Larry Birkhead To Meet With Anna’s Mother Virgie Over Custody
First Published: April 12, 2007 2:00 PM EDT Credit: Access Hollywood
-- NASSAU, Bahamas (April 12, 2007) — Larry Birkhead will meet with Anna Nicole Smith?s mother tonight to discuss custody issues over his daughter with the late model, Access Hollywood can exclusively reveal.Birkhead told Access Hollywood’s own Tony Potts earlier this morning he planned to speak with Virgie Arthur within a matter of hours.
?I heard there?s supposed to be a meeting tonight,? Birkhead said. ?That?s what her attorneys are saying so we?ll see what happens.?
The newly confirmed daddy said he plans to attend the meeting to find out what Arthur?s camp has to say.
?I?d just like to listen I guess. I don?t know what anybody wants to say to me,? Birkhead told Access. ?I don?t know really what there is to talk about, but I?m glad to sit down and have a discussion.?
Birkhead said he has no fears about Arthur?s potential custody battle, should she take one on, as her lawyer has previously suggested to Access Hollywood.
?What?s the need? I?ve never even heard of that,? Birkhead told Potts. ?Custody for a grandparent? I?ve never heard of (that) when there is a fit parent that?s totally capable. I mean it?s like if that is what her attorneys are saying is her position then maybe my parents need to come for custody too. It just doesn?t make sense.?
Access Hollywood?s Tony Potts thinks the meeting is a good idea.
“I suggested to Larry after Virgie’s attorney’s post-DNA comments Tuesday at the courthouse that maybe the best thing is to get he and Virgie alone in a room together here on the island, forget the lawyers and just work it out,” Potts said. “Hopefully that is what will happen tonight.
“Larry has repeatedly told me he wants Virgie in Dannielynn’s life so if she goes for custody it would jeopardize all of that goodwill,” Potts added.
In related news, Birkhead, who has seen his daughter twice since Tuesday?s DNA test results revealing, told Potts the transfer of custody from Smith?s long time companion Howard K. Stern to him, may happen before the month long transition hat has been reported.
?[I hope it happens] sooner rather than later,? he said. ?I want to get into a groove with the baby and learn her routine and know what her likes and dislikes are and that doesn?t come from taking the baby and running.?
Previously, unconfirmed reports surfaced that a former associate of Smith?s told police the former model ordered her to underfeed Dannielynn to keep her ?sexier.? Birkhead revealed to Access however, the child has gained weight recently.
?From the first time I?ve seen her since the last time, she?s gained lots of weight,? he said. ?She is just really healthy.?
The photographer said he is not concerned about Dannielynn?s health following revelations Smith was on a number of prescriptions while she was pregnant. Birkhead did confirm though, that he has a pediatrician lined up for the child if any medical situations arise.
?When I take her back to wherever I?m gonna be I?m gonna have to have my own pediatricians,? he said. ?I?ve already contacted them and told them the situation. You always take the baby to your own doctors, so that?s not gonna be a problem.?
In related news, Birkhead may be taking a page from Angelina Jolie?s press book. In order to quash a paparazzi battle for the first photograph of Birkhead and his baby, he is considering putting a picture out there himself.
?I think the best thing is to get a picture out there of the two of us together and that takes the chase off and if there?s any proceeds from that, put it in a trust for the baby and everybody wins,? he said. ?Then we go away and hopefully everybody will leave us alone and hopefully give us privacy.?