Bindi Irwin details alleged ‘psychological abuse’ from estranged grandpa
Bindi Irwin twins with newborn daughter Grace Warrior in new photos
Bindi Irwin’s baby meets animals at Australia Zoo
Bindi Irwin shares new photos of baby girl Grace Warrior
Bindi Irwin is taking a break from social media to focus on her mental health after detailing her estrangement from her allegedly abusive grandfather Bob Irwin.
The conservationist, 22, posted a photo with her 2-month-old baby girl, Grace Warrior, via Instagram on Monday to alert fans that she’ll be taking a monthlong break “to be with [her] beautiful daughter and [her] wonderful family.”
“I feel tremendously grateful to share our life and conservation work with you but I need some time to focus on the happiness that is my family (both human and animal),” she captioned the post. “You can keep up with our adventures by following my family and Australia Zoo on social media.”
Bindi wrote that many of her followers have reached out to her recently “to share their own stories of working hard to protect their mental health,” which inspired her to do the same.
“Thank you for sharing and speaking your truth. To my friends who are dealing with depression, anxiety and other battles every day – I see you. These issues are very real and deserve to be discussed and addressed,” she continued. “Surround yourself with the light of people who genuinely care about you and will support you during the good times and the hard times.”
The “Dancing with the Stars” winner added, “Remember there are helplines available. Mental health deserves more understanding and support instead of being dismissed or patronised. You are absolutely worthy of love and kindness.”
The late Steve Irwin’s daughter shared the candid message one day after accusing Bob of “psychological abuse.”
“From the time I was a little girl he has ignored me,” she claimed on social media on Father’s Day. “Preferring to spend time doing anything else rather than being with me. He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart but it is not healthy to engage in an abusive relationship.”
Still, Bindi said her family has continued to support Bob financially since 1992 and continues to send him weekly payments.
She concluded, “We built him a house on a beautiful property and will always do our best to ensure his well-being.”
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