OMG! In breaking news, it looks like Larry Birkhead may not be the father of Anna Nicole Smith’s newborn daughter. Anna Nicole’s lawyer Howard K. Stern has come forward to say that he is the “proud father” of her baby girl who was born three days before her son Daniel Wayne died unexpectedly in the Bahamas.
Stern told CNN’s Larry King Live on Tuesday evening, “It’s been very rough.”
“She said that she didn’t want to trade out children, meaning she didn’t want one to be born and another to die.”
20-year-old Daniel Wayne died quite suddenly September 10 while he was visiting his mother in the maternity ward of the Bahamas hospital. Stern was with Anna Nicole & her son when he died that night. He informed Larry King that they had named their newborn daughter Dannie Lynn Hope to keep Daniel Wayne’s memory alive.
Stern’s daughter with Anna Nicole is “the one thing that is really keeping her going,” the lawyer stated.
“And through it all, even with all the pain, she has been a great mom, a very attentive mom.”
â€œAnna and I have been in a relationship and we love each other and itâ€™s been going on for a very long time.” Stern said. “Because of my relationship as her lawyer, we felt that it was best to keep everything hidden.â€
Stern told King that he & new mom Anna Nicole plan to stay in the islands long term, for to give their daughter a new life, away from the prying eyes of the media.
Larry asked Howard if the two planned on getting married, Stern responded, “I’ve loved her for quite some time and hopefully the feeling’s mutual. At some point, we will. Right now we have to somehow get through what we’re going through.”
However we might still have the jury out on the paternity of Dannie Lynn Hope, photojournalist Larry Birkhead sent a statement to CNN countering Stern’s claim of paternity. He stated, “I’ve been told by Anna Nicole Smith that I’m the father of her newborn child. I have proof of itâ€¦I am requesting that a DNA test take place in the United States.”
â€Does it give you concern that there might be a shot that the DNA might exclude you?â€ King asked the attorney, reading Birkhead’s statement. â€œOr is there no doubt that you’re the father?â€
â€I think based on the timing of it, that there shouldn’t be a doubt,â€ Stern countered.
As for the mysterious cause of Daniel Wayne Smith’s death, Stern said, “We’re still waiting to find out what the cause is.”
“We also now have an indication that there may have been other prescriptive medication in his system.”
Wow. That’s a Wednesday morning doozie.