Bindi Irwin has announced that she will be taking a break from social media for her mental health after a public family bust up. On father's day, 22 year old Bindi posted a tribute to her father, father-in-law and husband. When someone questioned why she failed to include her paternal grandfather Bob (83), Bindi was brutally honest, saying in part:
"Unfortunately my grandfather Bob has shown no interest in spending time with me or my family...my entire life has been psychological abuse from him. He has never said a single kind word to me personally... It breaks my heart but it is not healthy to engage in an abusive relationship."
She also said he returns her gifts after opening them and that she and her mother still financially support him as they have since 1992.
Bob's family struck back, with his granddaughter saying in part, "I read some absolutely appalling comments by Bindi today! Feel free to share this post as we have all been silent... for too long. [Bob] is a man who sits silently and battles his demons alone, in what is great sadness. He doesn't retaliate, only prays for his grandchildren's safety and good lives."
A family friend said, "To read the sad comments online today has sickened me, [Bob is] kind, gentle, generous and extremely fucking introverted. This should be a private matter not written about on Facebook. I'm so disappointed to read this. It's immature to write such words."
Bob's other granddaughter added, "I honestly cannot believe how [Bindi] can [accuse Bob of these things] and then preach "let's be kind to one another" in the same post...Let's hope [Bindi and Terri] remember who built the zoo that made them who they are today. [Steve Irwin] would be furious."
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