The 17-year-old reigning Dancing With the Stars winner opened up to the glossy about the show, her boyfriend Chandler Powell, and her father Steve Irwin‘s death. Check it:
On losing her father and bonding with her mom and brother: “It was really bad when I was younger, now I just have this sense that I want to protect them, so it’s always ‘be safe’ and ‘I love you.’ When your superhero dies, that’s really scary. The strongest person has been taken away, so what about everyone else?”
On DWTS: “It changed my life, because I was able to close those chapters that I’d never really been able to close before. It really gave me an opportunity to say, ‘Okay, I can be at peace with it, and I’m okay.’”
On Chandler: “He’s the first person I’ve met who understands my life – the travel and the work and that real dedication and determination. I think that’s why I love him so much, because he gets my world.”
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