Bindi Irwin, the daughter of the "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin, recently explained that she intends to keep her maiden name. The 21-year-old married her longtime partner Chandler Powell in late March, but she has decided to keep the last name of Irwin out of respect to her late father, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Bindi was only a little girl when her father died in 2006 following a tragic injury. Since then, it has been important for Bindi and her family to keep his memory alive. She sees her last name as a way to feel close to her father, even though he is gone.
"I've kept Bindi Irwin. I think that for me personally, after dad [Steve Irwin] passed away it was really important for me to feel close to him, and having his last name means so much to me."
Though it might not be traditional, it could be Powell who undergoes a name change. Whether or not her husband does change his name doesn't really matter to Bindi, as it is already clear that they are family. She described her husband as "an Irwin through and through.""Chandler has become an Irwin now. It has become a part of me. Everyone has their own ideas, but the nice thing is that it's 2020 now, anything works!"
Bindi would have obviously loved to have her father present on her wedding day, but she still managed to ensure he played a part in the important occasion. During the ceremony, she lit a candle in his memory and had a photo of him propped up. The 21-year-old noted that her new husband shares many of the same passions that her dad had held and he also enjoys working with animals. In fact, the pair met when Bindi was giving a tour of the Australia Zoo.
"I love the fact that Chandler and I actually met quite like when mom and dad first met at the Australia Zoo."
On their special day, Bindi and Chandler's wedding was nothing like they had expected. The event occurred just as the coronavirus pandemic was beginning to spread in full force across Australia. Thus, they could only have a small ceremony in order to keep everyone safe. Nevertheless, they didn't let the regulations ruin their day. Bindi later shared stunning photos to Instagram of the happy ordeal, featuring her close family members and even a couple of animals.