Bindi Irwin Boyfriend Scandal: Is 24-Year-Old Luke Reavley Dating Steve Irwin’s Daughter?

Is Bindi Irwin’s boyfriend a 24-year-old named Luke Reavley? Steve Irwin’s daughter is now 16 years old, and it’s claimed the Irwin family’s executive assistant is getting a little too close for comfort. But is this just another round of horrible gossip created by the rumor mill?

In a related report by The Inquisitr, PETA claims Bindi Irwin is a Sea World sellout for supporting the theme park after the backlash from the Blackfish movie. Bindi also caused some controversy when she urged teenage girls to cover up and dress their own age.

Rumors began swirling around Bindi Irwin and Luke Reavley after the two were recently spotted at Splendour in the Grass. According to Woman’s Day, a source claims, “He was being very protective towards her and looked at her with such adoration.” They also shopped and had lunch together in Byron Bay. The report went one step further and claimed Luke was Bindi’s boyfriend:

“But it’s only in recent months that the pair’s friendship has blossomed into a romance… the cute couple are not shy to flaunt their love on social media.”

They do indeed have a friendly relationship since they openly sent messages via Ink 361 page when Bindi turned sweet 16:

“Happy Birthday to one of the greatest friends! I hope you have an amazing day and can’t wait to see what the next year brings for you.”

Bindi simply replied, “Blessed to have you in my life, you are truly one of my best friends ever.”

But Woman’s Day is apparently twisting good-natured friendship into a scandal. Reavley has been working with Australia Zoo since 2007 and he was previously the head of the elephants department before becoming Terri Irwin’s assistant.

A spokeswoman for Australia Zoo denies the allegations created by Woman’s Day and claims the 24-year-old man does not have a romantic connection to the teenager:

“He works closely with Bindi, (but) they’re not in a relationship and he’s not actually a zookeeper. He used to work with the elephants but we no longer have them. He’s been the Irwins’ family assistant for some time now.”

This is not the first time it’s been claimed that someone was Bindi Irwin’s boyfriend. A school boy named Bailey Lancaster had bragged to friends on his Facebook page that he was dating Steve Irwin’s daughter.