Howard K. Stern, Anna Nicole Smith's lawyer, admitted on Tuesday that he's the "proud father" of Anna's baby girl.
Stern told CNN's Larry King about his relationship with Anna, "We love each other and it's been going on for a very long time and because of my relationship as her lawyer, we felt it was best to keep everything hidden. And we've done a pretty good job of that." King went on to ask if he planned to marry Smith, Howard replied, "I've loved her for quite some time and hopefully the feeling's mutual. At some point, we will. Right now we have to somehow get through what we're going through."
Stern said that newborn Dannie Lynn Hope has been Anna Nicole's "one ray of hope" since the tragic event of her son Daniel dying unexpectedly. He went on to say that the child is "the one thing that is really keeping her going. And through it all, even with all the pain, she has been a great mom, a very attentive mom."