Lately (as in recent years) there’s been a surge of pregnant teens and twenty-somethings running about in Hollywood. In December 2007, Britney Spears’ little sister Jamie Lynn Spears (of Zoey 101 fame) announced she was pregnant by her boyfriend Casey Aldridge in an interview with OK! magazine. Substantial controversy ensued not only because of Jamie’s role-model status, but because of the age difference between she and Casey, (Jamie was two years under the California age of consent) which could have resulted in Aldridge being charged with statutory rape. However, Jamie is from Kentwood, Louisana, nor did she live in California. Nevertheless, reps later confirmed Casey was just under two years Jamie’s senior. Casey and Jamie’s baby, Maddie Briann Aldridge, was born June 19, 2008. Her first baby pics were sold to OK! magazine for $1 million.
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol has been ridiculed as she is also a teen mother. Bristol had to endure criticizing under the glare of her mother’s Republican running for Vice President. To put up a good front for her mother amidst her campaign, the Palin camp announced Bristol would marry her baby’s father, Levi Johnston. The engagement fell through, and now Johnston is in a war of words with Sarah Palin. Levi is also making profits of his situation by participating in endorsement deals and is in talks to pose for Playgirl magazine… Ironically, Bristol is now an advocate of teen pregnancy prevention.
Picture credit: OK! Magazine