Bristol Palin, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter, likes being a reality TV personality. ”You’re going to talk about me if I’m in my little life in Alaska or if I’m in L.A., so I might as well just have fun with it,” Bristol told reporters Friday during the Television Critics Association summer, according to People.
ABC said Friday that the former vice presidential candidate’s daughter will return to “Dancing with the Stars” in September. Bristol appeared on the show in 2010 and finished in third. Former “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson, Drew Lachey, Kirstie Alley, Shawn Johnson and others will join Ms. Palin on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
“I just think that god provides opportunities like this, and you can either go out and do them or not do them,” Bristol added.
Bristol’s reality TV fame has helped her earn a substantial living. In 2011, The Associated Press reported that she earned more than $262,000 for her role in helping raise awareness for teen pregnancy prevention in 2009.
“Do I like to provide for my son?” the Alaska native asked rhetorically. “Yes, I do.”
Bristol’s current reality TV venture, “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp,” recently generated controversy after her son Tripp was overheard saying “faggot.” However, she denied The Huffington Post report in a blog post.
“As I’ve said before, I sometimes struggle to raise Tripp. However, he does NOT use slurs,” she wrote.
Although Bristol’s reality TV appearances have been controversial, the single mother believes that the positives outweigh the negatives.
“I’m not whining, I’m not complaining,” she posited. “I’m going to go out there and have fun.”
Bristol and her family came under increased scrutiny after Sarah Palin was selected by Arizona Senator John McCain to be his running mate in the 2008 presidential election. Bristol, in particular, was singled out by the media because she was pregnant at the time with her former fiancé Levi Johnston’s baby.