Larry Birkhead will not share legal custody of his and Anna
Nicole Smith's daughter. Birkhead is determined to raise Dannielynn
alone after DNA tests proved he is her biological father. However,
Anna Nicole's mother Virgie Arthur has indicated she may apply for
custody, saying: "I'm glad to find out who the father is, I just
want to be the grandmother. It's not over, but it's getting a lot
better." Birkhead doesn't want a custody battle and insists he will
let Arthur visit whenever she wants.
He told the 'Today' show: "We might go from one fight to another
but I'm hoping that's not the case because there's only one dad and
I have no problem with anyone that has good intentions being
allowed to visit the baby and be a part of the baby's life. It
would imply that I'm unfit as a parent, which I'm not. I'm looking
forward to giving Dannielynn everything that she needs and all the
love and support."
Howard K. Stern - who was named as Dannielynn's father on her
birth certificate - said he was "disappointed" by the DNA results
but will support Birkhead in any custody battle. Stern revealed:
"I'm obviously very disappointed, but my feelings for Dannielynn
have not changed. I'm going to do whatever I can to make sure
Birkhead gets sole custody." A hearing to determine who will raise
the seven-month-old baby will be held tomorrow.
Birkhead, who claims he was in a relationship with Anna Nicole
until May 2006 when she was five months pregnant, has been seeking
custody of Dannielynn for months. Dannielynn could inherit an
estimated £240 million fortune from the estate of Anna Nicole's
late oil tycoon husband J. Howard Marshall, depending on a
forthcoming court ruling. Anna Nicole had been fighting Marshall's
family for his estate since his death in 1995 and the battle is yet
to be resolved.The former Playboy model died on February 8, aged
just 39, from an accidental drugs overdose.