Bindi Irwin says she'll 'never move on' from her father's death

But daughter of Steve Irwin, now 17, has a bright future

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Bindi Irwin is looking more and more grown up these days and she's opening up about her famous father in a way she never has before.

She's still just 17, but Bindi has dealt with a lot in her short life including the death of her famous father, 'Crocodile Hunter' Steve Irwin when she was just 8-years-old.

In Australia's Daily Telegraph magazine 'Sunday Style', she opens up about losing her dad at such a young age in 2006 and how its affected her.

"You never actually move on from it," she says. "As a little kid, I remember people coming up to me and saying, 'I'm so sorry [for your loss], sweetheart, but time heals all wounds.'

"There really isn't a greater lie. It's just not true. It's like losing a part of your heart. And when you've lost that, you never get it back. Part of you will always be missing. It was the hardest thing I've ever had to deal with."

Steve Irwin was 44 when he died after a stingray barb pierced his chest while he was filming on the Great Barrier Reef.

"After losing Dad, there was the idea that none of us have forever," Bindi says. "It really affects you. It makes you want to live each day as if it's your last."

Looking to the future

Bindi now has a new boyfriend, American professional wakeboarder Chandler Powell, 18.

"I was blessed to meet Chandler and his family back in November 2013," she says. "We remained in touch and stayed friends. Since then, our friendship has developed into something really special."

The couple is working together on Irwin's Wildlife Warriors team, with Powell a global ambassador.

The Australian Geographic Society named Irwin 2014's Young Conservationist of the Year and she's an Earth Hour ambassador.

Her latest TV show, Bindi's Bootcamp, has been picked up by Netflix and is now shown in the UK, US, Canada and Australia.

She has a packed schedule over the next few months, including a month-long trip to the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve in Far North Queensland with her mum and brother to track crocodiles.