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“I’m not the best dad — I have my faults — but I do the best I can with what the situation is,” he told Natalie Morales during a Today show segment aired on Monday.
“We make the best of it, and I think Dannielynn’s best days are still to come. 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 just 5 months old when Smith was found unresponsive in a Florida hotel room. And Birkhead, 43, says he still gets emotional about the death.
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“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 says.
“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.”
He says he decided to raise the little girl in a small Kentucky town to shield her from the spotlight. But that hasn’t kept the unwanted attention away.
“People call me all the time and say, ‘Can she be in a movie? Can she model?’ ” Birkhead says. “I didn’t care about it, so I’d say, ‘No, she’s not interested.’ “
He adds that Dannielynn is just a “regular kid.”
“She’s into technology now and she’s into games and these YouTube videos,” Birkhead says.
The 43-year-old says Dannielynn has suggested that he get back out into the dating ring, but he’s focused on raising his daughter.
And much to Birkhead’s delight, he says of the late Smith, “I think she would probably think I’m doing a pretty good job.”
— Char Adams