“I’m not the best dad — I have my faults — but I do the best I can with what the situation is,” Birkhead told Natalie Morales.
It’s been nearly 10 years since Dannielynn’s mother, model Anna Nicole Smith, died of an accidental drug overdose.
“We make the best of it, and I think Dannielynn’s best days are still to come,” said Birkhead. “She’s got such a bright future in front of her, and I try every day to keep a little bit of the memory alive of her mom.”
Dannielynn was 5-months-old when Smith died in February 2007 after overdosing on prescription drugs.
“There’s things left unanswered, things that I didn’t get to say to her, and it’s tough when you go to school and you’re filling out the forms. It gets me every year. And you have to put ‘deceased’ on her mom’s information,” he said.
He added: “There’s days that if I stop and think about it, and you ask me about it, you will see a tear, but every other minute of the day you will see a smile. That’s just how it goes.”
But don’t expect the 10-year-old to follow in her mother’s footsteps any day soon.
“People call me all the time and say, ‘Can she be in a movie? Can she model?’ ” Birkhead said of his beautiful daughter. “I didn’t care about it, so I’d say, ‘No, she’s not interested.’ ”
He added: “I made a conscious decision a long time ago to move to Kentucky. I do that on purpose because it takes away the chase, it takes away the curiosity, it takes away the false stories.”
The proud papa says Dannielynn is just a “regular kid.”
“She’s into technology now and she’s into games and these YouTube videos,” he said.
What would Smith say of his parenting skills?
“I think she would probably think I’m doing a pretty good job,” Birkhead, 43, said of his late ex.