Bristol Palin, the teenage daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said having a child is not “glamorous,” and that telling young people to be abstinent is “not realistic at all.” Bristol sat down for an interview with Greta Van Susteren for her first interview since giving birth to her son. Read more from Bristol and see video of her interview below.
Bristol Palin and her boyfriend Levi Johnston welcomed a baby boy recently and Bristol talks with Greta Van Susteren about abstinence and being a teenage mother.
“It’s just, like, I’m not living for myself anymore. It’s, like, for another person, so it’s different,” Bristol Palin told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “And just you’re up all night. And it’s not glamorous at all,” she said. “Like, your whole priorities change after having a baby.”
Bristol, 18, gave birth to a baby boy in late December. Bristol says her mother helps her a lot with the baby. She is engaged to the father of her baby, Levi Johnston, who is now working for his father and trying to complete school. Bristol says she wishes she would have put off having a baby for 10 years.
Bristol says it was much “harder than labor” when she had to sit down with her parents and tell them she was pregnant.
“Well, we were sitting on the couch, my best friend and Levi, and we had my parents come and sit on the couch, too. And we had my sisters go upstairs,” Bristol said. “And we just sat them down, and I just — I couldn’t even say it. I was just sick to my stomach.
“And so finally, my best friend just, like, blurted it out. And it was just, like — I don’t even remember it because it was just, like, something I don’t want to remember.”
Todd and Sarah Palin were “scared just because I have to — I had to grow up a lot faster than they ever would have imagined,” Bristol said.
Her parents had her get a game plan together immediately.
Van Susteren asked Bristol if “contraception is an issue here.”
“Is that something that you were just lazy about or not interested, or do you have philosophical or religious opposition to it,” Van Susteren asked.
Bristol quickly answered that she didn’t want to get into specifics. The best option is abstinence, the teen said, but added that she didn’t think that was “realistic.”
When her mother, Sarah Palin, was running for vice president, she said the media was “evil.”
“They thought that, like, my mom was going to make me have the baby, and it was my choice to have the baby,” she said. “And it’s just — that kind of stuff just bothered me.”
Van Susteren asked, “But this is your issue? This is your decision?”
Bristol answered yes. “(It) doesn’t matter what my mom’s views are on it. It was my decision, and I wish people would realize that, too,” she said.
The interview with Susteren was Bristol’s idea saying she wanted to speak out and tell her story to help other young people think twice about having sex.
“I’d love to [be] an advocate to prevent teen pregnancy because it’s not, like, a situation that you would want to strive for, I guess,” Bristol said.
Gov. Palin made an unexpected appearance during the interview in Alaska, and Van Susteren asked her about her daughter’s pregnancy.
“Not the most ideal situation, certainly you make the most of it,” the governor said.
Bristol is a “strong and bold woman, and she is an amazing mom,” Palin said. “And this little baby is very lucky to have her as a mama. He’s going to be just fine.”
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