Things got emotional when Robert Irwin stopped by The Project over the weekend.

Steve Irwin’s conservationist son was guest host on Sunday, joining the show to talk about a wide range of topics including the Socceroos’ heroic 2022 World Cup run.

Irwin also discussed the serious subject of dementia, revealing that he sadly knew very well about the difficulties of the disease through personal experience.

“I think there’s no one living who hasn’t encountered someone or has a loved one who has experienced this,” he told his co-hosts.

“I know my grandfather on my mum’s side had a form of dementia and a lot of family friends have had that as well and it’s just, it’s devastating.”

Irwin continued: “Someone you love, someone you’re close to you see going through that and just not being able to relive and enjoy the moments they had it’s heartbreaking.

“But I guess it just reminds you you’ve got to spend every second with the people you love and really surround yourself with love and light and hopefully this is light at the end of the tunnel for a safe way for people to stop this.”

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Irwin added that he hoped a drug cure for dementia could be made available soon.

Elsewhere in the interview, Irwin revealed his immense pride at continuing his famous father’s conservation legacy, and his happiness at joining forces with The Wiggles at a recent gala dinner (watch below).

In other Irwin news, the 18-year-old recently told Fitzy & Wippa which reality TV competition he’d like to join one day.

After revealing that the entire Irwin clan constantly received offers to appear on shows like Dancing with the Stars Australia, he added that The Masked Singer Australia could be the one for him.

“Mate, I’d give it a go, I don’t know (but) I’d give it a go,” he told the radio hosts, before adding that “there has been talk about that; I’d give it a crack.” Not that joining the show would be an easy ride. “I’d probably be terrible at it. I cannot sing,” he joked.

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