Bindi Irwin is ENGAGED! See How She's Carrying On Steve's Legacy
If your millennial upbringing tragically didn’t involve binge watching ALL. THE. STEVE. IRWIN. content available to us mere mortals, I offer my condolences.
AND HORROR, MIGHT I ADD!?
LOOK AT THIS FACE!
Steve Irwin was, and remains to be, one of the biggest heroes I had ever peered my eyes upon. I sank into the couch for countless hours aside my brothers (and for one wild summer, my grandfather) to watch Steve bounce and flail around the outback with the passionate zest for animals that only he could bring.
Myself and so many other children of our era learned about valuable life lessons, environmental threats, wildlife conservation, DANGER!, and khakis from his regular appearances on Animal Planet.
I KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS FAMILY, FOLKS.
I watched and read absolutely every single piece of Irwin content I could find.
Which means I definitely not only knew when Terri Irwin was expecting the arrival of their first child but I also watched that birth footage.
And then July 24, 1998, Bindi Sue Irwin arrived into this world. Named after a crocodile and a dog looking like the spitting image of her parents, another generation of the Irwin legacy had begun.
And before we all knew it… they (and we) had all grown up…
We just never expected to say goodbye to Steve so early, a loss that is still felt and mourned tremendously throughout the world. It’s now been nearly 13 years since Steve’s tragic death but his family continues to dedicate themselves to the visions he shared with us all for a better planet.
Just as he had hoped…
Bindi, Robert, Terri and the rest of the crew at Australia Zoo have kept themselves quite busy carrying on the incredible work that Steve started...
From their newest show...
And the similarly-named magazine.
Amongst other things.
… but it hasn’t always been easy.
Bindi discussed the painful loss of her father on Dancing with The Stars.
It was heart wrenching.
But we got to watch her carry herself with immense strength and grace as she performed this gorgeous tribute to her father.
(And we also saw her absolutely kick ass doing the jive literally in week one.)
There’s never been a doubt in my mind that Steve would be proud of the work his kids, wife, family and trusted colleagues have continued to do in his wake.
But, for some damn reason, despite all the birthdays and years that have gone by since 1998…
I never considered the fact that I would one day witness this:
BINDI’S ENGAGEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT?!
ONLY HOURS AFTER I RECOVERED FROM THIS 21ST BIRTHDAY VIDEO?!
BINDI IRWIN IS IN LOVE!?
… come onnnnnnn!!
Could they be any sweeter?
I sincerely doubt it.
Let’s see the ACTUAL ring, shall we?
That’s a real beaut’!
(I won’t even apologize for that cringy line because I MEANT EVERY WORD.)
So that’s that.
Bindi is engaged.
I’m happy crying.
And, somewhere out there, I’m sure Steve is wiping a tear from his eyes, too.
I wish you countless years together, happily filled with the same true love, respect, and admiration that your parents had.