Bristol Palin: I’m a “Grounded, Normal Mom”

Bristol Palin and son Tripp in West Hollywood, CA on Sept 21, 2011. RR/

Bristol Palin may have donned a gorilla suit on Dancing With the Stars and famously spoken out against President Obama's support of gay marriage, but when the 21-year-old's new Lifetime reality series premieres this summer, Palin insists viewers will see a more "normal" side of her.

"I think I have tough skin and I know that God is on my side and my faith is everything to me," the mom of Tripp, 3, told Good Morning America's Robin Roberts in an interview promoting the June 19 premiere of Bristol Palin: Life's a Tripp. "It's just the root of my life and my family's life and I think it will do well," she said.

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Sarah Palin's daughter — who welcomed Tripp in December 2008 with ex Levi Johnston — says she has turned her haters into her biggest motivators. "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."

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Declaring herself a "grounded, normal mom," the reality star says Alaska's former governor supports her decision to put her life — and Tripp's — in front of TV cameras. "She supports me and she knows that I have good judgment so she is definitely in support of it," Palin told Roberts.

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Little Tripp was also open to the idea of having cameras at home, says mom. "Tripp didn't care if the cameras were there or not," Palin told Roberts. "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."

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