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Dannielynn Birkhead & Dad Larry Make Annual Appearance at Kentucky Derby 2022

Dannielynn Birkhead is looking so grown up on the red carpet!

The 15-year-old daughter of the late Anna Nicole Smith attended the 2022 Kentucky Derby with dad Larry Birkhead on Saturday (May 7) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

Other stars in attendance included Jack Harlow, Michael Phelps and wife Nicole, former The View co-host Star Jones, The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots, Food Network star Bobby Flay and girlfriend Christina Perez, former Bon Jovi member Richie Sambora, Mario Lopez and wife Courtney, along with Joey Fatone.

Country music singers Sam Hunt, Morgan Wallen, and Chase Rice were also at the big event.

The night before, Dannielynn and Larry attended a pre-Kentucky Derby event where she met an iconic entertainer!

Each year, Dannielynn and Larry attend the Kentucky Derby, which is where Larry and Anna first met in 2003.

FYI: Dannielynn is wearing a Celia B dress and Betsy Johnson shoes.

Click through the gallery inside for 10+ pictures of the stars attending the Kentucky Derby…More Here! »

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Richie Sambora Explains Why He Decided to Leave Bon Jovi

Richie Sambora is opening up about his decision to leave Bon Jovi back in 2013.

If you don’t remember, the guitarist didn’t show up for one of the band’s shows on their sold-out concert tour and decided to quit the group to be with his family.

“It wasn’t a popular decision by any means, obviously, but there was really almost no choice about it. I had a lot of conscious work to do around [my personal life],” Richie said in a new interview with People.

Richie decided to put his daughter Ava first at the time and be with her. She is now 23.

“We’ve been through a lot of things together. That was a time of psychological maintenance for the family,” he continued. “You know, I ain’t no angel. But I realized, Ava needed me to be around at that point in time. Family had to come first, and that’s what happened.”

“I love being a dad more than anything,” Richie said. “Luckily I was making enough money to be able to have a private plane, get my ass home and see my kid even if it was only for one day. If it was Halloween, it was boom, home.”

Ava‘s mom is actress Heather Locklear. She said of her dad, “He showed up to every dance recital I performed in and all of my school functions no matter how far he had to travel. He even flew all the way from Australia to surprise me at my father-daughter dance.”

Of his daughter, Richie said, “I brought a child into this world and I do not take it lightly… I’m very, very proud of her and the way she turned out. She’s an amazing young woman with a bright future. She’s just dedicated to being a good person. And she is.”

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