Bindi Irwin, age 17, and DWTS pro Derek Hough, 30, are definitely favorites on this season of Dancing With the Stars. The two have dominated the dance floor and Irwin’s positive energy is infectious. Prior to being partnered with Irwin on the show, Hough has been paired with the following celebrities: with Jennie Garth, Shannon Elizabeth, Brooke Burke, Lil’ Kim, Joanna Krupa, Nicole Scherzinger, Jennifer Gray, Ricki Lake, Maria Menounos, Shawn Johnson, Kellie Pickler, Amber Riley, Amy Purdy, and Bethany Mota. Read on for the details on the duo below.
1. Irwin Has a Boyfriend While Hough Is Reported To Be Single
Irwin has a boyfriend named Chandler Powell, who has appeared on DWTS All-Access with her and he has been a big supporter of her while she’s on the show. Powell hails from the United States, so Irwin’s being in Los Angeles definitely makes it easier for them to see each other. Powell is a professional wake-boarder. In recent months, Hough was rumored to be casually dating Kate Hudson, but there has been no news lately when it comes to Hough’s love life.
One woman that Hough cannot stop talking about is Irwin. He recently revealed what a strong competitor she is, even dancing with three toe nails having fallen off her feet. Hough revealed in his TV Guide blog:
Yesterday, she had her socks off and my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw her feet. Three of her toenails have fallen off, she had huge blisters all over and bruises on her knees. It was not pretty! She was like, “Oh, yeah, they fell off yesterday. That one was bleeding last night.” I was like, “Bindi, you gotta tell me.” And she was like, “Oh, it’s nothing.” I said, “No, I gotta know when you’re hurting.” She was like, “No, really, I’m fine. It’s not a big deal.” I’ve had partners who needed to take a 20-minute break if it’s one little blister. Bindi is a badass.
2. They Each Have a Net Worth In the Millions
While Irwin has a net worth estimated at $3 million, her pro partner Hough has a wealth of $4 million. Irwin built her net worth as an actress and TV presenter, following in the footsteps of her late father, Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. She even produced a hip hop album and a kids fitness DVD. As for Hough, he makes a pretty penny from his Dancing With the Stars gig as well as private lessons, acting jobs and various projects.
3. Rumors Are Circulating That Irwin’s Boyfriend Is Jealous of Hough
Irwin and her boyfriend Chandler Powell profess their love for each other on social media and he’s been spotted smiling with his lady love many times on the DWTS set. However, there are rumors that they may be headed for a break up. A source told Celeb Dirty Laundry that:
I wouldn’t say that Chandler thinks Bindi is cheating on him just yet. But, it is definitely starting to get under his skin that Derek and Bindi are obviously way closer than he is to her. He thought their relationship was solid, but now he realizes that Bindi wasn’t opening up to him and really being herself like she is with Derek. His insecurities are starting to create a strain on their relationship.
To us, Irwin’s relationship with Hough appears to be platonic and resembles that of a close brother and sister.
4. Hough Now Has a Koala Named After Him in Irwin’s Zoo
Derek Hough that the Australian Zoo where Irwin lives has actually named a koala bear after him. And so, he will be making his first trip to Australia this coming winter.
Hough actually believes that Irwin’s background with animals has helped her in learning routines so well. Hough wrote in his TV Guide blog:
She has this amazing ability to perform. And she’s not a performer in her real life. She’s this girl who just lives outside with animals and to see her get into characters so well is nothing short of awesome. I actually think being around animals is why she’s so adept at adapting to these different dances. When I told her to be fierce and strong, she was like, “I just thought about a tiger and a shark.” I was like, “A shark?” She said, “Yeah, have you ever looked into a shark’s eyes?” I was like, “Um, not personally, no.” She was like, “They’re really cool-looking!” It’s like, “Cool! Whatever works!”
5. Irwin Has Paid Tribute to Her Late Father Several Times On Dancing With the Stars
Bindi Irwin has pretty much dedicated season 21 of DWTS to her late father Steve Irwin. She kicked off the season with Crocodile Rock and performed a heart-wrenching contemporary dance that was dedicated to her dad. She was so emotional that her pro partner Hough covered her ears while the show played footage of her discussing her father prior to their performance. He didn’t want her to listen to the package and get overwhelmed before the dance. At the end of the performance, Irwin broke down in tears, hugging Hough.