father-daughter duo chatted about what it was like for Dannielynn to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a Guess model in 2012.
‘We took her to New York to show her the billboard – it’s freezing cold,’ the proud father told DailyMailTV. ‘I said look up there! And she’s like, ‘yeah let’s go.”
The brace-faced and beautiful teenager blushed sitting next to her dad as she talked about seeing herself, larger than life in Times Square.
‘It was kind of weird to see me in all of that, like giant billboard in New York,’ Dannielynn said with a smile. ‘I don’t like people staring at me.’
Larry explained that he and Dannielynn made the decision to do the modeling campaign as a one-time deal to honor Anna Nicole.
‘It was the 25th anniversary of her mom’s campaign,’ he said.
Dannielynn added: ‘It was actually really cool because now I get to know what it felt like.’
In part one of our exclusive interview, the father-daughter duo chatted about what it was like for Dannielynn to follow in her mother’s footsteps as a Guess model in 2012
‘It was the 25th anniversary of her mom’s campaign,’ Larry said about making the decision to allow his daughter to model
Larry says they will decide if Dannielynn wants to pursue a career in acting or modeling in the future, because ‘right now she’s just being a kid’
Throughout her young life fans have tried to draw comparisons between the late blonde bombshell and her mini-me daughter, especially after she modeled for Guess but Larry thinks that is mostly media spin.
‘We’ve had pictures where we actually look pretty much like each other,’ Larry said. ‘For the most part the media, because they want her to look like her mother, they will say she’s the spitting image.
‘Because, it’s a bigger story if she looks like Anna Nicole because then she can follow in her footsteps. Usually it’s like ”Dannielynn, the daughter of Anna Nicole,”’ he continued.
Adding with a laugh and placing his hands over Dannielynn’s ears: ‘I’m like well, there were two of us there at the time.’
Despite her late mother’s success as a model and apparent love for the spotlight, Larry has made a conscious effort to ensure that his daughter gets to live life like any other child.
‘People always say, ‘Is she going to be an actress? Is she going to be a model?’ And I never push her in a certain direction,’ Larry said. ‘Actually, I get calls all the time and I say ‘no she’s not interested in doing that kind of stuff.”
Adding: ‘Right now she’s just being a kid.’