Part 1 0 Shares Email Larry Birkhead , who dated the late model and actress Anna Nicole Smith and is the father of their daughter, Dannielynn, is opening up about their romantic but tumultuous relationship and how Smith changed his life.
After an extensive investigation, the official cause of death was ruled an accidental overdose -- Smith had nine different prescription drugs in her system. Dannielynn was just 5 months old when her mother died. She dropped out of high school at age 15 and worked full-time at a local fast food chicken restaurant. Howard Marshall, a Texas billionaire oil tycoon. In , Smith got a big break when she was chosen to be a Playboy centerfold. She would go on to become Playmate of the Year and become the face of a famous Guess Jeans ad campaign.
But Birkhead said she loved Marshall. Pierce Marshall, and nothing to Smith. The case even made it to the U. She, her then-teenage son Daniel and her longtime friend and personal attorney Howard K.
While many saw Smith as a trainwreck, Birkhead said he saw something very different. It was her whole attitude. It was as if she was back at her Guess days. She was back on top of her game again. Birkhead was soon hired to take photos of Smith at a camp for children living with HIV, all of which was captured for her reality show.
The two eventually started a romantic relationship and Birkhead moved to Los Angeles to live with her, but he said they kept their relationship private. But five months into her pregnancy with a baby girl, Birkhead said they had another fight and Smith took off for the Bahamas, leaving him behind.
Then, two months later, Smith shared her pregnancy with the world in a video she posted on her website. Birkhead was left wondering about his unborn child. It was later determined that Daniel died accidentally from a lethal combination of two antidepressants and methadone. When Birkhead spoke to Smith on the phone, he said she was inconsolable. Birkhead ended up going to court in an epic custody battle for Dannielynn until a paternity test proved Birkhead was the father.
Stern and several other men had also claimed to be the baby's father, and the case made international headlines. The single dad said he has tried to give his daughter a stable life away from the spotlight. The two live just outside of Louisville, Kentucky, and he still has some of the baby girl clothes Smith had purchased hanging up in a closet. Larry Birkhead Larry Birkhead is seen here with his daughter Dannielynn dressed in costumes from the Disney movie "Mary Poppins" at the Kentucky Derby in this photo.
Four years ago, Dannielynn modeled for Guess as a way to share something special with her mother, Birkhead said, but it was a one-time thing.
This is the gravy train. Let's roll with this. But it's nothing that she wants to do … she wants to be a kid. The one lesson he wants their daughter to learn is to keep life simple. Be careful who's around you … be good, be caring.