Bristol Palin: People will see the real me on 'Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp'
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/11/2012
Bristol Palin says viewers will see her true colors in her new reality show Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp, which will premiere June 19 on Lifetime and also star her three-year-old son Tripp.
"People are going to see the real Bristol in this show," Palin toldGood Morning America in an interview broadcast Monday morning. "[I'm] a grounded, normal mom."
While the former eleventh-season Dancing with the Stars participant said she had the full support of her mother and former Alaska governor and Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the show's filming, Palin made it clear she also aggressively backed her mom when necessary -- including one instance when she got into a heated argument with a man at a bar over a difference in political opinion.
"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," Palin told GMA.
"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, 'Okay, there's the real Bristol,' because I am calling my boyfriend, I'm calling my mom. 'Ah, get me out of here.'"
The 21-year-old reality TV star explained it was difficult having cameras around filming 24/7 although her son didn't seem to mind.
"I don't really think you get used to all of it but Tripp was used to it the whole time. He 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," Palin said, adding she was, however, prepared to face constant criticism from the public.
"I think I have tough skin and I know that God is on my side and my faith is everything to me... 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. 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."
Bristol Palin: Life's A Tripp, which Lifetime announced it had ordered in February and will document Palin's life as a young single mother living on her own as a member of a high-profile political family, is Palin's second docu-reality series deal.
Last year, Lifetime's BIO sister network announced it had picked up a reality show that would feature the young mom moving to Los Angeles with Tripp and living with brothers and Disney Channel stars Kyle Massey -- who also competed on Palin's season of Dancing with the Stars and finished as the runner-up -- and his brother Christopher Massey as she worked at a charity.
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