After marrying Chandler Powell, Bindi Irwin chose to break tradition and not take Chandler’s last name. Instead, she kept her own last name, Irwin. She did this in memory of her father, Steve Irwin, who died from a stingray barb in 2006. Bindi and Chandler made this decision together. Additionally, the family displayed a picture of Steve at the wedding.
Bindi Irwin tells fans why decided to keep her last name
In an exclusive interview with Entertainment Tonight, Bindi explains what led to this decision. She says, “I think that for me personally, after dad [Steve Irwin] passed away it was really important for me to feel close to him, and having his last name means so much to me.” The Irwin family has always been close, as evidenced in their show, Crocodile Hunters. Chandler agreed with Bindi’s decision to stick with the last name Irwin.
The Irwin family included Steve in the wedding
Although Steve didn’t live to see his daughter get married, the family made him a part of the wedding. Bindi Irwin’s mother, Terri Irwin, tells ET, “This overriding feeling was that Steve wasn’t there, and we wished so much that he could’ve been there because he would’ve been so proud.” Bindi adds, “I think he really, really would’ve loved Chandler.”
To make it feel more like Steve was at the wedding, the family set out a picture of him with their late dog, Sue. Bindi got her middle name from this dog, who Bindi will always remember. ” I love that photograph because it symbolizes everyone who could not be there with us on that day and it’s just beautiful and it’s such a perfect moment.” Bindi goes on to explain how close Steve and Sue were. She wishes that they both could have been there to celebrate her marriage.
Chandler thanks Steve for “inspiring” him
Bindi Irwin’s new husband Chandler says a special “thank you” to Steve for inspiring him and many others. Chandler grew up watching Steve on Crocodile Hunters, which created Chandler’s passion for animals. He also says that Steve brought him to Bindi.
After watching Steve on TV, Chandler dreamed of going to Australia to see the wildlife. Chandler met Bindi when she led him through the Australia Zoo. He tells ET, “If it weren’t for [Steve], I don’t know how we would have met.” The couple has been in love ever since they met during the zoo tour.
Bindi Irwin’s love story is similar to her parents’ relationship
Bindi Irwin explains that her parents met at the Australia Zoo, just like she and Chandler did. Now, Bindi and Chandler are spending their honeymoon at the Australia Zoo caring for the animals. Bindi’s parents also spent their honeymoon with wildlife. She says, “Mom and dad’s honeymoon was spent catching crocs with an entire film crew.” Bindi loves that she is able to carry on the family’s traditions along with the family name.
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