Bristol Palin Sells Baby Photos for $300,000

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Wow! Little Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, who's been with us in this crazy world for less than a month, is already a celebrity. In fact, he was a few days after his Grandma, former VP candidate Sarah Palin, made the news by announcing his mommy, Bristol, was pregnant with him. Now that the littlest Palin has finally been born, he's set to cash in on that notoriety.

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    "We both love each other," Levi Johnston, 18, told the AP in a rare interview about his relationship with 18-year-old Bristol Palin. "We both want to marry each other. And that's what we are going to do."

    Paul Sancya, AP

    "Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned," the Palins's statement said. "As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows that she has our unconditional love and support."

    Robyn Beck, AFP/Getty Images

    Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her husband Todd have five children. Track, 19, Bristol, 18, (with Levi Johnston), Willow, 14, Piper, 7, and Trig, 8 months. (not pictured).

    Fredy Perojo, AOL

    Chuck and Sally Heath, parents of Sarah Palin. Chuck Heath, 70, says gift boxes for his newest grandson are piling up in the governor's mail room from all over the world. There's no way the family will ever be able to answer every letter, he says, although they are trying.

    Charlie Neibergall, AP

    Sarah Palin initially hid her pregnancy with Trig from the public, causing rumors that Trig was her grandson via Bristol.

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    "Trig is beautiful and already adored by us," read a statement by the Palin when Trig was born on April 18. "We knew through early testing he would face special challenges, and we feel privileged that God would entrust us with this gift and allow us unspeakable joy as he entered our lives. We have faith that every baby is created for good purpose and has potential to make this world a better place. We are truly blessed."

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    Gov. Sarah Palin, her husband Todd, and daughters Bristol,16, right, and Piper, 5, at the end of a 2006 inauguration ceremony in Fairbanks. Palin, 42, is the first female and youngest governor of Alaska.

    Al Grillo, AP

    Then-Republican U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, her daughters, Piper, Willow, and husband Todd walk out onto the ice to drop the ceremonial first puck before a St. Louis Blues and Los Angeles Kings hockey game.

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    Levi Johnston called himself a "redneck' on his MySpace page.

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    Bristol Palin's new baby other grandma was in the news this year, as well. Sherry Johnston, Levi's mother, 42, pictured, was arrested on drug charges related to oxycontin in December.

    Al Grillo, AP



Tripp is reportedly earning his mamma Bristol $300,000 for first-look photos. The photos will appear in an upcoming issue of People Magazine. According to reports, the money went up once the other Grandma, Bristol's fiance Levi Johnston's mother, was arrested on drug-related charges. I can't vouch for the accuracy of that, but, hey, at least Tripp has some money for a college fund. Of course, his parents aren't even in college yet so maybe the money will go toward getting them an education? (At this point, Bristol is working on getting through high school and daddy Levi is set to be an electrician's apprentice.)

Apparently Sarah Palin had hoped her daughter would tie the knot with Johnston before the birth of their son, but sometimes timing isn't everything, is it? I'm not at all surprised that we're seeing photos of the baby or that they were sold for cash. Like so many other celebrity parents these days, Palin the elder used her kids to stay firmly planted in the spotlight. I'm happy for Bristol and Levi, and for Sarah to have a grandson, but I hope they're able to let him lead a somewhat normal life after all this. After all, he is just a little baby!

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