Bindi Irwin has revealed the depths of the estrangement between her and her Grandfather Bob.

In an interview with the Daily Mail last night, Bindi revealed that the relationship with Bob and her family has become increasingly strained since a stingray fatally killed her Father Steve Irwin in 2006. 



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“Everyone deals with grief differently,’ she said. ‘When my dad passed away he chose to distance himself from everything that dad loved the most. 

At the moment we’re really just respecting his wishes because he hasn’t had anything to do with us for a long time and he decided his own path. That’s important so good for him.”

Bindi opened up further explaining that her grandfather’s day-to-day living had become reclusive and he had also returned birthday presents that Bindi had sent to him.

Whilst Bindi is obviously saddened by the estrangement between them, she understands that people grieve in different ways.

“With things like that you realise that people need to deal with grief how they need to deal with grief,” Bindi remarked, “and as long as it doesn’t hurt yourself or hurt those around you then that’s the way to go.”

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  • Everyone grieves differently. Although, it is so sad that he decided to distance himself from his grandchildren. Bindi and Bob are such great kids, he’s really missing out.


  • such a shame there is disunity in a family – especially when the world is watching


  • So sad, they were robbed of their dad and now their grandfather too


  • She is soo mature, hearing the way she explains her grandfathers lack of contact is very mature. Obviously the loss of steve has hit bob in a unimaginable way and i hope one day he can embrace steves children as they are he has left of steve xx


  • very sad to cut yourself off from your family. I hope he is getting professional help.


  • We really don’t know the full story but personally it’s none of our business.

    • Cherz, I have to agree with you. If my memory serves me correctly there were a few issues involved.

      • Yep, I agree with you. There is always two sides to a story. We don’t know all of it and it is really none of our business. It would be nice if the kids could reconnect with their granddad though – whatever problems the adults may have, the children should never be dragged into or suffer from the adult issues.


  • That is so sad. Grief is a personal thing but I think staying close to family can help get through the pain.


  • Grief is such a personal thing. Life must be quite hard for this amazing family.


  • How very sad. I know everyone grieves in their own way but you would think he would still like to have contact with his grandkids :(


  • I find it very sad that they lost contact. I can’t believe that he doesn’t want to see his grandchildren grow. I understand he suffers a lot having lost his son, but Steve’s family suffers too. Sad!


  • People deal with grief in different ways and we never know all the sides of these stories. A big loss to every member of their family.


  • oh well, it is private family stuff


  • I can understand that everyone deals with grief and emotions in different ways and that it is respected , but returning presents could be something else. I am sure he is still grieving but sometimes people hold their feelings and there is more to it . Perhaps he is dealing other issues that he has not confronted and it is best not to leave this too long and seek professional help after a certain time . Hopefully the family can be together especially this time of the year .


  • People sure do grieve in different ways


  • Just wondering whether there’s more to it. However, I too am estranged from my only sibling, so I can also understand that anything is possible when it comes to relationships.


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