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Bristol Palin says her acting debut on last night's episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager was probably her last venture into that career field.

But don't expect her to line up any more acting gigs in the future.

Asked if she wants to pursue an entertainment career after her debut effort, she says, "Not acting. I like doing speaking engagements and stuff like that."

"Right now I'm just focused on raising Tripp," Bristol Palin adds.

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The 19-year-old mother of 1 1/2-year-old son Tripp, whose father Levi Johnston, says she was happy to film the episode of The Secret Life just the same.

She appears as a friend of Amy (Shailene Woodley) at a music program for teen moms in NYC: "I didn’t have many lines or anything like that," says Palin.

"I just hope that this show opens up a dialogue between parents and teens - and teens amongst themselves - about the consequences of teen pregnancy."

Is she discouraging or promoting teen pregnancy?

 

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Bristol Palin is no stranger to the spotlight - her mom, Sarah, ran for Vice President of the U.S., and Bristol herself became a celebrity for having a child out of wedlock.

While the 19-year-old is in Alaska raising Tripp, she still makes news often, be it for her relationship with Levi Johnston, her TV debut or random magazine interviews.

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Speaking of which, regarding rumors that she and Levi are back together after a year at each other's throats, Bristol wouldn't really go into it with In Touch Weekly.

“There are a lot of rumors about everyone and everyone’s business,” she said. "We are working together and whatever is best for Tripp is what we are going to do.”

She is thrilled, however, to call attention to her guest-starring gig on her favorite TV show The Secret Life Of The American Teenager, a show about teen pregnancy.

In the episode, airing Monday, Bristol Palin plays herself and befriends Amy (Shailene Woodley), whom she meets at a music program for teen mothers.

“There was no hesitation on my part at all,” she tells In Touch. “It’s a family-based show, right up my alley. Teen pregnancy is something I can relate to."

"It was a good fit. Going through the teen pregnancy at the same time Amy was going through hers was extremely relatable. I had felt the same things.”

Bristol Palin adds that she's not hoping to become a movie star.

“I have never done anything like this,” she smiles, “and I don’t think I will ever do any sort of acting again. I’ll leave it to the experts. But I had a great time.”

She's also ready for her detractors: “I don’t really pay attention to the negative stuff written about me I don’t know why they would say anything negative."

"Just because we are dealing with the teen pregnancy issue and sex and relationships? It’s not like I am acting as a prostitute or something.”

No, but whether she educates and discourages or merely promotes and glorifies teen pregnancy while enhancing her own celebrity status is debatable.

Is she discouraging or promoting teen pregnancy?

 

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager is set to welcome an American teenager whose personal life has been anything but secret for the past two years.

Bristol Palin, 19, will appear as herself in the July 5 episode.

The series, now in its third season, focuses on families, friends and how they deal with the unexpected pregnancy, and subsequent motherhood, of a teen.

Main character Amy Juergens, played by Shailene Woodley, will befriend Bristol Palin at a program for teen mothers, at which point Bristol delivers her line:

"We're all teen moms and musicians. The program – it's for teen moms."

Nice. Here's a photo of The Secret Life of the American Teenager moms ...

Bristol Palin and Shailene Woodley on set.

Having just gotten back together with baby daddy Levi Johnston, according to reports, things are going well for Bristol, mother of 18-month-old Tripp.

As well as they can be expected to, at least. The daughter of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin takes care of herself and Tripp by working multiple jobs.

Aside from the controversy of Mercede Johnston's blog, life is really on the upswing these days, and we look forward to seeing Bristol's TV debut.

Follow the jump for a clip of her on the show ...

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Not even 72 hours after reports surfaced about Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston getting back together, his sister Mercede has debuted her official site.

It could draw the wrath of Sarah Palin and brood, too - Mercede Johnston's new blog pledges to "answer all questions related to the Palin family."

One of her claims? Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston planned to conceive Tripp, the 18-month-old son they've spent much of the last year fighting over.

It was widely assumed this was an accident, but "During that time period, she and Levi were sexually active and trying to conceive," Mercede writes.

"As hard as it is for many of you to believe, they were indeed TRYING. Also there were rumors circulating around that she was already pregnant."

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Levi and Mercede Johnston in simpler times.

We're not sure what she means by that exactly, but a source close to both Bristol and Levi says that Mercede's shocking claims are totally false.

The source also claimed that Mercede's blog is being backed by well-known Sarah Palin hater, Jesse Griffin of "The Immoral Minority" blog fame.

"Mercede was put up by Jesse Griffin to do this blog," the insider said. "He is a Palin hater and is most likely behind all of these comments."

"Levi would never comment on something like this and neither would Bristol. Mercede's claims have been contradicted by [Levi's] statements."

After an acrimonious and very public break-up, Bristol and Levi have mended their turbulent, icy relationship and recently got back together.

We'll see if that lasts after Mercede apparently decided to turn on them both for reasons unknown. What the heck is wrong with these people?!

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Fake engagements, court battles, baby mama drama and sabotaging a former V.P. candidate in the press. That was the life of Levi Johnston for the past year.

Despite all of that, he and Bristol Palin just got back together!

The parents of 18-month-old Tripp are making it work after all, despite breaking off their engagement in March 2009 and a prolonged period of icy relations.

Things have thawed considerably between the young parents in recent months, and "Bristol and Levi are still very close," a source close to Bristol tells Us.

The eldest daughter to former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin is "on her own in Anchorage" and she and Levi "spend more time together than most people think."

The expectant parents before the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Asked for comment, Bristol Palin would say only that "Levi and me are co-parents of Tripp and we are actively working on being good parents together."

Levi added: "Nothing is more important than Tripp. We are taking active steps to cooperatively raise him, sharing the joys and challenges of parenthood."

Earlier this year, Bristol said Levi was "a stranger to me," while Johnston told Entertainment Tonight that the Palins were basically trying to cut him out.

Things have changed since then, the Bristol source says, noting that "Bristol is a great mom and cares for Tripp; [she] and Levi are raising him together."

We couldn't be happier. Hope she makes good at that new abstinence pledge, though - we know she can get pregnant, but give it a few years at least.

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There is nothing really controversial about Harper's Bazaar's new feature on Bristol Palin, but she does address sensitive, obvious issues such as teen pregnancy.

She admits "it was kind of humiliating" to get pregnant as a teen. "[I was thinking], 'Great, I'm 17 years old, I'm 40 pounds overweight with a big belly on me.'"

"All my friends are at school watching on the news. This kind of sucks. I thought I would be somewhere warm at college with my friends," the 19-year-old adds.

"But that was definitely not possible with having Tripp"

Bristol Palin, who is raising now 17-month-old Tripp as a single mom after ending her fake engagement from Levi Johnston, says life is not what she envisioned.

But that's also okay. Look what she got in return ...

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Bristol Palin and Tripp Johnston looking adorable.

"I love my baby more than anything. He's like a Gerber baby. He's the cutest baby in the whole world," she says. "I just want Tripp to be happy and healthy."

Bristol works as a medical assistant and serves as an ambassador to the Candie's Foundation - as an abstinence advocate, no less - to support her little son:

"I'm on my own. I'm really proud of it. I'm a hard worker. I don't have time for friends or anything. It's just like, crap, there is a hockey game tonight that I want to go to but I can't. Or, I do have to go to work today, because I've got bills to pay."

Sarah Palin says she's "very proud of her [daughter] for taking responsibility. It's not an easy road, but it's the right road. Decisions were made, and we can't unwind those decisions. Consequences are being dealt with. I'm sincerely proud of her."

Bristol says her parents had no idea she was sexually active with Levi Johnston, who says Sarah let them share a bedroom when he lived with the family.

"It's not like we sat down and were like, 'Alright, here's the birds and the bees,'" Bristol says. "Truly, my parents just assumed that I wasn't doing anything."

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Bristol Palin recently said life is really hard as a single, working mom.

Such is life. But it's about to become more lucrative for her, at least.

The 19-year-old daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is set to join the speaker circuit and make between $15,000-30,000 per speech, reports say.

Amazingly, this implies there are people willing to pay that amount.

"Her teen pregnancy and the birth of her son Tripp resulted in millions of Americans discussing the issue of teen pregnancy," reads her Single Source Speakers bio.

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Oh, to be a struggling new mother ... giving your infant son a bath and collecting five-figure checks from In Touch Weekly and the like on a semi-regular basis.

"Bristol Palin has since gone on to become a Teen Ambassador for the Candie's Foundation, and speaks about pregnancy prevention, abstinence, faith and life."

In addition to posing for magazines, Levi Johnston's baby mama has become an hypocritical advocate for abstinence since welcoming Tripp 16 months ago.

In a People cover story a year ago, Palin warned teens about how hard it is to be a teen mom. "Girls need to imagine and picture their life with a screaming newborn baby and then think before they have sex ... Think about the consequences."

She said the same in her teen pregnancy PSA for Candie's.

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"All the women who are independent / Throw your hands up at me / All the honeys who're makin' money / Throw your hands up at me." - Destiny's Child

Think teen baby mama Bristol Palin has it easy as the daughter of a famous politician and the ex-fake fiancee of a successful nude Playgirl model? Not so.

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"[My parents] are there for support when I need it emotionally, but I'm on my own financially. I work an 8-to-5 job, five days a week," Palin told People.

"My parents help, but they're not at my disposal. That's a huge misconception."

So true. Poor Bristol Palin is like all other single mothers, getting herself up for tabloid cover shoots and Secret Life of the American Teenager cameos.

Bristol's mother, Sarah Palin, has earned millions since leaving office last July. But not a lot of that money is apparently going to buy diapers for Tripp.

"I'm doing it by myself," Bristol says. "I live by myself."

"I'm working to provide for [my son]. Financially, it's very difficult. I'd say the majority of any check I ever receive is going to Tripp. Child care is very expensive, formula is expensive, diapers are expensive – you don't think about that as a kid, at all."

You don't think about that when you're having unprotected sex with Levi Johnston apparently, either. Just saying ... does she really want credit for dealing with the consequences of her own actions and not being spoiled by her rich mom?

You have kids, your life becomes all about them - wow, stop the presses!

At least she and Levi are getting along better lately.

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We know it's what you're supposed to do, and you really shouldn't give a man credit for it, but we're talking about Levi Johnston, so standards are low.

For the first time, Levi has made on-time child support payments to his baby mama Bristol Palin ... for two consecutive months. Downright respectable!

Even more shocking? Both sides finally getting along.

Ever since Levi paid his $21,000 debt to Bristol earlier this year, lawyers for both confirm he followed up with $1,750 in support for both March and April.

Moreover, sources connected to both Levi and Bristol Palin, who have long been at odds, say the two young Alaskans are being civil towards one another.

Actually supporting your kid will do that!

Levi during his fake engagement to Bristol at the 2008 RNC.

The daughter of Sarah Palin, Bristol has primary custody of 1-year-old Tripp, but is even allowing Levi to spend time with their son "whenever Levi wants."

Levi has been taking her up on the offer, too.

Next up? Bristol and Levi are planning to sit down for private mediation to work out the rest of the kinks in their custody battle, mainly money issues and visitation schedules, before they're due back in court to settle things come September.

We're happy for them, and for Tripp. But a little sad for us, because they're threatening to become downright normal, civil and cordial exes at this rate.

We'd miss the old Levi Johnston.

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Bristol Palin said she received countless phone calls and texts when her number was posted online after her mom's e-mail was hacked back two years ago.

Palin testified Wednesday that she was 17 and pregnant in 2008 when her Sarah Palin's Yahoo! account was invaded by a Tennessee college student.

Now 19, Bristol Palin said the worst harassment occurred when a bunch of boys called her up, claiming they were outside her door and wanted in.

No word if baby daddy Levi Johnston was one of rowdy gang of hooligans or if anyone inquired about whether or not her refrigerator was running.

"We live in the middle of nowhere in Alaska ... in the middle of the woods," Palin said, noting that private photos of her family were posted online.

Bristol Palin can thank this doofus for the phone and text harassment.

"I saw a screen shot on the TV ... I think it was Fox News," she said, coincidentally plugging the station for which Sarah is a paid political analyst.

David Kernell, 22, has been charged with identity theft, wire fraud, accessing Palin's e-mail account without authorization and obstructing an FBI investigation.

If convicted, he could be sent to prison for up to 50 years.

The former University of Tennessee student has not been accused of the harassing calls, e-mails and text messages that Bristol Palin described to the jury.

Kernell's attorney claims the e-mail intrusion was just a prank and has attempted to show the account was accessible to others. But he still did it, right?

Sarah's hacked account was set up just after she was picked to be the Vice Presidential running mate of Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

Continue reading about the trail in the New York Daily News ...

Bristol Palin Biography

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Teenagers need to prevent pregnancy to begin with -- this isn't ideal. But I'm fortunate to have a supportive family, which is dealing with this together.

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Tripp is so perfectly precious; we love him with all our hearts. I can't imagine life without him now.

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