Robert Irwin is all grown up in a new cover shoot


Robert Irwin like you’ve never seen him before! The 18-year-old is all grown up in a new cover shoot as he reveals how entering adulthood without a ‘father figure’ after the death of his dad Steve has been ‘really hard’

Robert Irwin is navigating life as an adult after turning 18 last year. 

But the teenager tells this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine that growing up without his father Steve Irwin around has been a challenge. 

‘Because I am sort of stepping into adulthood, having turned 18, and navigating that is hard enough [but] when you are in my situation, and you don’t have a father figure to guide you through, it’s really hard,’ he admits. 

Robert Irwin is navigating life as an adult after turning 18 last year. But the teenager tells this week's issue of Stellar Magazine that growing up without his dad Steve Irwin around has been a challenge. Pictured in Stellar

Robert Irwin is navigating life as an adult after turning 18 last year. But the teenager tells this week’s issue of Stellar Magazine that growing up without his dad Steve Irwin around has been a challenge. Pictured in Stellar 

While Robert has followed in his family’s footsteps as a conservationist at Australia Zoo, he hopes to go his own way too, and is perusing a career as a photographer. 

‘I definitely want to experiment and try new things,’ he told the magazine. 

‘I want to forge my own path and I’m really passionate about photography. I love being behind the camera. I am working on a coffee-table book with my photography that I’m going to be releasing later this year’.

'Because I am sort of stepping into adulthood, having turned 18, and navigating that is hard enough [but] when you are in my situation, and you don't have a father figure to guide you through, it's really hard,' he admits. Pictured on the cover of Stellar

‘Because I am sort of stepping into adulthood, having turned 18, and navigating that is hard enough [but] when you are in my situation, and you don’t have a father figure to guide you through, it’s really hard,’ he admits. Pictured on the cover of Stellar 

In the accompanying photo shoot, Robert is all grown up as he strikes a pose in a chic slate polo shirt and brown trousers. 

On the cover of the magazine, he cuts a slightly retro figure in a lilac shirt with rolled up sleeves and black slacks. 

It comes after a report that Robert is set to follow in his late father Steve’s footsteps and leave his family home at Australia Zoo in Queensland to travel the world making nature documentaries – just like his dad. 

Steve, known to millions around the world as 'the Crocodile Hunter', died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. Robert is pictured as a child with his father Steve

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland. Robert is pictured as a child with his father Steve

‘He loves Australia Zoo and everything his parents built together, but he’s ambitious and wants to get out and see the world – hopefully with a camera crew right behind him, just like Steve did,’ a source told New Idea magazine

‘He wants to be a mix of his dad and David Attenborough,’ the insider explained.

The award-winning nature photographer reportedly has his sights set on visiting South Africa, after falling in love with the country during a family visit in 2018.  

While Robert has followed in his family's footsteps as a conservationist at Australia Zoo, he hopes to go his own way too, and is perusing a career as a photographer

While Robert has followed in his family’s footsteps as a conservationist at Australia Zoo, he hopes to go his own way too, and is perusing a career as a photographer 

Robert recently paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his dad doing the same many years ago.   

‘It is the greatest honour of my life to get to follow in my dad’s footsteps and help keep his legacy and mission alive. Especially when it comes to crocodiles,’ the Crikey! It’s the Irwins star wrote in his caption.

‘I feel closest to him being one-on-one with the animal he loved so much – a beautiful, powerful, prehistoric, misunderstood animal that commands a huge amount of respect.’ 

'I definitely want to experiment and try new things. I want to forge my own path and I'm really passionate about photography. I love being behind the camera. I am working on a coffee-table book with my photography that I'm going to be releasing later this year' he said

‘I definitely want to experiment and try new things. I want to forge my own path and I’m really passionate about photography. I love being behind the camera. I am working on a coffee-table book with my photography that I’m going to be releasing later this year’ he said 

Robert concluded by encouraging his fans to ‘love, respect and coexist with these remarkable modern-day dinosaurs’.

Steve, known to millions around the world as ‘the Crocodile Hunter’, died on September 4, 2006, at the age of 44 after being pierced in the chest by a stingray while filming a documentary in Batt Reef, Queensland.

Following his death, Steve’s family, including his children Robert and Bindi, widow Terri, and son-in-law Chandler Powell, have continued his conservation work at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast. 

It comes after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his dad doing the same many years ago

It comes after Robert paid tribute to his father on World Crocodile Day by sharing a photo to Instagram of himself feeding a crocodile at Australia Zoo recently, alongside a photo of his dad doing the same many years ago

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