Whatever Happened To Larry Birkhead?

Up until the early 2000s, Larry Birkhead was just a regular guy from Kentucky, plying his trade as a freelance photographer. Then his life forever changed when he met model/actress/tabloid magnet Anna Nicole Smith at a Kentucky Derby event

Smith died in 2007, and after some confusion among Smith's various associates and hangers-on, a paternity test eventually revealed Birkhead to be the father of the Smith's daughter, Dannielynn. Smith has been gone for more than a decade now, so here's a look at what happened to her former love (and her only daughter.)

He lives far away from Hollywood

After Smith's death, Birkhead eschewed the Hollywood lifestyle and returned to the Louisville, Ky. area where he was raised to give Dannielynn a regular, quiet childhood. 

"I think here in Kentucky is as normal as you can get," Birkhead told Inside Edition (via Redbook.) "She loves school. She loves her friends. I just hope that she dreams big and accomplishes a lot." 

According to a profile by Louisville TV station WAVE, Birkhead doesn't employ a nanny and usually drops off and picks up Dannielynn from school. They don't indulge in a lot of extravagances either, beyond a large house and a dog that Birkhead bought Dannielynn because she got good grades. He reportedly earns his living working in photography and flipping houses.

He suffered another tragedy

Birkhead's 2007 was terrible. Smith died in February of that year of an accidental drug overdose, leaving him the single parent to a baby girl he had to prove in court was his. 

In December of that year, Birkhead's father passed away, too. Like his son, he was a lifelong resident of Louisville, where he ran a heating and air conditioning company.

He did a lot of reality TV

The Anna Nicole Show was an iconic series among the mid-2000s boom of reality shows. The show couldn't very well continue after Smith died, but Birkhead obliged the public's demand for more TV about his family. Notably, he starred in a sad, made-for-TV documentary called Life After Anna Nicole: The Larry & Dannielynn Story. He also appeared on an episode of ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap. (The "wife" in this scenario was Birkhead's sister, Angie.) He even looked for long-term love—but didn't find it—on Bravo's The Millionaire Matchmaker.

He isn't dating anyone

Not even the aforementioned millionaire matchmaker, Patti Stanger, could find lasting love for Birkhead. He reportedly doesn't date much. In fact, he told Us Weekly that the only night of the year he goes out is to attend the annual Barnstable Brown Gala at the Kentucky Derby. 

Nevertheless, Dannielynn really wants her dad to get back out there. According to Birkhead, as he was heading out to the gala in 2016, "Danni said, 'Would you do me a favor at the party?' And I said, 'What?' And she said, 'Would you get yourself a date?' I looked at her and started laughing and she said, 'No, really, I'm serious. Get a date.'" 

She also checked in on him via text throughout the evening to see if he'd followed up on her request. He had not. A year later, however, Birkhead was acting a bit more social, taking Dannielynn to the occasional movie premiere. While there, she saw Britney Spears. "She fell over backwards because she thought that was going to be her mom," Birkhead told Entertainment Tonight. 

Some of Dannielynn's other potential romantic picks for her dad: Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.

He denies cutting off Dannielynn from her grandmother

Many members of Birkhead's family live near him in Louisville, but he's reportedly somewhat distant from the other side of his daughter's family. In 2017, Virgie Arthur, Smith's mother and Dannielynn's grandmother, claimed to have not seen her kin since 2010. 

"I wanna be part of Dannielynn's life," Arthur told the Daily Mail. "It's not fair to her, not to know her mother's side of the family, it's not fair." 

Larry said that's all a bunch of lies. "Anna's mom has seen Dannielynn, and she's seen her a few times," he told Inside Edition in 2017. "I say that only because I want the story to stop." 

He took Dannielynn back to the Bahamas

Smith would have celebrated her 50th birthday in November 2017. To commemorate the occasion, Birkhead took Dannielynn to the Bahamas, where Smith gave birth to her in 2006. 

"The trip back for Dannielynn is kind of special because she doesn't really know a whole lot about the place where she was born," Larry told Us Weekly. "When Dannielynn was little and I used to bring her here, the people used to come out screaming, 'The people's princess Dannielynn is here,' cause it was such a big deal about her birth here, and they embrace her and they come up and ask for pictures and stuff all the time." 

Birkhead also showed his daughter the Bahamian courthouse where he had fought for sole custody of her shortly after her birth.