Bristol dating her dance partner
, in a fur stole and with a champagne flute dangling from one hand, she was a vision.
As she floated across the stage to the opening strains of “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend,” the whole performance may as well have been a big, bedazzled middle finger to her ex-husband Donald Trump—an exhibition of her undiminished charm. Onstage, lounging on the judges’ table as tuxedoed men presented jewelry to her like an altar offering, she was ethereal, above the fray, in control. Since her marriage ended in 1999, she had been quietly raising her daughter, Tiffany Trump, in California, largely avoiding the public eye.
Bristol is the eldest daughter, and second of four children, of Todd and Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee.
Bristol's father Todd worked for BP as an oil field production operator, and is currently a commercial fisherman and champion snowmobile racer.
When reached out to her last year, she was 52 and her daughter was about to graduate from college.
And while Ed Balls insists there is ‘no element’ of the Strictly curse affecting his marriage, he has spoken of the ‘deep’ and ‘emotional’ bond he shares with dance partner Katya Jones, describing their relationship as ‘intense’.
Miss Palin said she intended to dance in a style that “didn’t embarrass her mom”, a former vice-presidential candidate.
The teenager became a public figure during the 2008 US presidential campaign when it emerged that she was pregnant.
Multiple reality shows had courted her over the years, and she never accepted.
“I felt like people had seen enough of my personal life, living in the spotlight like Donald and I were during our marriage, and [I never even got] paid for it,” Maples told me.