Bindi Irwin took to social media on Saturday to wish her boyfriend, professional wakeboarder Chandler Powell, a happy 19th birthday.
“Happy birthday to a person who inspires me every day. A soul who makes me smile no matter where I am in the world, despite any amount of distance,” Irwin captioned a romantic picture of her in his arms. “Thank you for the endless hugs, late night conversations about life, holding my hand when a loud noise scares me and laughing along with all my bindi moments. I’m blessed to be a part of your world.”
Bindi Irwin is temporarily making L.A. her home while she competes on Dancing With the Stars. Powell is attending college in Florida. The two met in 2013, when she was asked to take him on a tour of the Australia Zoo. Home for Bindi Irwin, when not competing on DWTS, is Queensland, Australia. Today in her home country–November 15th–is Steve Irwin day, in honor of Bindi’s dad, the late Crocodile Hunter.
Long distance relationships aren’t easy, but Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell make the best of theirs–typically relying on Skype or Facetime when they are half a world or half a country apart.
The two make a gutsy couple–both loving the outdoors and neither being particularly squeamish.
“Chandler and I love to go have adventures or a picnic in the park. He’s even going to try and teach me how to wakeboard. We’ll see how that goes,” she said in a recent interview with People magazine.
Chandler Powell is known for nursing poor Bindi Irwin’s severely injured dancing feet back to health.
“He was the one helping soothe and tape my feet every day,”Bindi says of her DWTS injuries. “At one point, one of my toenails fell off and flew past him. He said, ‘Oh. It’s a good thing I love you.’ It was just so gross but I felt so bad.”
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It’s uncertain whether Bindi Irwin and Chandler Powell were able to celebrate his birthday together and in person, or if the celebration was a long distance one.
Either way, the two conveyed their love to each other.
Bindi Irwin has won the hearts of Americans during her time on Dancing With the Stars. Chandler Powell best not let Americans down. They’ll be watching closely to make sure he continues to treat the sweet, talented dancer well.