July 6th, 2010
08:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Levi Johnston apologizes to Palin family

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/07/06/art.levi.johnston.gi.jpg caption ="Levi Johnston apologized to the Palin family on Tuesday."](CNN) – Bristol Palin’s former fiance publicly apologized to her family Tuesday in a statement to PEOPLE magazine, saying that some of his comments about the Palin family made in the wake of the 2008 presidential campaign are not totally true.

Levi Johnston, the father of Bristol’s son, Tripp, was thrust into the spotlight when former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was chosen to be the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate.

But his relationship with the Palin family became strained after his engagement to Bristol ended, and he embarked on a series of high-profile media interviews in which he criticized the Palin family.

Now, Johnston appears to be trying to mend the relationship.

"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 CNN’s sister publication PEOPLE Magazine. "I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize."

During the GOP's 2008 national convention in Minneapolis, Palin revealed that Bristol, then 17 years old, was pregnant with Johnston's baby and the two had plans to marry.

Following the election, Johnston appeared in Playgirl Magazine, and said on “The Tyra Banks Show” that he and Bristol had been allowed to live together, a charge the Palin camp denied.

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soundoff (104 Responses)
  1. Big Al

    Wow. CNN had have gone about a week without reporting on what is arguably the dullest soap opera and silliest reality series that the US is inflicting on itself. Please, make it stop!

    July 6, 2010 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  2. carly

    I guess the same people who write S. Palin's articles in the Washington Post are now writing Levi's statements. Neither Palin nor Levi are capable of the writings we are being fed by the media. LOL

    July 6, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  3. Gpenn

    How much did that cost the Palin's?

    July 6, 2010 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  4. toodle

    It's wrong to lie, so tell Sarah to apologize for her lies as well.

    July 6, 2010 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  5. toughlove

    Sarah Palin haters are just bitter people That Want to keep women subservient to their causes...yes, even other women do This to her when she disagrees with them. Hateful sexists!

    July 6, 2010 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  6. Leon J. Swartzentruber

    Better late than never, or did he just realize his 15 minutes of fame is over.

    July 6, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  7. Tam

    He's still the smartest one of the whole bunch. And that's not saying much.

    July 6, 2010 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  8. idesign

    I guess when all the Manhattan photo shoots dried up and he realized that he was just a pawn in the MSM mission to ‘get’ Palin he knew what he had to do. At least he maned up to his errors

    July 6, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  9. IB

    May God have mercy on each one of us !

    July 6, 2010 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Wonder how much the RNC is paying the little twerp to recant!

    July 6, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  11. Mike S., New Orleahns

    Now that the Palin family is rolling in dough, instead of selling Wasilla Moose Turd keychains on Ebay, Levi decides to reunite. What a surprise.

    I'm sure Sarah will have his apology listed on Ebay with a reserve price of $4.00 before you know it.

    Meanwhile, Bristol is making ten grand a pop preaching abstinence to right wing whack jobs at state fairs, as per Mommy's orders.

    Why are any of these people in the news?

    July 6, 2010 10:32 pm at 10:32 pm |
  12. Did it all for the nookie

    LOL, sell out.

    July 6, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  13. Jim Bob Republican

    He said Palin was smart.

    Thanks for retracting that, Levi.

    July 6, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  14. b. o. stinks

    maybe now the left wing radicals will follow this young mans show of respect and remorse

    doubtful since they are so full of themselves

    July 6, 2010 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Josh in Sacramento

    If you ever want to have anything that resembles a fathership role to your child, you'll go make a public apology and tell everyone you lied.

    July 6, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  16. George

    I don't believe one word of that apology. I don't think I've ever seen a more transparently forced apology from anyone. I wonder how long that viper Sarah Palin browbeated him to get him to do that humilating about face. Shame on you, former half term governor, for such an obvious PR move and shame on you, Levi, for allowing her to do it. What kind of example are you setting for your child when you are so easily manipulated by this selfish prune?

    July 6, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  17. Terry - Indiana

    Why do we keep getting bombarded with gibberish about Sarah Palin and her dysfunctional family?

    July 6, 2010 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    The Palin lawsuits againt him made him crumble. The Palin's are the liars, doubtful it's Levi. Oh, by the way, for those of you idiots that think CNN is liberal, just look no further than the ticker to see how every story favors the Right.

    July 6, 2010 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. kevin

    no. one. cares. about Palin or Levi.

    Go away.

    July 6, 2010 10:55 pm at 10:55 pm |
  20. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    oh now that they're rich...........

    July 6, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  21. malabar

    Good for him. i wish Bristol and him all the best in raising their son as a couple or simply co-parenting the best they can. becoming a man, step in the right direction

    July 6, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. JD

    Young people make young mistakes and should be allowed to move on.

    July 6, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  23. ems mike

    Who cares? Why is this vapid woman and her family even in the news anymore?

    Aren't her 15 minutes up yet?

    July 6, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  24. arkebo

    I wonder how much he is getting paid ?????

    July 6, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  25. Ruth

    This bunch would be perfect on Jerry Springer.

    July 6, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
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