posted rare photos of his and Anna Nicole Smith’s teen in an Instagram video Thursday, gushing, “Happy 17th Birthday Dannielynn! I am so proud of you in each and every way.
“Wishing you the best day ever !” Birkhead, 50, continued. “You are funny, crazy smart, pretty and just about everything I could ever imagine.”
He went on to write that Smith, who died in 2007 at age 39, “would be so proud of” Dannielynn.
“I sure am. Happy Birthday,” Birkhead concluded. “By the way, when you asked me if you could live in my basement forever, I said yes, but I didn’t have the heart to tell you there aren’t any basements in Florida.”
In the social media upload, pictures flashed of the photographer and Smith posing with the little one during her childhood.
The footage then progressed to more recent snaps, from the birthday girl going glam in a full face of makeup to her playing an electric guitar.
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Dannielynn was 5 months old when her mom died of a drug overdose, with Birkhead often honoring the actress’ passing online.
In September 2019, he told the Daily Mail about the intentional way he raised their daughter to be “just a kid” out of the spotlight.
“People always say, ‘Is she going to be an actress? Is she going to be a model?’” Birkhead explained at the time. “And I never push her in a certain direction. Actually, I get calls all the time and I say, ‘No, she’s not interested in doing that kind of stuff.’”
Dannielynn has, however, taken an acting class, telling the outlet that “it’s really cool like to act as a character, not yourself.”