Entries in Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp (3)


Levi Johnston Considering Full Custody of Son

ABC/RICK ROWELL(LOS ANGELES) -- Dismayed by a reality-TV show featuring his ex-fiancee, Bristol Palin, and their son, Tripp, Levi Johnston plans to seek full custody of the boy.

In a statement to ABC News, Johnston wrote, “I want full or half custody of Tripp. His room is already set up in my house and just waiting for him.”

Palin, 21, and 3-year-old Tripp are featured on the Lifetime show, Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.  Johnston says the show is proof that his ex is a terrible parent and his son is “on a downward spiral,” the gossip website TMZ reported.

TMZ reported that Johnston, 22, is so “disgusted” by his son’s language and behavior that he obtained the required court papers to file the custody petition.

“I love my son more than anything … and I will do whatever it takes to make sure he is raised the right way,” Johnston reportedly told TMZ.

Johnston was Palin’s high school boyfriend. The pair have been engaged twice but are no longer a couple. Under the terms of their child-custody agreement, Palin has primary custody and Johnston may visit Tripp. The agreement prohibits either parent from publicly disparaging the other.

Palin is the daughter of former Alaska governor and one-time Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. The disclosure during her mother’s 2008 campaign that Bristol Palin, then 17, was pregnant created sweeping controversy.

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Bristol Palin Bar Heckler Sues Her

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Last September, Bristol Palin was heckled at a West Hollywood restaurant/bar by a man who called her mom, Sarah Palin, a "whore" and made a crude reference about her former relationship with the father of her child, Levi Johnston.  That heckler is now suing Palin. reports Stephen Hanks' lawsuit notes that Palin suggested he is a homosexual during their exchange, which occurred while she was shooting a segment for her new Lifetime series, Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp.  Hanks claims he's been featured in ads for the show despite the fact that he never signed a waiver.

Hanks also states that Palin falsely claimed to a magazine that the incident was the reason why she moved from Los Angeles back to her native Alaska.  He argues that Palin bought a home in Alaska two months before the incident.

Hanks is alleging defamation in his lawsuit and is seeking unspecified damages from Palin and Lifetime's parent company, A&E.

Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp premieres on Lifetime June 19.

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Bristol Palin Says Reality Show Will Present Her as a ‘Normal Mom’

Richard Knapp/Lifetime(NEW YORK) -- Bristol Palin is certainly no shrinking violet. She has appeared on the political stage next to her mother — former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, taken center stage on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and has captured people’s attention, making a few headlines of her own.

Now, with her 3-year-old son, Tripp, in tow, Palin will star in her own reality TV show.  Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp, will feature 10 half-hour episodes that will air on the Lifetime network starting June 19.

Palin, 21, sat down recently with ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts to talk about the show.

Asked what it was to have cameras watching her every move, every hour of every day, she replied:  “I don’t really think you get used to all of it, but Tripp was used to it the whole time. He’s didn’t care if the cameras were there or not. He’s still going to be rowdy, he’s still going to be a little terror, but it was fun. It was a lot of fun.”

Roberts also asked Palin how her mother felt about her doing the series.

“You know, she supports me and she knows that I have good judgment so she is definitely in support of it,” Palin replied.

And the young woman’s strong support of her mother is clearly demonstrated in the show, when she engages in a heated verbal exchange at a bull-riding bar with a man whose political views are different from those of her famous mother.

“I think if somebody is going to talk poorly about my mom, I am going to pick and choose my battles and a battle like that, I chose to confront him and see what the real problem was,” she said, “and I’m excited for viewers to see the real me in that, because I’m sitting there all tough and shaking and I’m acting tough and instantly when it’s over, it’s like, ‘OK, there’s the real Bristol,’ because I am calling my boyfriend, I’m calling my mom. ‘Ah, get me out of here,’ people are going to see the real Bristol in this show.”

She added that the real Bristol Palin is “a grounded, normal mom.”

Palin has faced criticism for appearing in the reality show, but says she’s prepared for the public’s disapproval.

“I think I have tough skin and I know that God is on my side and my faith is everything to me. It’s just the root of my life and my family’s life and I think it will do well,” she said. “And when people are talking poorly about me, I think it just gives me more motivation to want to do more and want to speak up even louder and they’re just not doing themselves well by doing that.”

She added: “I think the people who don’t like me, I’m not trying to change their opinion on it, but it’s going to be a good show.”

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