July 7th, 2010
10:43 AM 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.


Filed under: Levi Johnston • Sarah Palin
soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Jane

    Thank you Levi for being a man.

    July 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  2. Jim in Raleigh

    Okay, so now check his bank account and see how much it cost to get him to change his story. Is he being bribed or blackmailed to make nice with Sarah's family? YOU BETCHA!

    July 7, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  3. James Taylor

    How much is he getting pay this time? This whole family doesnt have any family moral values. Is all about the god all mighty $$$$$.

    July 7, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  4. Sgt. USMC

    This is why sarah will never be taken seriously... a teenage boy lies and everyone believes it. When you live your life pointing out someone else's faults, anything anyone says about you will be true for as long as you continue to point fingers and judge people.

    July 7, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  5. KJ

    This is NOT POLITICAL NEWS! Why is this worthy of any notice?

    July 7, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. LOVESIRONY

    CNN news flash: Bristol Palin breaks wind while watching reruns of Leave it to Beaver.

    Really would you leave these people out of your News stories. You don't cover all of Jerry Springer's disfunctional families.

    July 7, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  7. BReal123

    You mean now that Sarah has paid him off with her newfound Tea Party money he was able to recant his prior statements.

    July 7, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  8. Coherent1

    There, he said it. Now Bristol can break-up with.....again.

    July 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  9. Frank simmons

    Yeah, Sarah has only made 12 million dollars since that time. Levi is smart, he can count.

    July 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  10. Brian B

    Fox Spews was going crazy over this.. Makes sense.. Poor, hurt Palins. Maybe someone will listen to them now.

    July 7, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  11. gt

    man up...that was the right thing to do..

    July 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  12. Big Ed

    Which is worse, a liar or a opportunistic weasel?

    July 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  13. Ellen

    The sad thing is that Levi Johnson's lies have perpetuated the abuse that the Palin family has suffered at the hands of the media. Now that the truth is out, I have no doubt that people are still going to continue the abuse. The Palin family are easy targets for the disgusting scavengers who love to tear them apart.

    It's evil the way so many have gleefully targeted this woman and her family, who are not so different from many other American families. What has she done that's so horrible? Because you don't believe her stance on issues? Should I levy similar public abuses toward Obama's family because I'm not a Democrat?

    July 7, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  14. ToldUSo

    And the darling, oh so reliable seekers of truth, liberal media ate it up! How funny!

    July 7, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Steve

    Who cares? Why is this news?

    July 7, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  16. thomas J

    This guy is an absolute OPPORTUNIST. Bet he think Palin is going to get a shot in 2012

    July 7, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  17. ToldUSo

    "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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    yep & it was repeated on all the MSM network. This is what happen when u r so consumed with hate for someone you will believe any sweet little lies about them.
    LOL!!! Don't worry MSM. Your credibility is still in tact!!!
    LMAO!!!

    July 7, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  18. johnnyhouse

    It would seem, if he bilked the media,which is no great feat, the media also owes an apology to the Palins.

    July 7, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  19. Ed

    Sounds like he was made for that family. They all deserve each other. Sad part is they will be in the news for the rest of our lives.

    July 7, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  20. Eric

    Wonder how much the Plain family paid him to make his public apoligy...

    July 7, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  21. Nurse Lisa

    so what exact things did he lie about? Sure the teaser made me click, but where is the meat of this story? Why should we now believe this is the whole truth? He's a liar, man!

    July 7, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  22. Mike from Seattle

    No real news here. Grifters will change colors faster than a chameleon.

    July 7, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  23. T

    Yea, Levi are your pockets growing?............The Devil Made Me Do It.!
    I smell a RAT...................

    July 7, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  24. riley

    it takes a big man to admit he lied. Kudos to him.

    July 7, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  25. oy vey az

    Not totally true ? Does that mean they were kinda true ?

    Sounds like Johnson is warming up for a run at some kind of political office.

    I hear that Emerald City needs someone to fill the "Great and Powerful Oz" position behind the curtain ...

    What did you say ? Sarah is already in line for that one ?

    July 7, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
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