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. Hopeful American

    Who Cares? We have real problems in this country, like ending the oocupation of foreign countries, deporting illegals, etc... Come on CNN

    July 6, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  2. joe

    No worries....the Palin family is its own worst enemy.

    July 6, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  3. Tony

    About time, the Palin’s really did deserve an apology. They have become a family under attack by coward and the lamestream media.

    July 6, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  4. Kay

    I think the majority of the media need to apologize as well, as they spewed out any negative comment concerning the Palin family they could think of. The New York Times especially put three articles on the front page all about Bristol. Talk about attacking family members when the campaign was not about them. It was cruel and totally inappropriate and they knew it.

    July 6, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  5. scott

    Don't fret, every other word out of Palins Pie Hole is a lie, you're in good company.

    July 6, 2010 11:16 pm at 11:16 pm |
  6. MoeL

    WOW...wonder how much the Palins paid for that retraction.

    July 6, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  7. George

    I know he's not real bright, but I used to think he was pretty hot anyway. Now that I can see his a coward who gives in to that snotty witch, that doesn't even matter any more. Sorry, Levi. Now, you're just one of the GOP sheep.

    July 6, 2010 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
  8. elaine

    Thats great...now can Sarah apologize to the President and the american people for all the lies and half truths that she has been spreading around?

    July 6, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  9. keith

    dumb kid – if anyone is apologizing it should be Sarah herself. What a faker – she subjected her own kids and Levi to a media firestorm cause she thought she needed to do it, only to promote herself. Then she allowed their personal business to show up in the public domain, not to mention subject her kids to paparazzi....

    July 6, 2010 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  10. Peter E

    Still waiting for the media to aplogize to the public for endlessly shoving this non-news boring story in our face!

    July 6, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Why is this a 'political' ticker again?

    July 6, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  12. Peter

    He's a dummy. Now his 15 minute of fame is over, he engratiate himself to the Palins so that he can get some money. I'm not a big fan of the Palins but this guy acted very disgracefully. He thought he could become a celebrity by dragging the Palins' name in the mud.

    July 6, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  13. BJ

    He's lying.

    July 6, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  14. dem4life

    I can't stand Sarah Palin's politics, but he did need to apologize for slamming his sons family.

    July 6, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  15. BenH

    "A little angry"...??? The media also owes an apology. They jumped on and printed his every word as though he was credible.

    July 6, 2010 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  16. phillyflyer

    Yeah, when is the media going to apologize!?!?!?

    July 6, 2010 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  17. Gil

    I wouldn't apologize to that nut case family with the bimbo mother!

    July 6, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  18. Public Needs To Know

    It's always so nice to hear about them Palins. The little things like the birth of a unwed momma or when Sarah learned to spell really big words or when she attempted to fire the son in-law or how Sarah feels about shoes or how Sarah could manage more than the bridge to no where...... Yes the Sarah Palin family gets coverage on much to do about nothing.... Ooops sorry this just in .......Sarah Palin family just mowed their lawn and Fido just went number two on the lawn....

    July 6, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  19. snow

    And to think you little liberal girlie boys(small b in boy)bought the bunk by this little twerp. Shows, you are dumber than he is.

    July 6, 2010 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. g

    maybe queen sarah,s fortune has something to do with this

    July 6, 2010 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  21. MK

    "I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true" -- Such as???? I bet there was more truth than not.

    July 6, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. sickofthisbs

    How much is Sarah and Todd paying you?

    July 6, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  23. Colton

    So much for everyone believing Levi was the honest one...I bet the liberal media feels sheepish for coaxing him to trash the Palin family.

    July 6, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  24. pt

    Who cares?

    July 7, 2010 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  25. Happy Right Winger

    Levi is a beautiful weasel.

    July 7, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
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