Terri Irwin opens up about life a decade after the death of husband Steve Irwin: 'I miss him but I'm not lonely'

Terri Irwin shares she misses Steve Irwin but says she wants to carry on as if he was still there. She was tasked with raising their children alone and she wanted to do it well.


                            Terri Irwin opens up about life a decade after the death of husband Steve Irwin: 'I miss him but I'm not lonely'

It has been almost an entire decade since Steve Irwin lost his life during a tragic accident, and while his widowed wife Terri Irwin still misses him, she says that she's not lonely without him anymore. She said to People that although she still misses her husband every single day, she has many loved ones by her side at all times. “It’s just surrounding yourself with great family and friends and people who will support you,” says Terri. “I really miss Steve but, but I’m not a lonely person.”

'The Crocodile Hunter', Steve Irwin, (R) shows a snake to his wife Terri (L) at the San Francisco Zoo on June 26, 2002 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
'The Crocodile Hunter', Steve Irwin, (R) shows a snake to his wife Terri (L) at the San Francisco Zoo on June 26, 2002 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Steve, who rose to global fame with his wildlife documentary television series 'The Crocodile Hunter', was working on an underwater film titled 'Ocean’s Deadliest', when he was attacked by a stingray, causing his demise on September 4, 2006, at age 44.

At the time of his death, the couple's daughter Bindi was just eight years old, while their younger son Robert was only 2. News of the nature lover's death came as a shock to the entire world, and fans of the wildlife enthusiast paid tribute to him in hundreds and thousands after he was gone.

Steve Irwin poses with his family at Australia Zoo June 19, 2006 in Beerwah, Australia. (Photo by Australia Zoo via Getty Images)
Steve Irwin poses with his family at Australia Zoo June 19, 2006 in Beerwah, Australia. (Photo by Australia Zoo via Getty Images)

Terri, on the other hand, was faced with raising the children alone. “It was a little bit terrifying to have to step up and take the till,” she recalled, “but I thought about it and said, ‘Let’s carry on as if Steve was still here.’” Ever since his death nearly 10 years ago, the Irwin family continues to honor Steve’s legacy and expand the Australia Zoo. The family also keeps traveling the world to spread the message of their conservation nonprofit Wildlife Warriors.

Bindi, Robert, Terri and Bob Irwin pose in front of a statue of the family that was unveiled today during 'Steve Irwin Memorial Day' at Australia Zoo on November 15, 2007 on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)
Bindi, Robert, Terri and Bob Irwin pose in front of a statue of the family that was unveiled today during 'Steve Irwin Memorial Day' at Australia Zoo on November 15, 2007 on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. (Photo by Bradley Kanaris/Getty Images)

As for Terri, she says that finding love isn’t a huge priority for her, but then, she isn't writing it off completely.  “I think it’s really important to never say never about anything, but I’m really not looking,” she says, “I feel like 14 years with Steve was like 400 years of real life. It was the most epic, adventurous, amazing experience.”

In a light-hearted moment, Terri was asked during the interview about various tabloid rumors that were linking her to Aussie pal Russell Crowe. She laughed the whole thing off, saying Crowe is just “a great friend.” Despite their continual denials, Russell also has only praise for Terri. "Terri is one of the greatest women I've ever met in my life, without there being implication of intimacy or whatever," he said. 

"You know I do love Terri Irwin, I love her kids and I love how she's kept the memory of Steve alive, and respected the work that the two of them had begun and she's an absolute champion."