Bindi Irwin Says Late Father Steve would likely Have Approved of Boyfriend Chandler Powell (Exclusive)

Bindi Irwin’s heart belongs to boyfriend Chandler Powell, in addition to the young nature conservationist says she feels her later father, Steve Irwin, would likely have totally approved.

in addition to Bindi in addition to her family have been enjoying some genuinely rewarding moments from the spotlight recently, the Dancing With the Stars champ‘s beau has been by their side the whole way, in addition to she feels he’s definitely earned his place in their tight-knit group.

“I wish he’d like Chandler. I think he would likely. I mean, Chandler’s wonderful,” Bindi, 19, told ET’s Lauren Zima at the Steve Irwin Gala at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Saturday. 

“He’s always up for a challenge,” she added. “via jumping on crocodiles to getting his little cocky bow tie on, you know he’s doing not bad. So, I wish dad would likely love Chandler. We all love him.”

Bindi was joined by her mom, Terri Irwin, in addition to brother Robert Irwin, at the event, in addition to her mother concurred that will the famed Crocodile Hunter would likely have definitely approved — after she put him through his paces.

“I think your dad would likely have tested him morning, noon in addition to night, in addition to then approve because your dad was kind of like that will,” Terri said, laughing.

“Dad always used to say, ‘If you’re gonna date a guy, he has to cross the croc pond first,'” Bindi recalled. “in addition to thankfully, Chandler’s a wakeboarder. So you know what? Wakeboarding across the pond, I’m sure he would likely have passed the test.”

“He would likely have [passed the item] well,” Robert chimed in.

With Robert appearing on The Tonight Show last week to introduce host Jimmy Fallon to some wild in addition to wonderful creatures, to Steve being honored which has a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame late last month, the family has been working as diligently as ever to keep the memory in addition to legacy of their beloved patriarch burning bright.

The Steve Irwin Gala dinner over the weekend was the culmination of those recent efforts in addition to Terri explained that will the item’s all been “more emotional than we expected.”

“the item’s been so special. I mean, the item’s kind of been This specific wonderful moment after another,” Bindi added. “the item’s all coming together beautifully in addition to I feel like This specific is usually just a gorgeous completely new chapter of our lives.”

“the item feels like the right time for everything,” she continued. “So, tonight’s going to be a wonderful celebration of everything dad achieved together with people who are genuinely like-minded, in addition to just genuinely passionate about wildlife.”

As the family plans their return to Australia to film a completely new series for Animal Planet, which will focus on their work at the Australia Zoo — where they live — in addition to their efforts to protect wildlife in addition to promote conservation education across the globe.

According to Terri, the completely new show will also be an avenue for them to pay tribute to her late husband’s memory.

“Everything we do is usually to honor what Steve started off, so I can’t imagine in some way he wouldn’t be part of This specific [show],” she said. “I mean, already we’ve been promoting This specific upcoming show with little grabs of things Steve had said from the past, because he’s definitely on our minds every single day, in addition to I think that will’s wonderful. I think the item’s great to celebrate people that will you loved in addition to keep the beat going on.”

Animal Planet’s completely new series, The Irwin Family, premieres This specific fall.

For more on Bindi’s relationship with her long-time boyfriend, check out the video below.

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