EXCLUSIVE: Larry Birkhead opens up about daughter Dannielynn's life 8 years after Anna Nicole Smith's death

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Anna Nicole Smith's Daughter Dannielynn and Ex Larry Birkhead on Life 8 Years Since Her Death

It's been over eight years since model and actress Anna Nicole Smith died, leaving behind her 8-month-old daughter Dannielynn.

Now 9 years old, Dannielynn and father and Anna Nicole's ex, Larry Birkhead, sat down with ET's Kevin Frazier to discuss what their lives have been like since the star's death.

"I look at her and she's my everything," Larry, 42, said of his little girl. "When I see how big she's become, I'm just so proud of her... She reminds me so much of her mom and as she gets older, and her features are changing, it's just like having a little miniature Anna Nicole running around in so many ways."

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For Larry, his time with Anna Nicole was fast paced, and years later, it almost doesn't feel real.

"A lot of that [life] seems like that's a blur," Larry said. "If it weren't for Dannielynn I would say, 'Did any of this really happen?' Life's [was] so fast paced you know? Raising her on my own... it doesn't feel near as crazy."

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LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Dannielynn Birkhead (L) and former model Larry Birkhead attend the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Dannielynn Birkhead and Larry Birkhead arrive at the 142nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Dannielynn Marshall (L) and Larry Birkhead attend the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Dannielynn Birkhead attends the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Dannielynn Birkhead (L) and Larry Birkhead attend the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Dannielynn Birkhead toasts with Moet & Chandon at the 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Dannielynn and Larry Birkhead attend 140th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
Larry Birkhead, right, and his daughter Dannielynn Marshall arrive at the world premiere of "The Smurfs 2" at the Regency Village Theatre on Sunday, July 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Larry Birkhead, right, and his daughter Dannielynn Marshall arrive at the world premiere of "The Smurfs 2" at the Regency Village Theatre on Sunday, July 28, 2013 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
CELEBRITY WIFE SWAP - 'Larry Birkhead/Helio Castroneves' - The former boyfriend of deceased Playboy Playmate, Anna Nicole Smith, and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion, Helio Castroneves, are featured on 'Celebrity Wife Swap,' TUESDAY, MAY 27 (10:00- 11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Amber Sigman/ABC via Getty Images)
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This image provided by the Los Angeles County Superior Court shows Anna Nicole Smith with her daughter, Dannielynn, and Howard K. Stern. Suggesting pictures are more powerful than words, the defense in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case put on a slide show for jurors Friday of 90 photos depicting the last five months of the former Playboy model's life. With defense lawyers planning to call no witnesses after the prosecution rests its case Monday, the photos were their only evidence, designed to show Smith was not impaired by drugs as witnesses have testified.(AP Photo/ Los Angeles County Superior Court)
Larry Birkhead and his daughter, Dannielynn, leave the red carpet before the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Saturday, May 3, 2014. Birkhead is a former partner of American Playboy model Anna Nicole Smith. (Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT via Getty Images)
20/20 - The young daughter of Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead is following in her mom's modeling footsteps. Birkhead opens up to Deborah Roberts about his decision to let six-year-old Dannielynn model for Guess jeans. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) 
20/20 - The young daughter of Anna Nicole Smith and Larry Birkhead is following in her mom'€™s modeling footsteps. Birkhead opens up to Deborah Roberts about his decision to let six-year-old Dannielynn model for Guess jeans. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) 
Dannielynn Birkhead (the daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith) gives her father, Larry Birkhead a kiss on the red carpet during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.
Larry Birkhead appears in front of images of himself and Anna Nicole Smith at Julien's Auctions annual summer sale at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino June 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The auction, which continues through Sunday, features 1,600 items from entertainers including Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Elvis Presley and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Part of the proceeds from Smith's auction items will be used to help in the upbringing of Birkhead and Smith's daughter Dannielynn Birkhead. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Larry Birkhead attends Anna Nicole Smith auction press preview at Planet Hollywood Times Square on May 13, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
 Dannielynn Smith (Anna Nicole Smith's daughter) and Larry Birkhead arrive at the Launch celebration party for The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 17, 2008 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Dannielynn Smith (Anna Nicole Smith's daughter) and Larry Birkhead arrive at the Launch celebration party for The Simpson's Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 17, 2008 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Nassau, BAHAMAS: Former companions of Anna Nicole Smith, Larry Birkhead (L) and Howard K. Stern (R) stand outside as the coffin of Anna Nicole Smith leaves the Bahamas church 02 March 2007, as the former Playboy model headed to her final resting three weeks after her death. The private funeral ceremony followed bitter legal battles over custody of the body that in life had won Smith Playboy fame and a marriage to an 89-year-old billionaire. A throng of Bahamians, tourists and media crushed behind police barriers as the pink-laced white coffin was carried into the Mount Horeb Baptist Cathedral in Nassau Bahamas for a funeral ceremony closed to all but 300 invited guests.The church was reportedly filled with pink roses, and sources close to the funeral said Smith's body was clad in a gown and tiara. AFP PHOTO/ROBERT SULLIVAN (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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Nassau, BAHAMAS: Larry Birkhead (C), former companion of Anna Nicole Smith, stands outside as the coffin of Anna Nicole Smith leaves the Bahamas church 02 March 2007 as the former Playboy model headed to her final resting three weeks after her death. The private funeral ceremony followed bitter legal battles over custody of the body that in life had won Smith Playboy fame and a marriage to an 89-year-old billionaire. A throng of Bahamians, tourists and media crushed behind police barriers as the pink-laced white coffin was carried into the Mount Horeb Baptist Cathedral in Nassau Bahamas for a funeral ceremony closed to all but 300 invited guests.The church was reportedly filled with pink roses, and sources close to the funeral said Smith's body was clad in a gown and tiara. AFP PHOTO/ROBERT SULLIVAN (Photo credit should read ROBERT SULLIVAN/AFP/Getty Images)
BAHAMAS - FEBRUARY 25: Larry Birkhead, a former boyfriend of the late Anna Nicole Smith, gives a confident thumbs-up outside the Supreme Court in the Bahamas during the custody battle over Smith's baby daughter, Dannielynn. Birkhead claims, along with three other men, to be the father of her child., (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
BAHAMAS - FEBRUARY 25: Larry Birkhead arrives with his lawyer, Debra Opri, outside Supreme Court in the Bahamas to begin the custody battle for the late Anna Nicole Smith's baby daughter, Dannielynn. Birkhead claims, along with three other men, to be the father of her child., (Photo by John Roca/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Larry Birkhead smiles and raises his hands in the air after a paternity hearing the Bahamian court, in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. DNA analysis released during the hearing has proven that Anna Nicole Smith's former boyfriend Larry Birkhead is the father of her infant daughter, an expert in genetic evidence said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Christine Aylen)
Larry Birkhead walks through a group of waiting reporters as he enters the Bahamian Supreme Court to attend a hearing in the ongoing paternity case for the late Anna Nicole Smith's six month old daughter Dannielyn, in Nassau, Bahamas, Tuesday, March 20, 2007. (AP Photo/Tim Aylen)
** FILE ** Debra Opri and her client, Anna Nicole Smith's former boyfriend Larry Birkhead, talk to the media during the noon recess on Feb. 22, 2007 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Superior Court Judge Charles C. Lee rejected Debra Opri's arbitration request in a ruling dated Thursday Sept. 6, 2007. The judge said Opri did not sufficiently address Birkhead's claims that he was defrauded and never agreed to arbitration. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)
This image provided by the Los Angeles County Superior Court shows Anna Nicole Smith and her daughter, Dannielynn. Suggesting pictures are more powerful than words, the defense in the Anna Nicole Smith drug conspiracy case put on a slide show for jurors Friday of 90 photos depicting the last five months of the former Playboy model's life. With defense lawyers planning to call no witnesses after the prosecution rests its case Monday, the photos were their only evidence, designed to show Smith was not impaired by drugs as witnesses have testified.(AP Photo/ Los Angeles County Superior Court)
Dannielynn, daughter of Anna Nicole Smith, arrives before the 136th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 1, 2010, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Gail Kamenish)
The hearse carrying Anna Nicole Smith coffin arrives at the Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleums for her burial in Nassau, Bahamas, Friday, March 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
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May 01, 2010 - Louisville, Kentucky, U.S. - Larry Birkhead carried his daughter Dannielyn, daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith, at the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday May 1, 2010. Photo by Charles Bertram (Credit Image: © Lexington Herald-Leader/ZUMApress.com)
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Sep 27, 2006; Washington, DC, USA; Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer has revealed he is the father of her baby daughter. Howard K. Stern has also said he and the former Playboy Playmate have already discussed getting married. Pictured: ANNA NICOLE SMITH walks into the United States Supreme Court with her lawyer HOWARD K. STERN in Washington D.C. on February 2, 2006. The high court agreed
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During Anna Nicole's pregnancy, and even after her death from a drug overdose in Florida, many wondered if Dannielynn would be damaged by the Playboy star's alcohol and drug use. But the fourth grader has grown into a normal, healthy young girl who loves playing games and spending time with her dad.

Opening up about her hobbies, Dannielynn told ET that she loves playing video games -- especially building cruise ships in the popular computer game,Minecraft -- and that she enjoys traveling with her father to the Bahamas.

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The Bahamas was the beginning of the end for Anna Nicole. Three days after Dannielynn was born, Anna Nicole's son Daniel died from a lethal combination of drugs while visiting his mother and his newborn half-sister in the hospital. Both Anna Nicole and her son were laid to rest in the Bahamas.

"We go back all the time and we go to [Anna Nicole's] grave. We visit and I tell Dannielynn stories about her mom," Larry explained. "I don't sugar coat it. I say there are some things that your mom did and you know I try to make her learn from it."

Larry opened up about the challenges of explaining, to his daughter, the complex public life Anna Nicole became famous for, and the good person she actually was, outside of the lens of public scrutiny.

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"There is YouTube these days and that stuffs out there and my daughter likes to google already and I'm trying to keep her from it," Larry explained. "She'll see things, you know, when she grows up, that not necessarily all true. Was [Anna Nicole] wild? Yeah, sure. But [she was] a great lady, and a great mom."

Ultimately, Larry revealed that he's immensely happy to have his little girl in his life, and he takes personal pride in giving her a normal, simple childhood.

"I think [about] how far she's come, and all the craziness that swirled around her and that she was just, really none the wiser. Just a little kid doing her thing like she's supposed to be," Larry said. "That's the one thing that I'm most proud of that I've done -- trying to keep everything as normal as I can, in just a really crazy, crazy situation."

Watch ET tonight for the full exclusive interview with Larry and Dannielynn. Check here for local listings.

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