'Mom is looking down': Larry Birkhead shares heartfelt message for daughter Dannielynn as she turns 16

'Mom is looking down': Larry Birkhead shares heartfelt message for daughter Dannielynn as she turns 16
Dannielynn Birkhead received a sweet message from her father on her 16th birthday (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)

KENTUCKY, UNITED STATES: Anna Nicole Smith and photographer Larry Birkhead's daughter Dannielynn Birkhead turns 16 on Wednesday. Father Larry cannot believe how fast his daughter is growing up. 

On this joyous occasion dad, Birkhead honored his not-so-little girl with a sweet tribute. Larry told People, "Dannielynn is such a great kid and she makes me so proud every day. I can't believe she is old enough to drive! It seems like yesterday I was pushing her in a toy car!"


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Larry Birkhead, took to Instagram to celebrate his daughter’s milestone birthday.
"Sixteen years ago my beautiful baby was born. That’s if you want to feel really old. Many people thought the odds were stacked against you, but maybe that was geared more towards me than you. Through tragedy, turmoil, and a couple of baby tantrums-today you shine bright and are so accomplished. So proud to be your Dad!" his caption began, alongside a collage of photos of Dannielynn.


"When I told Dannielynn what a great baby she was when she born, she shot back in true Dannielynn style … ‘How do you know you weren’t even there?’ Ouch. I told her ‘maybe not, but I have been there every day since I brought you home.’ It’s been a wild ride and Dannielynn has brought joy and laughter to my life. Stay off your local roads because Dannielynn is 16! Happy Birthday. Rock. On," he wrote. 

Birkhead concluded his caption by writing, "Mom is looking down," and added an angel emoji. 

Anne Nicole Smith, died at the age of 39 from an accidental drug overdose in the year 2007 when her daughter, Dannielynn was just 5 months old. Shortly after the model's death, Birkhead was faced with a very public custody battle where he had to prove Dannielynn was indeed his child. 


Dannielynn and Larry share a special bond, the father-daughter duo often spend a lot of time together and share their love for Janet Jackson. Recently in July, the duo attended Jackson’s concert in Cincinnati, Ohio, and following the performance, the pair enjoyed time backstage with Jackson. 

"Heading out to Dannielynn's second Janet Jackson concert (my millionth) in Cincinnati as we sit here arguing which one of us is the bigger Janet fan," Larry wrote on Instagram.


It was in the year 2003 when Birkhead met Smith for the Kentucky Derby festivities in his home state. However, the pair bonded in private in the year 2004 after Smith’s dramatic weight loss transformation.

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