When you’ve suffered a major setback – particularly a major public setback – you have to stop for a second, take stock of the situation and decide where to go from there.
Bristol Palin is in that place right now. She was excited to be asked to return to Dancing With the Stars‘ All-Stars edition, and even credited the show with helping her get into great shape. But this week, she was sent packing much sooner than she expected to be – and worse, it happened after an embarrassing fight with dance partner Mark Ballas.
She later explained to the press, “I’m glad we got that fight out of the way and we’re moving on.” And of the early elimination, Bristol graciously said, “We made it to week four; I’m happy with that.”
Still, it’s a sobering time for the young mom, who has said that she uses her reality-show appearances to help provide for her son, Tripp. The DWTS ouster follows the disappointments of seeing her mother’s show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, canceled after just one season, and her own Lifetime series, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, sink in the ratings.
What’s next for her? Well, there’s one path she says she definitely won’t pursue.
Bristol and Mark recently appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where the talk-show host asked her if she would consider becoming the next Bachelorette.
She quickly said no way. “It would be too boring!” said Bristol, adding, “I just don’t think I am that kind of character” who would get flirty with a group of handsome single men in a hot tub.
That could be the smartest move she’s made in a while. As a single mom, the daughter of the former Alaska governor has to keep her son in mind with every decision she makes. And she has to think of every man she dates as a potential stepfather for Tripp.
Emily Maynard thought she could find both a husband for herself and a dad for her child through the magic of TV. All she got was a short time in the spotlight, a crushing rejection from Brad Womack, a few weeks of engaged bliss to Jef Holm and then another humiliating moment as she and Jef announced they had parted ways. Worse, she had already brought her fiance into her daughter’s life, and now Ricki has to cope with the sudden departure of the man who had promised to care for her forever.
Little Tripp had drama in his life before he was even born; Bristol’s teen pregnancy didn’t help her mom’s bid for the vice-presidency. Since then, he’s had to deal with his parents’ strained relationship, a move to L.A. and TV cameras in his home. That’s a lot for a kid who isn’t even in pre-K yet. He doesn’t need to have his next father figure chosen on the basis of how good the guy looks in a Speedo or whether he can produce a romantic poem over a staged candlelight dinner.
Maybe it’s time for Bristol to find a career that doesn’t involve spangled dresses or confessional cameras. Being a paralegal or an accountant might not be glamorous or lucrative, but it could save her a lot more drama.
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