Terri Irwin says she hasn't considered dating after her husband's death: 'I've had my happily ever after'

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Terri Irwin Says She Won't Marry Again After Losing Husband Steve Irwin


When beloved wildlife expert and TV personality Steve Irwin was killed in 2006, he left behind his loving wife Terri Irwin and his two adoring children, Bindi and Robert. It's been nine years since his death and it's clear his family is as devoted, strong and loving as ever.

As 17-year-old Bindi competes on this season of Dancing With the Stars, her mother Terri, 51, and 11-year-old brother are staying in L.A. to show their support. ET's Cameron Mathison caught up with the family during DWTS rehearsal, where Terri shared her sweet memories of her late husband, and how she doesn't have an interest in finding a new partner.

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Terri Irwin says she hasn't considered dating after her husband's death: 'I've had my happily ever after'
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: Bindi, Terri and Robert Irwin attend the official launch of the Australian Wildlife Hospital at Australia Zoo on November 15, 2008 on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. The opening ceremony timed to coincide with the second annual Steve Irwin Day celebration realised Steve Irwin's dream to establish the world's largest wildlife hospital to honour his mother Lyn Irwin who had been a pioneer in wildlife care in Queesnalnd, Australia. The new hospital is also a living memorial to Steve Irwin. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, NSW - OCTOBER 11: (L-R) Terri Irwin and daughter Bindi Irwin arrive on the orange carpet at the fourth annual Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2006 (NSW) at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on October 11, 2006 in Sydney, Australia. Bindi is presenting an award on behalf of her late father, Steve Irwin. (Photo by Kristian Dowling/Getty Images)
BEERWAH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Terri Irwin (C) wife of Australian environmentalist and television personality Steve Irwin, sits with daughter Bindi and friend Wes Mannion (R) at the Steve Irwin memorial service at Australia Zoo September 20, 2006 in Beerwah, Australia. Steve Irwin, known as the crocodile hunter, died after being stung through the heart by a stingray whilst diving off Port Douglas in the north of the Australian state of Queensland. (Photo by Dave Hunt/Pool/Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 14, 2002: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin with his wife Terri Irwin, and daughter Bindi Irwin, and a baby crocodile at Australia Zoo in Queensland. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER November 20, 2003: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin, who is Queensland's Australian of the Year 2004 state finalist, is congratulated by his daughter Bindi Irwin and wife Terri Irwin at Australia Zoo. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter Bindi Irwin during 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' Premiere at Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter during 'The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course' Premiere at Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Steve Irwin with wife Terri Irwin and daughter Bindi Irwin (Photo by Justin Kahn/WireImage)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin, and daughter (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
SUNSHINE COAST, AUSTRALIA - 1993: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin and his wife, Terri Irwin, and 'Jonathon' the Green Iguana at Australia Zoo in Queensland. (Photo by Newspix/Getty Images)
Steve Irwin, Terri Irwin & daughter Bindi Irwin at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Steve and Terri Irwin with their daughter Bindi during 2002 ShoWest Opening Day Luncheon at Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage)
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"I think I've had my happily ever after," Terri said, smiling. "I still feel immense love and loyalty to Steve. And I've got great kids, I've got a very full life, and while I'm lonely for Steve, I'm not a lonely person."

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Terri meet Steve in 1991 and the two fell quickly in love. The couple tied the knot in June 1992 after dating for eight months, and they filmed the pilot episode of their popular nature docu-series The Crocodile Hunter on their honeymoon. They went on to co-star on the show for five years.

"I think if I hadn't met Steve I probably would have never married. So that's how unique our relationship was," Terri shared. "And I think for other people who have lost someone and have loved again, it's a beautiful thing but it's just not really on my horizon."

Standing close with her young children, Terri gave an insight into how the family has remained hopeful, strong and close even in the face of their personal tragedy. For the Irwins, it's all about being open about their feelings.

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"If we can talk about what we've experienced and it can help other people, it's worth talking about," Terri said.

Earlier this season on DWTS, Bindi and her pro-partner performed a heartfelt dance commemorating her father, and Terri explained the true significance of that breathtaking moment.

"That was so special because she was bringing everyone's grief journey with her on her journey and saying, 'You can lose someone and then find your joy again,'" she said.

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