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Anna Nicole Smith's Baby Daddy Tells All

Anna Nicole Smith's Baby Daddy Tells All
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By    |   Wednesday, 15 January 2020 12:38 PM

Things had always been complicated between Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith and her ex-boyfriend and baby daddy Larry Birkhead and now he’s telling all about that complex relationship and her tragic final days.

They had always shared a special connection but they both also suffered a lot of hurt that haunted them until the day Smith died from an accidental drug overdose in 2007 at age 39. 

Birkhead, a celebrity photographer, opened up about their relationship as well as the whirlwind of events leading up to Smith's death.

"There [were] a lot of ups and downs," he said in an interview with Fox News published Wednesday. 

The two first met in 2003 but only solidified their relationship a year later. Birkhead said that things only lasted a little over two years, but they "covered a lot of territory in that time."

Smith became pregnant with their daughter, Dannielynn, but during that time the so-called relationship between her and Birkhead had ended.

Smith escaped to the Bahamas to get away from it all and to give birth to their daughter. It was 2006 and Birkhead was desperate to get his former lover back to America.

“My goal at the time was to try to get her to come back to the U.S. from the Bahamas, and I had almost got her to that place of saying that she would do it," he said.

The last time Birkhead spoke to Smith, he mentioned going on tour with a female country artist. The news made Smith break down.

"She wanted to know all about her," Birkhead said. "Who is she, what does she look like? It was one of those things where she was kind of getting a little jealous about it and she started crying about it."

That same day Smith had to be rushed to the emergency room.

"She actually gave birth early to my daughter because of her getting so upset at that time," Birkhead continued. "And she sent me an [instant message on AOL Instant Messenger]. She said, 'Don’t fall in love again.' And then she had a crying face and then she signed off."

That was the last time the two spoke.

Two days after Dannielynn was born, Smith's 20-year-old son from a previous marriage died from an accidental drug overdose. Months later and Smith also died.

"Really for me, it was tough," Birkhead said. "I went to the point where I had dropped 30 or 40 pounds. I couldn’t eat, I couldn’t sleep. It was a tough spot to be in." 

Birkhead admitted to feeling numb at the time.

"I went from buying a tombstone to buying my daughter’s first birthday present and planning her birthday party. It was a lot for me to process," he said.

Days after Smith died, Birkhead found himself fighting for custody over Dannielynn, whose birth certificate listed Smith's former lawyer, Howard K. Stern, as her father.

Birkhead and Smith kept their relationship secret from the world but after her death, Birkhead said the decision came back to bite him.

"It actually worked against me after she passed [when] I was still trying to prove paternity, even though I knew I was the father and Anna knew I was the father," he said, describing how their relationship was "a mystery" to the rest of the world. 

"I couldn’t talk about our relationship and there [weren’t] a lot of pictures of us and footage of us as a couple."

Birkhead was eventually declared Dannielynn's father. She is now 13 and he is raising her as a single parent in Kentucky.

"I’m proud of my daughter because without her mom she’s [still] such a great kid and she does her best every day," he said.

"She makes me laugh and smile and I embarrass her every day like most dads do. She does not like the dad jokes and there are certain rules we have where I’m banned from social media and I’m not supposed to say things and I’m not supposed to post things. It’s not cool to walk with her to school anymore, show up at the school dance and start dabbing or doing a dance that I think might be cool. But she’s funny and I’m proud of her. She’s a great kid."

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