Bindi Irwin and her daughter Grace. Photo / Chandler Powell, Instagram
Bindi Irwin’s husband Chandler Powell has weighed in on the social media storm that surrounded his wife after her public condemnation of her grandfather.
The 22-year-old mum, who welcomed daughter Grace in March, blew up her grandfather Bob Irwin after excluding him from a Father’s Day post on “The Three Most Incredible Fathers In My Life” .
When a fan on Facebook asked her why she hadn’t included her grandfather – who is the father of her late father Steve – Bindi claimed he had caused her “tremendous pain”.
In the wake of the ensuing media storm, Bindi announced that she would “take a hiatus” from social media in the interest of preserving her sanity.
âI take a break from social media and most of my work in the public eye for a month to be with my gorgeous daughter and wonderful family,â she wrote on Instagram.
“I am extremely grateful to share our life and conservation work with you, but I need time to focus on the happiness that is my family (both human and animal).”
Bindi – who earlier Monday shared a quote on social media about “how much strength it takes to mentally pull yourself out of a dark place” – also thanked her followers for “sharing and telling your truth.”
Hours later, her husband Chandler shared his own message expressing his support for her.
âYou inspire me with your unwavering kindness and your ability to stand up for what is right,â the post read.
He shared the same photo that appeared in Bindi’s previous post on the social media break.
âYou are the strongest and most beautiful person inside and out,â he wrote.
“Grace has an amazing mom to look up to.”
Bindi claims her grandfather ‘gave gifts’
In Bindi’s initial comment about her grandfather, she accused him of showing “no interest in spending time with me or my family,” according to 7News.
Bindi claimed that his grandfather had “returned gifts” and “ignored my correspondence” since he was a child.
“He has never said a single kind word to me personally. It breaks my heart but it is not healthy to be in an abusive relationship,” she said.
âI hope everyone remembers being kind to each other, but most of all taking care of their own sanity.
“I have struggled with this relationship my whole life and it pains me tremendously.”
Other family members defend Bob Irwin
Other members of the Irwin family have defended the ex-grandfather, including Bethanny Wheeler, who says she is “Bob Irwin’s granddaughter via the marriage of my father and stepmother Mandy” .
Wheeler described Bob as “the most genuinely beautiful human on this planet” and “a man sitting in silence and fighting his demons alone, in great sorrow”.
She wrote on Facebook that her “sisters and brothers will gladly support me when I say that Bob Irwin is a passive and handsome human and these lies must stop.”