Proud father Larry Birkhead and his look-alike daughter, Dannielynn, pose together for their first family portrait since DNA tests revealed he is the biological father of Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter. He talks to OK! Magazine about 7-month-old Dannielynn and how Howard K. Stern has (surprisingly!) become his ally.
Birkhead on Stern: “In the end of this, he’s the one who’s become on my side, my ally. Let me say this, I think certain people have done things not because they wanted to, but because they were asked. I don’t hold Howard 100% responsible. I think some things happened there and whatever reasons he said that, it’s fine. There’s been a lot of hurt and heartache and right now my main goal is transitioning Dannielynn to me from him and he’s been great, and he’s been helpful and he’s been supportive, which does show me that he does have good inside of him regardless of what people are out there saying. Howard did things for Anna that no one wanted to do. I actually feel sorry for Howard.”
“People blame a lot on him but Anna had her own mind too. She had a choice and we were arguing and that’s what happens.”
On caring for his daughter: Everyone’s been really helpful, actually, even Howard’s been helpful. It seems unlikely to most, but he’s been a great help. He’s just really tuned me in because he’s been with Dannielynn the last several months, he knows her likes and dislikes and things like that that could help me out.
On Smith’s mother, Virgie, who is filing for custody: If she wants to be a grandmother, she can be a grandmother, my mom wants to be a grandmother too, but I’m not going to sign a paper saying so, it’s just not right.
Birkhead goes on to say that, even though he did not have input in his daughter’s name, he will keep her first name Dannielynn saying, “I still want to respect her mother’s wishes.” Her last name will be changed from Stern for Birkhead.
I am hoping that this is the final chapter in what has become the “Anna Nicole Smith Soap Opera.” Dannielynn is where she should be–with her father. Howard K. Stern has rightly relinquished his role as father and is actually helping Birkhead with the transition. Everyone seems happy…for now. Why do I have the feeling that Virgie is waiting in the wings to disrupt everything?