Steve Irwin's death made Bindi 'lose a piece of her heart'
Bindi Irwin refers to the consoling words that many strangers gave her after her father's death as "lies".
Little Irwin, who turns 16 today (July 24), lost her 44-year-old father, who was commonly referred to as the Crocodile Hunter, after a freak attack by a stingray eight years ago.
She told People magazine: "I remember after we lost Dad, so many adults came up to me and said, 'Honey, time heals all wounds'."
"That is the biggest lie you will ever hear. It doesn't," she said.
Steve was in the midst of filming an underwater documentary at the time at Batt Reef near Port Douglas in Queensland when the accident happened.
She continued to tell the magazine: "That kind of sadness never goes away. It's like losing a piece of your heart that you never get back."
Bindi, who is now a young conservationist, delivered a eulogy for her father in front of 5,000 people and a worldwide television audience of more than 300 million viewers.
The Irwin kids lost their dad when Bindi was eight years old while her brother Robert was only two.
"When you lose a loved one, you come to these crossroads," said the actress-host, who lives with her brother and widowed mother in their home in an Australian zoo in Queensland.
Irwin's daughter added: "You can take the path that leads you down the aisle of sadness, or you can say, 'I'm never going to let this person's memory die. I'm going to make sure everything they worked for continues'."
Bindi has a hand in organising the family's annual crocodile research trip as well as representing SeaWorld as a youth ambassador.
She said: "Every day is a new journey for me and I feel like in my lifetime, I've been blessed to experience such a lot."
Source: People magazine