This past week, Irwin, 22, announced to her followers how she would be leaving social media in an attempt to focus on her family.
“Hi guys, Just a note to say thank you for your support. I’m taking a break from social media and most of my work in the public eye for a month to be with my beautiful daughter and my wonderful family,” she captioned the photo holding her baby girl, whom she shares with husband Chandler Powell.
“I feel tremendously grateful to share our life and conservation work with you but I need some time to focus on the happiness that is my family (both human and animal). You can keep up with our adventures by following my family and Australia Zoo on social media. ????”
She continued, “Recently, I’ve had many people reaching out to share their own stories of working hard to protect their mental health. Thank you for sharing and speaking your truth. To my friends who are dealing with depression, anxiety and other battles every day – I see you. These issues are very real and deserve to be discussed and addressed.”
“Surround yourself with the light of people who genuinely care about you and will support you during the good times and the hard times,” Irwin added. “Remember there are helplines available. Mental health deserves more understanding and support instead of being dismissed or patronised. You are absolutely worthy of love and kindness.”
Irwin and Powell had daughter Grace, on March 25. The date also marks their one-year wedding anniversary.
Powell responded to his wife’s message by reposting the sweet photo of Irwin and Grace on his Instagram, praising her ability to “stand up for what is right” by taking a break from social media.
“You inspire me with your unwavering kindness and your ability to stand up for what is right. You are the strongest and most beautiful person inside and out. Grace has an amazing mama to look up to❤️,” he wrote.
This past Sunday, Irwin posted a heartfelt Father’s Day tribute that honored her husband, late dad Steve Irwin and father-in-law.
“My husband amazes me every day with his kind and steadfast heart, his love for our daughter is infinite. My father-in-law works tirelessly for his family and is always there with a word of encouragement. These extraordinary men inspire me and I love them so very much,” she captioned three sweet shots of her father, Powell and her father-in-law.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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