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. david john

    of course he said he lied....the money grubbing, publicity hungry, newly "well off" palin clan paid him to say so....anybody with a pulse could figure that out.

    July 7, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. I think

    that he is lying now, not then.

    July 7, 2010 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Wisconsinite - the GObP Loves Big Oil, But Hates Suffering Americans

    Just think . . . .if McCain had won and something had happend to him, this trashy bunch could have been our FIRST family! Just think of what a national embarrassment THAT would have been! Whew . . . we dodged a bullet on that one.

    July 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. Daniel

    Why do we give media space to such low class people?

    July 7, 2010 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  5. Angie in Denver

    I wish these folks would stop this media love affair. Who cares!

    July 7, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Actions speak louder than words, which explains why the things Levi said about the Palins are more than believable.

    At the same time, it's good he's fessing up to his lies.

    What a train wreck these people are!

    July 7, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  7. MiMi

    Good for you Levi. Takes a man to admit when he's wrong. It will go far to mend the relationship for all, which will benefit your son the most. Good job.

    July 7, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  8. John Wilson Racine, WI

    Now if we could only get Sarah to publicly apologize for all of her lies...

    July 7, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  9. John

    How much is Sarah paying him to say that he lied?

    July 7, 2010 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  10. T'SAH from Virginia

    Come on now – Apology for SOME of the things he said – which was a LIE???!!! What things???

    Bristol wants Levi back because she's most likely in love with him!!

    Levi wants Bristol and wants to be a part in his son's life!!

    They most likely both vowed to see each other no matter what Sarah says – or Todd for that matter!!!

    Sarah – "they only way you will see my daughter is if you APOLOGIZE!!!

    Apologize for WHAT? "Nothing – just apologize so I will look better – YOU will look better and my daughter will look better AND, we can all just GET ALONG"...... LOL

    July 7, 2010 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  11. Peace

    CNN, what is the importance of this boy? Why do you continue to tell us everything about Palin and family as if they are now sitting in the White House! Are you not aware that she lost the election and now she has neither the job nor the title?

    July 7, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. neonmadman

    Let's see, Levi & Bristol break up. Levi says Sarah Palin said she should just cash in on her new found fame among other accusations. Sarah quits Governors' job & cashes in. Levi recants after getting his share of Sarah's cash in. Hopefully this means Tripp cashes in by being allowed to be raised by both parents now. Everyone lives happily ever after.

    July 7, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  13. Denny, VA.

    I am now waiting for the apology from all the left-wing media outlets and left-wing late night so-called comedians that tore the Palins' up over this idiot's lying remarks. It will never happen, but at least we know the truth. You left-wingers have no idea how to run a government and will still pick on the Palins because your not bright enough to to figure out the more you criticize Sarah and her family the more it causes others to rally around her, thus, hopefully, finally getting the far left out of office this November. Now that will be something to celebrate!!

    July 7, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  14. Lyn

    Good job, well done. It is about time someone in the spotlight learned to apologize, looks like a very young man is going to set the standard.

    July 7, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  15. children will be children

    That is what happens when the media gets involved in children's foolishness. I knew that his allegations could not be totally true merely because they are children. I think Sarah Palin is a total moran, but that does not give the media the right to pounce on everything this child says. Levi needs to get back in school, get an education and take care of his baby. Bristol needs to do the same. This is a mess that needs to be hushed.

    July 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  16. NoWay

    Just another media spoiled brat

    July 7, 2010 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  17. Kate1230

    This is really sad. Bristol Palin has kept their son from seeing his father on a regular basis. She tried to keep Levi away from his family when they were dating, too. Now she has put Tripp out there as bait to rein in his father. What father wouldn't do whatever he had to in order to see his son? I firmly believe that Levi was telling the truth last year and the Palins' wanted to control him in order to keep him from writing a "tell all" book. What better way to do that than to have Bristol pretend to want him back in her life in order to control him? $arah Palin has played games with people's lives in the past and she continues to do so to this day. What Levi doesn't say is that Bristol still won't let him have anything to do with his family. He's not allowed to talk to his mother and sister. Yet the only thing they did was talk about how their computer was conveniently wiped clean when a member of the McCain campaign came to stay with them in order to "help them with the media". With help like that, you don't need enemies. Luckily for Levi, they will welcome him back with open arms when Bristol and family are finished using him again. This poor young man is learning life's lessons the hard way. $arah, you should be ashamed of yourself but I don't think you have the decency to realize that.

    July 7, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  18. Al in Florida

    Gee – a "high profile" (if you can call him that) GOP supporter admitting he lied about something. Big surprise there.

    July 7, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  19. hesashister

    The only reason he is apologizing now is because Sarah is getting her own reality tv show and he wants to be a part of it.

    July 7, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Sean

    Here Levi- let me help you out a little. I think what you're trying to say is "I've realized that my 15 minutes are over and that I love my son. Therefore, the only way I can stay in the spotlight and ever see my kid again is to kiss up to the Palins and pretend that the dirt I have on them was made up."

    There. Fixed it.

    July 7, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  21. Minnesotan

    Yawn. Nobody cares about yesterdays fish wrap stories, like Levi, Bristol or Sarah. They're about as relevant as a hardened lump of dog doo.

    July 7, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  22. Pat F

    Why is this little's creep's attempt to extend his 15 minutes of fame political news?

    July 7, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  23. Anonymous

    We, to include the media, all knew he was lying and that "fame" had gone to his head, but in spite of this, the media played it for all it was worth for the sensationalism and yellow journalism. Do you suppose the media will apologize to Ms Palin now as well...not. The media never apologizes for anything.

    July 7, 2010 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  24. nfl1

    They should reciprocate with an apology for thrusting you, and your young relationship and baby into the National spotlight. They were adults, and familiar with the public spectacle that a political campaign would mean – you were a teenager, and behaved as a teen in that situation (engagement, gone rocky, with many negative comments made about you by those in the family and media) would.

    July 7, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  25. Millie Bea

    Oh, so, let me get this straight- he's telling the truth now, right?

    July 7, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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