Bristol Palin announces second pregnancy, schadenfreude-tinged pile-on begins
Bristol Palin is pregnant again, she wrote Thursday on her blog, noting that the announcement was coming “a lot sooner” than she had planned “due to the constant trolls who have nothing better to talk about!!!”
The tone from the reality-TV personality and “Dancing With the Stars” alum was far from the celebratory one heard in similar announcements by so many women in the media spotlight who find themselves unmarried and expecting.
“I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you,” wrote the 24-year-old, whose marriage to former Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer was called off without explanation a little more than a month ago.
“I do not want any lectures,” she said, “and I do not want any sympathy.”
Palin has taken heat about out-of-wedlock pregnancy since her first one went public during the Republican National Convention in 2008, while she was single and her mother had the VP spot on the presidential ticket.
Palin and Levi Johnston, the father of her 6½-year-old son, Tripp, were prominent as a couple on the RNC stage but never married, despite being engaged twice. Given her outspoken (and sometimes paid) stance on abstinence, Bristol Palin’s single motherhood has been vilified as the height of hypocrisy.
For the record
6:59 p.m., June 25: An earlier version of this post gave Tripp Palin’s age as 3 years old. Born in December 2008, he is 6½.
Gawker framed the anti-abortion advocate’s baby announcement Thursday as “a great argument for abortion,” while Radar Online, which said Palin’s announcement was prompted by its inquiries about preggers rumors out of Wasilla, branded her as “an unwed mother once more.” Many on Twitter were slamming her for getting pregnant while making a quarter-million dollars as an abstinence ambassador -- a job she had in 2009.
“Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one,” Palin wrote Thursday. “At the end of the day there’s nothing I can’t do with God by my side, and I know I am fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of me with dignity and grace.
“Life moves on no matter what. So no matter how you feel, you get up, get dressed, show up, and never give up.”
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