Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin is an American public speaker and reality television personality. She is the oldest daughter and second of five children of Todd and Sarah Palin. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Bristol Sheeran Marie Palin.
1. Palin competed in the fall 2010 season of “Dancing with the Stars” and reached the finals, finishing in third place.
2. In summer 2011, Palin released a memoir, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far.”
3. In summer 2012, she starred in the Lifetime show “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.”
4. Her most recent television series was as a member of the fall celebrity cast of “Dancing with the Stars’s” 15th season, where she was eliminated in the fourth week of competition.
5. Palin was born on October 18, 1990, in Wasilla, Alaska, to parents Todd and Sarah Palin.
6. She was named “Bristol” for the Bristol Inn where her mother Sarah was employed; Bristol, Connecticut, the headquarters city of ESPN, where her mother Sarah hoped to work as a sportscaster; and the Bristol Bay area of Alaska, where her father Todd grew up.
7. Palin was raised largely in Wasilla and attended Juneau-Douglas High School when her mother was governor of Alaska.
8. During 2008, she briefly lived in Anchorage with her aunt and uncle where she attended West Anchorage High School.
9. After returning to Wasilla, she attended and then graduated from Wasilla High School in May 2009.
10. Palin first became the subject of media attention when her pregnancy was announced during her mother’s unsuccessful run for Vice President.
11. At age 18 in May 2009, Palin appeared on the Today show and Good Morning America in recognition of the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. She called for all teens to abstain from sex.
12. Also in May 2009, Palin was named a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Ambassador for the Candie’s Foundation, a teen pregnancy prevention organization that is a division of the Candie’s clothing brand.
13. In April 2011 the media reported that Palin was paid more than $262,000 by Candie’s Foundation for her work in 2009.
14. This level of compensation, which constituted 12 percent of the foundation’s annual budget, was criticized by some commentators as excessive.
15. In a July 10, 2011, interview with Drew Pinsky, Palin said she doesn’t want to “be named as an abstinence preacher …. I’m not out there saying don’t have sex. I hate that kind of stuff. Birth control needs to be used effectively each and every single time if you’re gonna be having sex. … I’m not advocating [abstinence] for everyone else.”
16. On July 13, 2011, Palin had an interview with “Christianity Today” in which she reaffirmed her stance on abstinence.
17. In September 2009, Palin formed BSMP, a lobbying, public relations and political consulting services firm.
18. In May, 2010, the media reported that Palin had signed with the company Single Source Speakers, asking between $15,000 and $30,000 for each appearance.
19. In January 2011, Palin was invited to speak by Washington University in St. Louis as the Keynote Speaker for “Abstinence in College” at Sexual Responsibility Week.
20. Students protested both the high fee she was to be paid out of student-generated funds and her lack of expertise on abstinence in college. Her appearance was cancelled.
21. Palin appeared in an episode of the ABC Family network series, “The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” playing a friend of the fictional character Amy, a 15-year-old who is dealing with an unexpected pregnancy.
22. In November 2010, Bristol Palin made an appearance on the TLC travelogue-documentary “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” She helped the crew on a commercial halibut fishing boat.
23. Palin’s docu-series “Life’s A Tripp,” produced by Associated Television International, premiered on June 19, 2012, in the United States, on Lifetime TV.
24. In July 2018, Bristol was cast in “Teen Mom OG” after Farrah Abraham’s exit from the show. She also quit in April 2019.
25. In October 2010, while competing on “Dancing With the Stars” season 11, Palin appeared in a music video for an Alaskan symphony rock band, Static Cycle. The video was shot at the Ice Museum in Chena Hot Springs, Alaska.
26. In June 2011, Palin’s memoir, “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,” co-authored by Nancy French, was released. In the book, Palin candidly discusses aspects of her personal life, including tensions with the McCain family and losing her virginity.
27. In December 2010, Palin purchased a five-bedroom house in Maricopa, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, for $172,000 in cash, according to Pinal County property records.
28. On March 13, 2015, Palin announced she had become engaged to Dakota Meyer, a former Marine and Medal of Honor recipient.
29. In September 2011 she got into an argument in a bar with a man who criticized her mother; Palin accused him of being a homosexual.
30. In May 2012 she criticized Obama‘s decision to support gay marriage.