As Bristol Palin makes the media rounds in her campaign to be President of Teen Abstinence, she’s making some personal admissions that many find surprising. Namely: Despite the fact that her mother Sarah Palin has brought in millions since she left office last July, Bristol is supporting her 16 month old child Tripp by herself!
“[My parents] are there for support when I need it emotionally, but I’m on my own financially. I work an 8-to-5 job, five days a week,” Britsol tells People. ”My parents help out, but they’re not at my disposal. I think that’s a huge misconception.”
“I’m doing it by myself,” Bristol says. “I live by myself, I’m working to provide for [my son]. It is difficult. Financially, it’s very difficult. I’d say the majority of any paycheck I ever receive is going to Tripp. Child care is very expensive, formula is expensive, diapers are expensive – and you don’t think about that as a kid, at all.”
It should be noted that Bristol is likely a paid spokesperson for the Candies Foundation with whom she is working on the teen pregnancy campaign. Levi Johnston, Tripp’s father and noted Playgirl model, was also court ordered in February to pay up the 14 months of child support he had been delinquent on. At $1,700 a month, this was a retroactive lump sum of $19,232.
I am not trying to diminish Bristol and her financial support at all-My reason for listing these things is simply to point out all of the facts and let you know how someone her age is bringing in enough money.
Above and beyond just the dollar signs it takes to support a child, Bristol is also taking care of her son on her own, a rough job for someone who is 19. It’s difficult at twice that age!
“When I wake up from the few hours of sleep I do get, I’m getting him ready for the babysitter’s house, I’m off to work providing for him, working for him,” she says. “[Then] I’m coming home from work exhausted, I’m bathing him, feeding him dinner, playing with him, trying to get him to bed. It’s just repetitive work constantly.”
Bristol also plans on continuing her education. “I want to beat that statistic of teen moms not graduating from college.”
Giant pat on the back!