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. Ed L

    AIRHEADS UNITE..... Who cares about these dopes? Or the stupid mother?

    July 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. republicans hate america

    what do 2 christian inbreeds getting married have anything to do with politics? oh thats right since the GOP have no ideas this is the only news that comes from them. since this is so true CNN will not post this.

    July 14, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. BestProfitCompany = WAR

    I dont blame him. If my girlfriend's mom was rich (millionare) I would marry her too!

    July 14, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Charles W. Skinner

    Remember that this is "US Weekly." It's a trashy tabloid that often plays up disagreements and makes up little quotes in order to better sell their rag due to the outrageous headlines. It's only one small notch above the National Enquirer for accuracy of its articles.

    I'm not sure that CNN commenting on the quotes to US Weekly is exactly news. Maybe if CNN had a direct reporter quote, it might be worthwhile, but without a person standing behind it, it smells like a planted controversy.

    July 14, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Jean - 62 - Atlanta

    Johnston would really be a fool not to get on this bailin palin gravy train asap.

    July 14, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  6. Jerry D

    Anybody else smell a "wag the dog" moment here? Sarah is gearing up to try to run for president and has to get the sheeple to forget all her previous mishaps to get as many votes as she can.

    July 14, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  7. d1120

    I guess this is the only way Levi could get back in the limelight, 'cuz his 15 minutes were up LOOONNNGGGG ago.

    July 14, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. Damiana

    "It felt right, even though we don't have the approval of our parents."

    LOL, not the first time she's said that, I betcha!

    July 14, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. jj

    Does this cr@p never end? Was the whole feud the product of Palin® PR? How about the apology and engagement? Is ANYTHING real here? Is it all just to get this ignorant cheerleader elected???
    (check her hand. Maybe she has the plan written on it)

    July 14, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Bad decision, Bristol, which I am sure your mother has already told you.

    July 14, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  11. Pamela

    For the child's sake it would be nice if this works out, not that I think either Bristol or Levi have the skills to raise a child, but I wonder if Vegas is taking odds yet on this making it to the wedding, or if it does, how long it will last.

    The kid is already going to be scared when in a few years he googles himself and sees what a pair of family of fools he was born into.

    July 14, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  12. jenifer

    what is he apologizing for? telling the truth. levi just wants to be back in the spot light again

    July 14, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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