Larry Birkhead to Take Dannielynn Home

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If people can stop complaining about the choice of Willa Ford to portray Anna Nicole Smith on screen for a moment, they could appreciate the following good news:

On Thursday, a Bahamas judge cleared Larry Birkhead to leave the country with his daughter, Dannielynn.

Dannielynn in OK!

According to sources close to Howard K. Stern, who has raised Dannielynn since her birth on Sept. 7, Birkhead will take the infant home to the U.S. on Friday. And maybe normalcy will return to the child's life.

Stern is reportedly "upset and heartbroken" and finds himself facing the reality of being "single and on his own for the first time in many years," a source close to him says.

Still, he told Access Hollywood: "I just want Dannielynn to have a good life, and I'm hopeful that Larry is going to provide that for her, so it's bittersweet. It's hard, but I just want her to be as happy as she can be."

A source tells Reuters that, in exchange for allowing Birkhead to leave the Bahamas with Dannielynn, the court required that he return to the country for another formal custody hearing on June 8. Birkhead has been battling with Smith's awful mother, Virgie Arthur, over custody.

Sources say the photographer will first bring Dannielynn back to his hometown of Louisville, Ky., where his father â€" who recently suffered a heart attack â€" is looking forward to meeting his granddaughter. We just hope, unlike the stepfather of Shyamali Malakar, this guy doesn't make her smoke pot.

Finally, Stern will remain in the Bahamas and is expected to write a book about his life with Smith. "It will be a giant money making cathartic experience for him," says a source.

And not the least bit exploitive of the woman and baby he supposedly loves.

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Larry Birkhead Quotes

She has a boyfriend. Count from Seasame Street.

Larry Birkhead [on his daughter]

I think about life in a different way. I had kidney stones and was in the hospital for a week in July. I was freaking out thinking, If something happens to me, Dannielynn is by herself. I'm all this little one has left.

Larry Birkhead