It's been nine years since the beloved Australian "Crocodile Hunter" Steve Irwin suddenly passed away from a freak stingray accident, but his daughter, Bindi Irwin, finally told her story about the loss during last night's "Dancing With the Stars" routine.
However, her road to that point wasn't easy.
"It took a really long time to understand what really happened," she says, tearing up. "For the rest of my life, I kinda feel like he's going to come home."
She was only 8 years old when he died on Sept. 4, 2006.
While practicing with partner Derek Hough, she began to cry when one of Hough's dance suggestions reminded her of how she used to hold his hand.
"No matter where I go, dad will always be with me," she says. "I think that for this dance, that's really what we're going to try to do."
Based on the judges' results and everyone's reactions in the room, they succeeded.
After her intro, the lights dimmed and Irwin danced contemporary to "Every Breathe You Take" by Aaron Krause alongside Hough. The 17-year-old broke down after her performance, which moved everyone in the room — so much so, that the judges awarded her the first 10 of season 21.
"I wish he could fully understand how much he's done for me — and that I miss him," she said.
Watch her stunning performance below: