July 14th, 2010
07:25 AM ET
13 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. Todd

    Glad Levi came to his senses. It's time to grow up and be a father to your beautiful child,

    July 14, 2010 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  2. AmericanFlag

    This will not end well.

    July 14, 2010 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. Ellis Island

    Although I am tired of reading about these two, I hope their marriage is full of love and everlasting. Now, move on.

    July 14, 2010 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  4. Kyle, Indiana

    The Palin family is crazy. You betcha!!!

    July 14, 2010 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  5. Lacey and me

    I'm glad to see that the Palin family has done something of interest so CNN can write something about them. Too bad CNN can't find anything news worthy to report on. I should say news worthy and doesn't shed bad light on their fellow Dems. Why not do a feature on how Dodd and the "butt buddy" Frank wrecked the financial market?

    July 14, 2010 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  6. Mike in San Antonio

    Guess his 15 minutes is over and he has to go back where he can get some sugar.

    July 14, 2010 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  7. LOL

    I see yet another reality show in the making...

    July 14, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  8. larry

    Levi is a wuss

    July 14, 2010 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  9. mike tampa fl

    Now if they can just keep Mama Grizzlie out of their lives they will be fine.

    July 14, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  10. demogal

    Oh, good grief! WHO CARES? Can we please stop seeing this kind of drivel about the Palin's? They are all such yesterday's news.

    July 14, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  11. Go HOme Sarah

    That does it. The National Enquirer officially reports more real news items than CNN.

    July 14, 2010 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  12. Gil

    Why would Levi waste his time on this bimbo, racist family? It would appear that birds of feather flock together. At least Bristol won't be burdened with the Palin Pathetic name any longer!

    July 14, 2010 08:05 am at 8:05 am |
  13. Lobo

    This is on the political section? Bristol remember your abstinence vow!

    July 14, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  14. charles

    I wish them well!!!

    July 14, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  15. Ashaki

    Yippee. Is this political news?

    July 14, 2010 08:07 am at 8:07 am |
  16. Keith

    Wasn't it a few months ago that he was badmouthing the Palin's? Boy, these people are so screwed up. I think what we need to do is to buy a small island out in the middle of nowhere, and ship all of them there so we never have to hear from them again. Also, why is CNN covering this crap?

    July 14, 2010 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  17. Get A Grip

    Are you kidding me???!!! Hopefully, this is a joke and Bristol you really aren't that stupid to even be thinking of marrying this little creep.

    July 14, 2010 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  18. Ann

    Bristol Palin for President !!!

    July 14, 2010 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  19. slipthalo

    Well this will make Mommie Sarah Dearest really happy. Ought to be the object of many delightful family gatherings.

    July 14, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  20. Steve from FL

    I thought that Bristol was smarter than that! She seems like the only Palin with her head screwed on right....I guess I was wrong!

    July 14, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  21. Turtle52

    WOW!!!!!!! Some more useless news under the guise of
    "BREAKING NEWS"!!!!! I waited around for this "BREAKING NEWS"
    only to find out that it was more 'SARAH PALIN" BS!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  22. bob

    Now you can stop acting like you are some holier-than-thou single mother.

    July 14, 2010 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  23. guest

    Why do I get the feeling there was a shotgun involved?

    July 14, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  24. T'SAH from Virginia

    WOW – Did I predict this RIGHT in a previous blog!!

    It was very obvious that this was in the making when Levi "apologized" in public to SARAH!!!

    "Bristol loved LEVI and most likely demanded that she will continue to see him – not with an initial BLESSING from the PA'IN!! This – and ONLY this – forced that PUBLIC apology!!! We're not STUPID – well at least I'm not!!

    I blame Sarah for the 'entire' mess she brought these kids through by 'forcing' them in the public and 'exposing' their 'personal' lives to everyone... Now, I really hope they can move on and enjoy their lives without any interference!!!

    July 14, 2010 08:13 am at 8:13 am |
  25. Gina

    What the heck is she thinking?? Good Luck girl – hopefully it works out but your just going to get yoru heart broke – once a loser always a loser.

    July 14, 2010 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
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