Four-year-old Dannielynn Birkhead never got a chance to know mom Anna Nicole Smith, but dad Larry Birkhead says he works hard to keep Anna’s memory alive for his daughter.
“[Dannielynn] keeps me on my toes, because she’s very smart and she’s asked things already about her mom,” Larry told ET. “She can walk by her picture and she’ll give a kiss to her mom in a photo album, or at Christmas, we were sitting at home and ‘The Naked Gun’ came on with her mom in it, and I let her see an appropriate little clip of that, and she knew right away her mom was, you know, ‘There’s my mom. That’s Anna Nicole.'”
“My goal was always to keep [her late brother] Daniel and Anna in her mind and let her know who they were without overdoing it,” continues Larry. “You have a responsibility to keep Anna’s memory alive.”
Not surprisingly, the single dad gushes about his little girl. “Dannielynn is bright, she’s intelligent, she’s met and exceeded all of her developmental milestones by all accounts from her teachers and, you know, medical personnel,” says Larry. “Anybody that comes in contact with her talks about how bright and intelligent [she is] and how she leaves an impression.”
“It’s hard enough for me to keep up with her social calendar,” laughs Larry, who adds that he has a “non-existent romantic life.”
Regarding the ongoing court battle that will eventually decide if Dannielynn stands to inherit the fortune left by Anna Nicole’s late oil tycoon husband, J. Howard Marshall, Larry says money or not his little girl already has everything she needs.
“Some people say Dannielynn’s the four-hundred-and-something million-dollar baby…If Dannielynn’s entitled to something via her mother…then that’s fine,” Larry says. “If Dannielynn’s not entitled to it – I mean, Dannielynn has everything she needs now, because she has me, she has her family…she’s getting a great education, she’s starting out great.”
“I’m not entitled to any of it, it’s not my money,” he emphasizes. “I’ll still work as normal, and do everything that I can to provide, and if Dannielynn receives something she receives something.”