As far as Alaskan politics is concerned, Sarah Palin is a name that can’t be forgotten in a hurry. The American political icon garnered fame through her stint as the ninth Governor of Alaska. That’s not all; she was also the Republican nominee for Vice President of the United States alongside Senator John McCain in the 2008 election. Although Sarah has become a well-known and influential figure in the American political landscape, she also made headlines in September 2019, when her husband Todd Palin filed for divorce.
The couple has been together for over 30 years during which they became parents to five children. Even though they have been together through thick and thin, their relationship hasn’t been a bird of roses either. Following the news of their divorce, fans were taken aback and are curious to find out what could have led to it. In the wake of the foregoing, we have gathered interesting facts you need to know about Sarah Palin and Todd Palin’s relationship, including how they met and what led to their divorce. Read on…
How Did Sarah Palin and Todd Palin Meet?
Although she is widely known as Sarah Palin, it was as Sarah Heath that the American political icon was born on the 11th day of February 1964. She is one of the four children born to her parents Sarah Heath and Charles Heath. Her mother worked as a school secretary while her dad was a science teacher and athletic coach. She graduated from Wasilla High School and also got a Communication degree from the University of Idaho.
Her husband Todd Palin, also born in 1964, was raised in Dillington, Alaska. He is the son of James Palin and Blanche Palin. Of Dutch and English ancestry, Todd also attended Wasilla High School, and afterward, he took some college courses but doesn’t have a degree. He established himself as a commercial fisherman, Snowmobile racer, and Oil field production worker.
While they were both attending Wasilla High School, Sarah was a popular figure at the time. She took part in various activities including basketball and was a member of the school band. She was crowned Miss Wasilla in 1984 and also finished third in the Miss Alaska Pageant later in the same year. However, it was during their days at Wasilla that Sarah Palin and Todd Palin began their love story.
Their Relationship, Marriage, and Children
Although some relationships have a magical and heart-warming story; nevertheless, Sarah and Todd Palin’s relationship is totally a whirlwind kind of romantic story. Soon after her graduation from college in 1987, Sarah Palin worked briefly as a sportscaster for different TV stations in Anchorage. However, the following year, she ran away with her high school sweetheart and from there, the duo started a family together.
While the details of their wedding, including when and where they got hitched are not public knowledge, we do know that the couple welcomed their first child, a son named Track Palin in 1989. Thereafter, their daughter, Bristol Sheeran Marie was born in 1990. They also had three more children, including Willow Bianca Faye who was born in 1994, Piper Grace Palin born in 2001, and Trig Paxson who came in 2008. Unfortunately, their last child, Trig was born with Down syndrome.
Additionally, it might interest you to know that the couple also has five grandchildren. They include Todd’s two children – Charlie Palin and Kyla Grace Palin and Bristol’s three children – Tripp, Sailor, and Atlee.
Why Are They Getting Divorce?
Although the couple has been together for over 30 years, their marriage hasn’t been a bird of roses. The amazing couple had endured a lot of tests leading up to September 2019, when Todd filed for divorce. As their fans are so eager to find out the reason why they are getting divorced, below are some facts you need to know.
During her time as the Alaskan Governor, Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd tried their best to keep their relationship sailing, amid rumors of a possible breakup. The rumors first started making the rounds in 2011, when Joe McGinniss released a book titled The Rogue: Searching for the Real Sarah Palin.
McGinniss, who was criticized for what he wrote in the book, happens to be their next-door neighbor at the time. The book revealed several details relating to Sarah’s infidelity and the following year, Shailey Tripp released a book Boys Will Be Boys which also detailed how she became sexually involved with Todd Palin. As a matter of fact, she said she eventually started working for him as a prostitute. In the wake of the moment, many people thought their marriage had reached a dead end, but the couple managed to find their way around it.
In the years that followed, the couple went through a lot including Todd’s Snowmobile crash that landed him in the ICU and the 2018 Alaska earthquake, among others. However, in 2019, Todd filed for divorce citing “incompatibility of temperament” as the reason for their divorce. He further requested that their debts and assets be shared equally. Meanwhile, the couple has a combined net worth of $12 million. More so, they will likely share custody of their son Trig.