20.01.2022

Bindi Irwin Says Her Daughter Was the “Light” at the End of a Stressful 2020

As we look back on 2020, Bindi Irwin took the time to reflect on the ups and downs of the year in a heartwarming post on Instagram, and the mom-to-be’s baby girl was definitely the highlight of her year.

“Words seem to fall short when trying to describe this year,” she wrote on Dec. 31. “For us, this year was filled with both tremendous joy and heartbreaking loss. Our Wildlife Hospital was the busiest it’s ever been due to the Australian bushfires that raged across the country.

We worked hard to send support to the front lines of destruction. We have now treated over 100,000 patients since our Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital opened.”

Bindi went on to say that 2020 marked Australia Zoo’s 50th birthday, but doors were closed to thousands of guests as a result of COVID-19 regulations, reducing finances and putting a heavy weight on the future of the zoo. “Every moment of every day the question of when or if we would recover burned in the back of our minds,” she said.

“However, we were reminded that there is always hope on the horizon.” Thanks to the help of many supporters, the zoo was eventually able to reopen its doors. A few important life milestones also made the year feel a little brighter.

A major 2020 highlight for Bindi was marrying her longtime partner Chandler Powell and getting pregnant with her first child. “We are patiently waiting for our gorgeous daughter to arrive. She’s the light of our lives,” the mom-to-be wrote, finding the positives in an otherwise hectic year. “I hope this next year brings some peace and we find a way to come together as a society,” Bindi added. “Please remember to be kind to one another and find happiness in even the smallest of things.”

See her full post here and check out more photos of Bindi and Chandler that will make you smile.

Busy Philipps Shares That Her 12-Year-Old Child Birdie Is Gay and Uses They/Them Pronouns

Busy Philipps recently shared that her 12-year-old child, Birdie, is gay. During the podcast Busy Philipps Is Trying Her Best, the actress talked about a family experience that prompted a public conversation about identity and pronouns.

In the episode with Caissie St. Onge and Shantira Jackson, Busy discussed Birdie’s coming out at age 10 and her concerted effort as a parent to respect Birdie’s pronouns (they/them) more fully. “I’ve been doing a bad job with the pronouns because Birdie said that they would like their pronouns to be they/them,” Busy said. “I haven’t been doing it because I have this public persona.” She wanted these personal details to be shared in a way Birdie would be comfortable with.

Busy asked Birdie if it would be OK to talk about their identity on the podcast. “Bird was like, ‘I don’t give a f*ck,'” Busy recalled. “‘You can talk about that I’m gay and out. You can talk about my pronouns. That would be cool and great.'”

As a mom, Busy admitted she makes mistakes navigating parenting but she’s still “trying [her] best.” Busy explained, “I want Birdie to be in control of their own narrative and not have to answer to anybody outside of our friends and family if they don’t want to.” Listen to the full podcast episode below.

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