11 Anna Nicole Secrets from Larry Birkhead on Her Jealously, Baby Drama and Death.
The late icon's ex opens up about their relationship in a new special.
Larry Birkhead took viewers inside his relationship with Anna Nicole Smith, who he called the "love of my life," during a new Lifetime special airing Friday night as part of its "Hopelessly In Love" docuseries.
While some of the new interviews done for the special were from the late model's close friends, it's Birkhead's testimonials that really carried the two hours, as he opened up about how their unlikely relationship developed and the crazy circus it turned into as it went on.
He also gave insight into his life with their daughter, Dannielynn, and the wild paternity case that unfolded after her birth. Throughout the special he also spoke about her ex-husband, J. Howard Marshall, his contentious relationship with Howard K. Stern and spilled on Anna's jealously.
Here are the 11 most revealing moments.
Anna and J. Howard Marshall
During the last 14 months of his life, 90-year-old businessman J. Howard Marshall was married to Smith, which led to her being labeled a "gold digger" by many. According to Larry, however, her love for him lived on after his death.
"I dated her for two and a half years and on the right side of the bed was a framed photo of J. Howard Marshall," he revealed. "Anna thought he was god like. She compared every relationship to that with J. Howard Marshall. It was a struggle."
He claimed she said their relationship was like that between a grandfather and granddaughter and she thought of him as "kind of her savior."
Larry also revealed that, long before he met her, he and his friends actually dressed up as Anna and her much-older husband for Halloween one year -- but while many considered the relationship a joke, he'd later come to believe it was "a whole different thing" for Smith. "One of the biggest misconceptions about Anna is that she's a gold digger," he added.
Anna and Larry, the Early Days
Larry first met Anna while working as a photographer at the Kentucky Derby in 2003. She told him she thought he was cute at the time, but things didn't heat up until the same event the following year. In 2004, he helped her go hat shopping for the Derby, then had Anna get handsy with him at a later event. "In my mind I thought, there's no way Anna Nicole, who could have her pick of any guy in here, is interested in me," he recalled.
She later invited him to be a photographer at her charity kids camp in Nebraska and that's where their relationship really developed. "It wasn't a red carpet event, it was more her one on one with the kids and she was a different person," he said. "This was not wild, wacky zany Anna Nicole. It's someone who had more of a purpose to them than being a punchline on television."
They had their first kiss -- which he called "surreal" -- and she left him with her phone number. "The first night I was alone with Anna, she told me she thought I was an angel sent to help her," said Birkhead.