Steve 'The Crocodile Hunter' Irwin's daughter Bindi has addressed the criticism she faced on social media, after going ahead with her wedding during the coronavirus pandemic.
Per People magazine, this week aerial pictures (taken by a drone) of the 21-year-old conservationist's impromptu wedding at the Australia Zoo in Queensland leaked to social media. A number of Twitter users were subsequently outraged by Irwin's decision to marry Chandler Powell in the midst of a serious global pandemic.Take a look at Bindi's recent appearance on Good Morning America:
For instance, one Twitter user wrote: "Just wondering if #BindiIrwin knows that viruses don’t wear watches nor use diaries. The time and date for new rules are not suggested by the virus community who promise to behave prior to the hour!!! Strongly suggest that all guests self isolate after the nuptials! [sic]"
Now Bindi has uploaded the first picture of her wedding to her official Instagram account, and responded to criticisms of her controversial scheduling decisions in the caption.
Irwin wrote: "We held a small ceremony and I married my best friend. There are no words to describe the amount of love and light in my heart right now. We’ve planned this beautiful day for nearly a year and had to change everything, as we didn’t have guests at our wedding. This was a very difficult decision but important to keep everyone safe. [sic]"
She continued: "We wish all of our friends and family could have been there with us, however it’s lovely that we will be able to share photos and videos. Right now we’re encouraging the world to hold onto hope and love, which will carry us forward during this profound time in history. [sic]"
She added: "Today we celebrated life and reveled in every beautiful moment we shared together in our Australia Zoo gardens. Mum helped me get ready, Robert walked me down the aisle, Chandler became my husband and together we lit a candle in Dad’s memory. We shared tears and smiles and love. [sic]"
"Thankfully, since we all live at Australia Zoo as a family, we could be there for each other. To everyone reading this — stay safe, social distance and remember LOVE WINS! [sic]"
At the time of writing, there have now been 436,159 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across 114 countries worldwide, and a total of 19,648 deaths, according to John Hopkins University. Of these, 2,364 Australian have been infected, and a further eight have died.
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