July 14th, 2010
07:25 AM ET
4 years ago

Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engaged

(CNN) – Bristol Palin and the father of her child, Levi Johnston, are engaged, the magazine Us Weekly reported Wednesday.






The couple told Us Weekly that former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin did not know about their plans until now.

"We got engaged two weeks ago," the magazine quotes 19-year-old Bristol Palin as saying. "It felt right, even though we don't have the approval of our parents."

Sarah Palin has not yet commented on the report.

"It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be. Hopefully she will jump on board," the magazine quotes Bristol Palin as saying.

The two reconciled three months ago during custody discussions about their 18- month-old son, Tripp.

Johnston, 20, told the magazine, "I really thought we were over. So when I went, I had no hope. I think we both just started talking - and then we took Tripp for a walk."

"They opened up to us about how they had the baby so young and it was really hard for them to work together to raise Tripp," Us Weekly Senior Editor Lindsey Powers told CNN's "American Morning" on Wednesday. "But as they got a little bit closer, Bristol moved out of her parents' home to a condo in Anchorage, they got accustomed to parenting and as they worked out a custody plan, they started spending a lot more time together then started realizing they wanted to reunite."

Powers said the engagement "would fit in with (Sarah Palin's) 'family values' platform. What better than to have your daughter reuniting with the father of the baby and reuniting the family?"

Johnston sent Bristol Palin a text that said, "I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again." and she was in shock, Powers told CNN.

"They realized that they're really in love and they're together. And she was thrilled when he popped the question with a one-carat diamond ring that you can see the photo of in the new issue," Powers said.

"They say they want it to be quick so, certainly, we'll see them walking down the aisle shortly."

Their teenage relationship fell under an intense public spotlight after Sen. John McCain picked Palin as his vice presidential running mate in August 2008. The couple broke off their engagement about two months after their son's birth in December 2008.

After the couple broke up, Johnston posed in Playgirl Magazine, and said on "The Tyra Banks Show" that they had been allowed to live together, a charge the Palin camp denied.

Johnston irked Sarah Palin last fall by claiming that she referred to her infant son Trig (who has Down syndrome) as "retarded." According to Us Weekly, she fired back, telling reporters that anyone who posed for Playgirl would "say and do anything for even more attention." Later, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she dubbed him "Ricky Hollywood" and called his "aspiring porn" career "heartbreaking."

During a nasty custody battle last year, Johnston asked that the case be conducted in public to protect him from Sarah Palin, whom he said was "powerful, politically ambitious and has a reputation for being extremely vindictive."

Bristol Palin said in the custody hearing that Johnston wanted a public case so he could "continue to make a spectacle of this custody dispute for his own self-promotion."

Bristol Palin noted in the court case that Johnston's mother, Sherry Johnston, pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge this year.

Bristol Palin asked that the paternal grandmother be barred from having any unsupervised visitation with Tripp. Her petition said she "may re-offend, keep medications around the house which could be accessible to the baby, have illegal drug users come to the house (or she could take the baby in her car during a drug sale)."

Johnston's response said his mother's "chronic pain condition is currently being managed in coordination with the Department of Corrections."

On July 7, Johnston publicly apologized to the Palin family in a statement to People Magazine, saying some of his comments about the family were not totally true.

"Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true," Johnston told People. "I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize."


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soundoff (287 Responses)
  1. Roscoe

    See what money can do......

    July 14, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  2. frank

    This guy is a joke in the making, that women made a fool out of him, wont last long, MAMA GRIZZ-LIES has plans for that fool, now that he lost all credibility he is game.

    July 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  3. Reed

    This is too pathetic too even contemplate.

    July 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  4. JohnVA

    It is certainly a better situation for all concerned if they are truly in love. Best of luck!

    July 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  5. Steve C

    Tell the Sarah to keep her nose out of you're life & business

    July 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. ernest charles

    what a mess! what does sarah palin say about this? this is so crazy.

    July 14, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  7. sara

    Well how about that!!

    July 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  8. mike

    WHO CARES i guess there next play on the public will be a reality
    cable show I wonder if they are going to use birth control or are they going to pump those puppies out and show all the young kids out there
    this is how you do it and if you lose your job our socialist government will give you money I love it only in america

    July 14, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  9. Judy

    This is not news CNN get a life and report news that people want to read. Is Sarah Palin paying your company to keep her going?:)

    July 14, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  10. Ken in NC

    WOW....... Bristol is scared of how how mom is going to react to the news. I don't blame her. Her mom is more concerned about her popularity than she is the family. My opinion is that she should be scared because her mom is an IDIOT and subject to do anything to prevent them from getting married. Sarah needs to resign herself to the fact that those two young people are adults now and need to make, live with and be responsible for their own decisions. She managed to resign herself from her job as the Gov. of Alaska so I am confident she can resign herself to accepting this couple. If this is the right thing for them, it will work out just fine and if not then it is hoped they will learn form it. at any rate, MOMMA Grizzley needs to keep out of it.

    July 14, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  11. Brian

    Aww, congratulations! You two make such beautiful children and intelligent life decisions!

    July 14, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  12. carol

    Who cares????

    July 14, 2010 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  13. jenifer

    who cares

    July 14, 2010 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  14. Daniel Gee

    Isn't it amazing what MONEY will buy!!!!!!

    July 14, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Nellie Bly, Minneapolis, MN

    Best of luck to them both. Especially Levi.

    July 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. markus

    oh no...sturm and drang are back together...

    July 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. AEK

    Now you're reporting on stories that appeared in Us Weekly? I guess anything is news for you guys as long as it has to do with Sarah Palin and her highly dysfunctional family. This one really is over the top though!

    July 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  18. Kara

    Kathy Griffin will be heartbroken!

    July 14, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  19. lbw

    Best Wishes. Maybe the best wish is that for the sake of your child everyone allows you time and space to make your relationship work.

    July 14, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. greg in jax

    Ok, she hasnt told her mom, Sarah Palin, but she is telling US Magazine.... whatever

    July 14, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Rosalyn

    Its all political because mommie dearest is going to run again. This is all so fake!

    July 14, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Louis

    Why is this news. Who really cares?

    July 14, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. Shawn

    It is embarrassing how choreographed this whole charade us. Levi apologizes. They announce the engagement happened a few weeks ago. "I wonder what the reaction of the parents will be." Who are they trying to fool. This is an exercise in getting one's political house in order before the mid terms and before a presidential run. Wonder what Levi is getting in the deal.

    July 14, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    He is an idiot. I would stay far away for those lunatics.

    July 14, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  25. Don

    well well, Guess the apple doesnt fall far from the Palin tree. stupid is as stupid does.

    July 14, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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