Bindi Irwin warns people to be ‘careful’ online after sharing details about fallout with grandfather Bob

Jan 05, 2022
Bindi claims her estranged grandfather has ignored her in recent years. Source: Getty

Bindi Irwin has reminded fans to be “careful” with what they post on social media-six months after she shared details of the severe family fallout with grandfather Bob Irwin.

While the 23-year-old wildlife warrior happily posts on social media regularly, she has admitted she is now more ‘careful’.

In an interview with Page Six Bindi tells the magazine she learned along the way to “really try not to read those bad comments.”

“I do think that the world of social media can be negative but it can also bring about so much good, so I have chosen to try to revel in the good,” she said.

The mother-of-one explained how she tries to share a “little more light and love in everyone’s day” by sharing what they do at Australia Zoo and maybe “brighten someone’s day by getting to see Grace next to a koala joey.”

Bindi had made headlines last year after making shocking claims about her estranged grandfather Bob Irwin. 

The break came after Bindi spoke about her strained relationship with her grandfather Bob in a scathing post. Source: Getty

According to 7News, the relationship between Bindi and her estranged grandfather was catapulted back into the spotlight when the conservationist shared, photos of her father Steve, husband Chandler Powell, and father-in-law Chris Powell with a caption that read: ” Three most incredible fathers in my life.”

The post had a glaring exclusion, Bob Irwin, 82, Australia Zoo’s pioneer and father to acclaimed Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, was left out.

In the now-deleted post, 7News reports that Bindi had responded to a question about her grandfather, alleging that he had “shown no interest” in spending time with her or the family.

“He has returned gifts I’ve sent him after he opened them, he has ignored my correspondence and from the time I was a little girl he has ignored me, preferring to spend time doing anything else rather than being with me,” she said.

“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.”

Bob Irwin’s biographer Amanda French said he was ‘deeply upset’ by Bindi’s comments. Source: Getty

Speaking on The Last, Amanda French, co-author of Bob Irwin’s book The Last Crocodile Hunter, said Bob was “deeply upset” by the comments made by his granddaughter.

“Naturally Bob’s quite upset about it, and to be perfectly honest we haven’t told him the full extent of the comments because we’re quite concerned about how he might take that,” she said.

French explained that while Bob has his own reasons between himself and Terri, he has always had the greatest respect for the kids, “he’s got photos in his hallway of the kids”.

French said that “abusive” allegations Bindi made were a particular shock to close friends of the family, who were worried the label “might stick” and felt it was “not the truth.”

As for the claims that Bindi had sent her grandfather letters and parcels that he never acknowledged, French said Bob had “never received anything from Bindi.”

“I guess he’s scratching his head today, wondering where this all came from,” French said.

Shortly after, Bindi deleted the post and took a break from social media, telling fans she was “working hard to protect [her] mental health.”

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