The whole "like mother like daughter" concept can be pretty unnerving, depending on who said mother is. I think we can all- Republican, Democrat, or anyone in between- agree that former Governor of Alaska and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin is one of those mothers who provoke a cringe when this concept comes up, am I right?
From practically the moment anyone knew who Sarah Palin even was, we also knew who Bristol Palin was: her pregnant, teenage daughter. And this unwed mother would go on to leave her own legacy of infamy. Since 2008, when her family was in the spotlight, Bristol Palin has spoken publicly about sexual abstinence before marriage, had two children out of wedlock with two different men, and appeared on two seasons of Dancing With The Stars. But all of this is common knowledge. What about the lesser-known stuff, things her own mother would hope to keep under wraps?
No worries, I am here to divulge! It should not be overly shocking that the spawn of the wacky woman who (shudder) almost became second in command of the United States of America is less than perfect herself. And don't worry- among the following list of 11 things Sarah Palin does not want you to know about her daughter Bristol, are plenty of fun facts about the matriarch politician herself. Enjoy!
9 She is BFF's with Teen Mom Stars
I'm sure uber-conservative Sarah Palin just loves that her daughter is close friends with Teen Mom star Maci Bookout. After all, teen pregnancy is one thing Bristol so passionately (and quite hypocritically) advocated against. That, practicing safe sex, and remaining celibate until marriage, of course. Maci had her son Bentley at age 16, and her second and third children with now-fiance Taylor McKinney, while still unmarried.
The two moms got acquainted at various events devoted to education about teen motherhood and abstinence, and their children are close in age. While it is probably a good thing for Bristol to have someone to relate to her struggles, I'm pretty sure Sarah has a distaste for any relationship that could A) associate Bristol's name even more with unwed mothers, and B) further the obvious point that she is a raging hypocrite.
8 She Charges $20,000 For Her Time
7 She is Money Hungry
Bristol most recently fought for custody of her baby, Sailor Grace Palin, with ex-fiance Dakota Meyer. She sought primary physical custody, with Meyer being allowed some visitation but no overnights (due to it being disruptive to her breastfeeding schedule). But while the judge ruled that it is in the child's best interest to remain in Alaska with her mother (Meyer lives in Kentucky), he will be allowed to visit his daughter in Alaska twice a month for a total of 8 days. As for breastfeeding, the judge said that overnight visits with her father are still in Sailor's best interest, and that Bristol can provide an adequate supply of milk for those times. It sucks for Bristol, but it especially sucks for Meyer, who has to take 8 days off work each month and pay for flights to Alaska bi-monthly!
6 She Dated a Psycho
Ok, it is common knowledge that Bristol's Baby Daddy #1 is Levi Johnston. But there are a few things you probably didn't know about the man who made a child with the daughter of Alaska's most certifiable governor. First, he got Bristol's name tattooed on his finger (she did not reciprocate). His jealous sister Sadie reacted to this act of love by getting Levi's name tattooed on her inner wrist (weird), and his mother was arrested for selling prescription drugs which funded all of Levi's expensive gifts to Bristol. Maybe the psychosis runs in the family? But hey, at least mother and son were working together!
5 Her Ongoing Catfight with Meghan McCain
4 She Went Under the Knife
3 Bristol and Sarah Fight All the Time
Sarah Palin would not have you know it, but she and her daughter are at odds frequently. This is normal to an extent for any mother-daughter duo, though when you live your life in the spotlight, especially the kind of spotlight shone on you when running for Vice President of the United States, this is not ideal. Bristol's ex Levi Johnston (Baby Daddy #1), in an in-depth interview with Vanity Fair, detailed his ex's fights with her mother, claiming the younger Palin often said, "I hate you" to Sarah during these times. He said of the tension: "Those two definitely didn't get along much, especially after the campaign, when the cameras wouldn't leave Bristol alone and her family wasn't there for her."
2 She Is a Liar and Hypocrite
Oops, she did it again! In June of 2015, Bristol announced her second pregnancy. As you can imagine, Palin-hating Democrats had a field day with the news! Kathy Griffin probably summed it up best by her Twitter reaction: "The face of a happy comedian. Re: Bristol Palin is pregnant again and doesn't want any lectures."
1 She Lost Her V-Card Without Even Knowing It
And then she went on to get engaged to the guy! This one is a real mystery to me. In her memoir, Bristol discloses the very personal story of how she was camping with friends and got drunk, then woke up to see Levi's empty sleeping bag next to hers. She could hear him laughing with his friends outside the tent, and her girlfriend told her, "You definitely had sex with Levi." Bristol laments in her book that she feels as if her virginity was "stolen." She says, "All of my plans, my promises, and my moral standards had disappeared in one awful night in a series of bad decisions... I was going to marry Levi. I had to now."
OK, she was young and naive, and that night was one of her first ever experiences with alcohol. But still, she could have done what any other sane person would have and... I don't know, not have decided to marry him. For his part, Levi is just an ass. They were not even dating then, yet he got her drunk (or so it seems from her story) and had sex with her. Conclusion: Levi sucks, and Bristol is an idiot.
Sources: theweek, vanityfair, thedailybeast
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