Bristol Palin (born Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin, 18.10.1990)
Bristol Palin is the daughter of Sarah Palin (the 11th Governor of Alaska) and her husband Todd. After becoming a single, teenage parent, Bristol has become a paid public speaker, advocating abstinence among unmarried teenagers in the USA.
Childhood & Life in the Public Eye: Bristol Palin was born and raised in Wasilla, in Alaska. In 2005, she attended Juneau-Douglas High School, then she lived with her aunt and uncle in Anchorage, attending West Anchorage High School, before eventually graduating from Wasilla High School in 2009.
During the 2008 US Presidential Campaign, Bristol Palin's mother, Sarah Palin, was selected as John McCain's vice-presidential running partner. At the time, they were aware of Bristol's pregnancy and McCain's advisers felt that it would become a political liability. The pregnancy was announced on 1st September, along with the statement that Bristol was engaged to the father of the child, Levi Johnston. Britney Spears' younger sister, Jamie Lynn Spears sent Bristol some baby clothes as gift. Spears herself was also a teen mother and the press made much of comparing the two cases. Despite suggestions that Johnston had been press-ganged into marrying Bristol, he claims that they had always planned on getting married; with or without the baby.
Levi and Bristol's baby, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, was born in December 2008. Their engagement was broken off in March 2009, amidst rumours that Bristol's decision to keep the baby were influenced by her mother's anti-abortion beliefs.
The couple entered court proceedings in November 2009, for custody and child support. Johnston requested open proceedings, stating that he did not feel protected against Sarah Palin's influence in a closed court. The court sided with Johnston.
For a brief spell, Bristol moved out of the family home and purchased a condo in Anchorage. Whilst living there, she worked in a dermatologist's office and attended business lessons at a local college. However, a few months later, she moved back into her parents' home.
Bristol and Levi were reunited in July 2010 an announced that they were again engaged to be married. However, they ended their engagement less than 3 weeks later.
Bristol Palin worked with the National campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy in 2009, to help educate young people about the consequences of teenage pregnancy. She was also made a Teen Abstinence Ambassador for the Candie's Foundation. However, before undertaking this work, she had previously stated that abstinence was 'not realistic at all', in an interview with Fox News. Palin now works regularly as a speaker on the issue of abstinence and charges between $15,000 and $30,000 for a single appearance. Palin also set up her own lobbying & political consultation firm in 2009, named BSMP.
In July 2010, Bristol Palin appeared as herself in The Secret Life of the American Teenager (which features the actress Molly Ringwald). Later that year, Bristol was selected to be one of the contestants on the popular US TV show, Dancing with the Stars. Her partner is the professional dancer Mark Ballas and other contestants include David Hasselhoff, Michael Bolton, Jennifer Grey and Brandy.
Bristol Palin is in a really good place right now.
Congratulations to Bristol Palin and her newly announced fiancé - Dakota Sgt. Dakota Meyer, a 26-year-old Kentucky-born U.S. Marine vet and war hero who received the Medal of Honor in 2009. The mother-of-one and daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin went public with the engagement news right after the event - and so did her husband-to-be.
Bristol Palin is soon to be a married woman.
"I'm definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with @bsmp2 #shesaidyes," Meyer said on Instagram, alongside a photo of the two.
Continue reading: Congratulations, Bristol Palin! Sarah Palin's Daughter Engaged
Sarah Palin's daughter, Bristol Palin, is engaged! The 24-year-old is engaged to U.S. marine veteran, Dakota Meyer.
Bristol Palin is engaged! The eldest daughter of Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and vice presidential candidate, is engaged to Dakota Meyer. 24-year-old Palin and her fiancé announced the news on Instagram on Saturday (14th March).
Bristol Palin is engaged!
For Halloween week Dancing With The Stars has the chance to go full on OTT and get away with it, however the actual result isn't as scary as you may have imagined, with the remaining contestants participating in a Country Week (still quite a scary thought though).
So the remaining stars - remember Pamela Anderson, Bristol Palin, Helio Castroneves and former boy-band-boys Drew Lachey and Joey Fatone have all been given the boot already - this week will be going head to head to see who has the best yee-haw and who can dance in a line with the best of them as the first round of dances will see the stars dance to a country hit, with backing provided by Little Big Town. LBT's appearance also marks the first musical guest of the season.
So what can we expect from the dancers? With the competition hotting up there's only so much the remaining pairs can give to mark themselves from the pack, now is the time to separate the men from the boys. Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan is atop the leaderboard going in to this week, and given her shock 2007 exit we might see her go all the way to the final this time round, but we can't rule out the rest of them just yet. Meanwhile fan favourites Emmitt Smith, Kristie Alley and the remaining Olympiads competing might have what it takes to go all the way, with Alley perhaps the most likely to fail should her batteries die out for good.
Continue reading: Dancing With The Stars: Sneak Peak At Week 6
After her elimination on last weeks episode, Bristol Palin is still at the centre of the attention for the show after it was revealed that a mysterious packed, described only as a kind of 'white powder' was delivered to the TV personality on the show.
A FBI sources confirmed with The Hollywood Reporter that it's agents have responded to the report of a suspicious package that has been sent to the CBS Studios set where 'Dancing With The Stars' is filmed. According to the federal report, a number have tests have been performed on the substance and indicated that the substance in question was innocuous, with further tests still underway to determine who sent the mystery package.<./p>
According to TMZ, the substance was not all that was delivered to the set, as an anonymous letter was also sent along with the package that demanded that Bristol be removed from the show. Whilst it is hardly likely this was the reason for her dismissal from the show, with her less than remarkable last performance being the more likely reason for her being booted from the show.
Continue reading: 'White Powder' Sent To DWTS For Bristol Palin
Palin jigged on stage in a fair approximation of her dancing prowess exhibited on DWTS alongside partner Mark Ballas, before planting her recently expelled kaboosh on the Jimmy Kimmel Live sofa. And it wasn’t long before the host addressed any possible causes of tension between the pair, by bringing his constant mockery of her mother to the table. “I appreciate you coming,” he said to Palin, “Because I’ve made one or two jokes about your mother over the years.” To this, Palin repsoded with “Yes! I’m here for my apology”. Well there was an apology, but Kimmel quickly arrested the faux sense of contrition by saying that he was in fact “not sorry” but offered up opportunity for Palin “to make 48,000 jokes” about his mum to even the field. Of course, Palin has no idea who his mother is, so it’s him that’s really winning.
Palin is finally out of the Dancing With The Stars competition after receiving constantly low scores throughout the show. Her luck ran out on the most recent addition, and now she can go back to getting in the way of her mother’s political campaigns. It can’t make them any worse, that’s for sure.
Is Sarah Palin getting jealous of her daughter’s time in the limelight? Or is she simply trying to capitalise on it for her own gain? Either way, Sarah Palin is writing a fitness book. Yes. A fitness book. Nothing to do with politics, which at least some would argue is her specialist subject. Not even some kind of scandalous exposé on her family life… something that people would be interested in reading. Nope. Palin has decided to let the world know exactly how she stays in shape, instead. As if anyone gives a hoot.
The 48 year-old political disaster, whose daughter Bristol Palin is currently starring in 'Dancing With the Stars', told People magazine that she – and her family – are writing a diet and fitness book, which she describes as “unique and motivating.” She told the magazine “Our family is writing a book on fitness and self-discipline focusing on where we get our energy and balance as we still eat our beloved homemade comfort foods!" Palin is clearly confident that she can convince her fellow country folk to adopt the healthy lifestyle that she leads, saying “We promise you what we do works and allows a fulfilling quality of life and sustenance anyone can enjoy.”
What she hasn’t promised, however, is whether or not anyone’s going to actually publish this book. And we’re not sure that recent photos of Palin looking gaunt, teetering in skinny jeans and a towering pair of wedges are going to help her towards a publishing deal.
Anderson Cooper is not convinced by Bristol Palin’s ‘meltdown’ on Dancing With the Stars. Bristol was shown having an argument with her dance partner Mark Ballas, accusing him of not wanting her as his dance partner for the show and for not showing up for rehearsals. Of course, the episode was filmed and shown to the public. Anderson and his co-host Deborah Norville simply weren’t convinced that the ‘meltdown’ (as it has been portrayed in the media) was anything more than a desperate appeal for sympathy from Palin.
“Anybody who's on a reality show now knows that to get attention you have to take it to another level,” said Cooper. “You need to have a wardrobe malfunction, you need to pass out, you need to throw up, you need to have a fight, you need to have a break down. You need a storyline.” It certainly looks as though that’s the angle that 21 year-old Palin is going for and frankly, who can blame her, because it seems to have worked. All of the DWTS headlines since Sunday’s show have been more concerned with Bristol and Mark’s relationship than any of the actual dancing that took place over the weekend.
Anderson and Deborah went on to mock Bristol’s frozen expression and apparent lack of genuine emotion during the awkward clip that they played of the pair having a disagreement. Cooper then slammed Palin, suggesting she should simply stop doing TV work: I'm thinking of starting a job fair for people… I think there's a whole bunch of people who just need to get jobs: Lindsay Lohan, Bristol Palin… I think they just need to get some jobs, stop being on TV.” Oops – looks like that sympathy appeal may be floundering, Bristol.
Have Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas really put their bust-up behind them? Or are the smiles all for show? Mark Ballas has been pretty chivalrous, as he spoke to the press about falling out with Bristol, behind the scenes at Dancing With The Stars. Palin has hardly been doing well on the show – she’s not exactly a popular character and she’s scored pretty low each week that the show has been on. “We love each other," Ballas explained to People Magazine. "Sometimes people piss each other off. We've swept it under the rug and carried on. We had a rough day out of many, many, many days that we've spent together." Pretty generous behavior, given that she accused him of being mentally and physically absent from some of their rehearsals together.
Palin also accused Mark Ballas of wishing that he had been dancing with his former partners, such as Sabrina Bryan or Shawn Johnson, though he insists that isn’t the case, stressing that whilst he will “continue to support them… Bristol is my number one and I'll always be here 100 percent.” The media, of course, will be looking for the smallest sign of ongoing drama, though Mark insists that the row is behind them. “We're fine," Ballas said backstage after the show. "We've danced together before. This isn't our first season together. The last season we did together, we didn't argue once – nothing, we were just chill. So the fact that we've made it through a season and a quarter and this is now our first fight is amazing.”
Is this just a front from Ballas and Palin though? Bristol herself hasn’t been quite as vocal on the matter – though she’s hardly renowned for being tactful when she’s faced with pressure, so maybe the show’s producers are trying to make sure that Mark does all the talking. It will be interesting to see how the pair get on for the remainder of the series… for however long they remain.
It was a bad week for Bristol Palin on Dancing With the Stars. The 21-year old posted the lowest scores of the night and had a bit of a tantrum. Mark Ballas, who was on the receiving end of Palin’s childish outburst, explained the situation to the press after the show, reports Entertainment Weekly.
“Here’s the thing with these packages they show before our dance … they’re a minute and a half,” Ballas explained. “We did just that. We’re fine. We’ve danced together before. This isn’t our first season together. The last season we did together, back in season 11, we didn’t argue once. Not even… nothing. Just chill. So the fact that we’ve made it through a season and a quarter and now it’s our first fight? It’s amazing because at some point you fight with your partner.” Palin had accused Ballas of “being bummed” that he isn’t dancing with former partners Shawn Johnson and Sabrina Bryan, and that he’s emotionally, and sometimes physically, absent during their rehearsal time, so it was mighty big of Mark to stand up for her like that.
“We’re like family,” Ballas continued. ”We love each other. Sometimes people p*** each other off. You guys know if you’re in a personal relationship, working relationship, things happen and we carried on.” Palin, slightly tenderly, admitted: “Mark is reassuring and we got through this week and I’m thankful for it. I’m thankful that we got that fight out of the way and we’re just moving along.”
The FBI and LAPD have been called in after Dancing With The Stars contestant Bristol Palin - the daughter of Sarah - received a 'suspicious package' at the CBS studio lot in West Hollywood last week. Law enforcement sources tell TMZ.com that both federal agencies are taking the threat 'very seriously."
A package containing a white powdery substance addressed to Bristol was opened at the studio, though it was the foreboding letter attached that has caused the most consternation amongst cast and crew. The note demanded that show producers remove Palin from the current series of the reality dancing show, or else. Initial tests revealed the white powder was not harmful, though investigators are understandably keen to trace the sender, especially considering this isn't the first that the Bristol has received this type of threat. Back in 2010, CBS received a suspicious letter containing a similar demand to remove the polarizing 21-year-old from their broadcasts.
The 15th season of Dancing with the Stars - dubbed the 'All Star' competition - brings together the most popular contestants from the franchise thus far. Palin is competing against the likes of Kirstie Alley, Emmitt Smith, Drew Lachey and Kelly Monaco.
Continue reading: Note Sent To 'Dancing With The Stars': Remove Bristol Palin, Or Else
Bristol Palin's appearance on Dancing With The Stars took on sinister undertones last week when a parcel was delivered to the daughter of Presidential candidate running mate Sarah Palin containing a mysterious substance and also a note. The note threatened that Palin should leave the show or else something untoward may happen and according to TMZ, it's a threat that's being taken seriously.
Both the FBI and the LAPD have launched an investigation into the package, which contains a white powdery substance. It was sent to CBS last Wednesday (October 3rd). Thankfully, initial tests have shown that it isn't a harmful substance, but nevertheless the appearance of such a package is odd given that a similar one was sent to CBS containing a threat about the celebrity.
This issue caps what's been a relatively negative experience for Palin on her second run with the reality contest. Teaming with Mark Ballas in 2010, the she managed to gain third place in the show. This time round however the pair have struggled and, as has been widely reported, their dance last week saw them earn a miserable 18 points. Somehow they managed to avoid the bottom two though and live to fight another day; it's understandable though that they might perhaps have more serious matters on their minds.
He didn’t seem too perturbed, though: “I’ll miss everybody out here,” Fatone said as the show ended. “I’m actually going to a wedding tomorrow, so I don’t give a damn! I’m going to have a good time...as long as I had fun, I don’t care what your votes say.” As the pair headed to the centre of the ballroom for a final dance, partner Kym put her arms around him and sobbed on his shoulder as he patted her back. The pair had managed a judges' score of 22.5 out of a possible 30 for their Chaplin-esque quickstep Monday night, and come results night, they were out of luck and off the show.
Going into Tuesday's results show, Bristol Palin was way at the bottom of the pack with a low score of 18, but somehow she managed to survive to dance another week, and she’ll have to up her game, as a daunting double elimination looms over the celebs and their partners. “It is what it is, I’m going to get 6’s no matter what,” she moaned backstage to Mark, clearly upset with her low scoring.
Dancing With The Stars Season 15 had its first ‘9’ score last night (October 1, 2012), courtesy of girl band singer Sabrina Bryan. Her routine, with Louis Van Amstel, had the judges in rapture, especially Carrie Ann Inaba who said she’d never seen such lines of Dancing With the Stars before, according to People magazine. Bruno Tonioli awarded Sabrina 8.5 and compared her to Ginger Rogers, at the height of her career: “a true dazzler.” Len Goodman was equally full of praise for The Cheetah Girls star, remarking on her upper body control and legwork: “the hits just keep on coming,” he said.
At the other end of the scale was Bristol Palin who went home with the lowest score of the evening – a paltry 18, which was less than last week’s score of 19.5. “You were not in hold enough,” Bruno told her, as her Western-inspired routine failed to impress. Palin explained that she had taken her dancing partner Mark Ballas to a shooting range to give him an insight into her world but that sadly hadn’t translated into chemistry on the dance floor.
It was the second episode of the show and tonight, someone will be going home, in the Dancing With The Stars results show. One dancer unlikely to exit tonight is Kirstie Alley, who proved to the judges that her age should not be an obstacle to her progressing n the competition. “Age is just a number and you just proved that to us,” said Carrie Ann, whilst Bruno told her “Experience counts, and you showed it. You blended beautifully.”
The fifteenth season of Dancing With The Stars will begin on Monday 24th 2012, the first series consisting of 'All Stars' - that is, they are contestants who have appeared on the show before.
Among some of the 13 stars set to return to the show include Bristol Palin, Drew Lachey, Joey Fatone and Kirstie Alley. As well as those returning to the dancefloor, season nine contestant Joanna Krupa will co-host the spin-off show After Party: Dancing With the Stars with Marc Istook, while season 11 runner-up Kyle Massey will give fans behind-the-scenes access on the show.
The premier show will feature even more stars than normal, with singers Pibull and Justin Bieber set to perform on the debut show. Bieber will be performing his latest single, 'As Long as You Love Me,' taken from his latest album, Believe. Meanwhile Pitbull will be performing his new single, 'Don't Stop the Party,' the first time it will be performed on primetime television. All 13 couples will hit the stage tonight, with the first performance set to be either the Cha Cha or the Foxtrot.