5 Things to Know About Bindi Irwin Before Her 'Dancing with the Stars' Debut
Get to know the star before she heads to reality TV.
Can you believe it's been nearly a decade since Bindi Irwin's Crocodile Hunter dad was killed by a stingray? Steve Irwin passed away in September 2006, when she was just eight years old. Now, at 17, Bindi is carrying on the family name in showbiz — she was just announced as a contestant for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars!
The young star said she's "honored" to be a part of the show, but she's not sure what to expect. "This is completely different to anything I have ever done in my life," she said. "I am used to wrangling crocodiles."
We can't wait to see her on DWTS in a couple of weeks and, in the meantime, here's what you should know about her:
1. She Takes After Her Dad
Bindi has loved animals from the beginning, just like her parents. She was working on the Discovery Kids show Bindi the Jungle Girl at the time of Steve's death and it premiered in June 2007. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for her work.
Since then, she's continued to work with animals at the Australia Zoo and starred in an online show called Growing Up Wild in 2012.
2. She Sings
Bindi recorded a hip-hop album called Trouble in the Jungle in 2007. She's probably kind of embarrassed by it at this point, but it's SUPER cute. Here she is with The Crocmen on a Today show performance in 2007.
3. She's been acting for years
Apart from her wildlife work, Bindi has also been in a few movies and TV shows over the years. She was in the sequel to Nim's Island, taking over the lead which was originally played by Abigail Breslin. She's also made appearances on Australian TV's Big Brother and the Canadian TV series My Babysitter's a Vampire.
4. She's Dating
Earlier this summer, Bindi revealed that she has a boyfriend. His name is Chandler Powell and he's a professional wakeboarder. "I was blessed to meet Chandler and his family back in November 2013," she told Telegraph Sunday Style. "We remained in touch and stayed friends. Since then, our friendship has developed into something really special."
"We're connected, which is so great," she added. "He is passionate about wildlife and an extraordinary wakeboarder. We are excited to be achieving more conservation work together. I feel lucky to have him in my life."
5. She Still Misses Her Dad
Irwin told People last year: "I remember after we lost Dad, so many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds,' " she said. "That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn't. That part of you is gone forever. Time softens things, so now when I think back about Dad and the amazing memories we had together, I'm happy. But that kind of sadness never goes away. It's like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back."