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. Greg

    Bristol has lost her mind, and really lowered her standards.

    July 14, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  2. raamtruck2500

    We been here before! Where's the friggin news here?? CNN get with it this is total drivel!

    July 14, 2010 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  3. jhl

    Somehow, these two deserve each other. Let's just hope that they melt into obscurity for their child's sake.

    July 14, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  4. Duck Fallas

    Great! Now conscript them both and send them off to fight for the country they love so dearly.

    July 14, 2010 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  5. TomInRochNY

    Just when I thought the world couldn't get any weirder.

    July 14, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  6. amy

    I feel since that they are 20 years old.. They really dont need the parents approval.. Good luck to them. I

    July 14, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  7. Linda from Minnesota

    I am not a Sarah Palin fan by any means, but leave these kids alone.

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

    Who cares??? That family is just a nuisance – Palin with her dull and dead eyes is a lost cause. They are a disgrace!

    July 14, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  9. streetsmart

    Looks like the acorn doesnt stroll to far past the tree. I smell a reality series in the works.

    July 14, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  10. Carljr

    After the apology it was pretty obvious this was coming. The ex-Governor is in the process of "dusting up" her problems and polishing her image. Levi was an extraordinary liability for 2012.

    Looks like through threats, checkbook or dumb luck that liability has been eliminated.

    The ex-Governor didn't know?

    ...and I've got some nice land below sea level in Florida for sale.

    July 14, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  11. laura

    when can we just forget that the Palin clan even exist? When will CNN decide that demagogues are not real news? I want to hear about the civil wars in africa, the Chinese market forces and What the former Soviet states are facing as Russia tries to re-expand it's field of influence. And what about the innovations in green energy being made in South America? Give me real news, not engagement announcements for people that don't matter! Ditch that onto the cutting room floor where it belongs.

    July 14, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  12. Realistic

    Wow. I hope Sarah Palin understands that this is not about her or her political ambition. I hope that she gets in her head that she is a mom first and a squawking buffoon second.

    Congrats to Bristol and Levi and i hope your marriage(when you do get married) is a happy one....

    July 14, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  13. Will Andrews

    Damn John McCain for ever unleashing this trailer trash family on America. The entire family (plus Johnston) had their 15 minutes of fame...It's over now. GO AWAY!

    July 14, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  14. John Durst

    He is not so dumb afterall for getting married is the easiest way to eliminate those huge child support bills. She wont be able to sue her husband for being a bum and he cna get spousal support from her family when she realizes he married her to avoid paying her more money!

    July 14, 2010 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  15. sherry

    Its all Sarahs plan so she can keep tabs on him and reel him in.....Now she doesnt have to worry about Levi spilling the beans on her.......

    July 14, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  16. Trish Jones

    They are young and stupid, what can you do?

    July 14, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  17. Donald

    Sarah, maybe u need to chill at home more and find out what ur kids up to. u selling ur soul to the devil at ur family expense.

    July 14, 2010 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  18. Paul

    You two are very young. You have been used by old people and the pressure was to high for you to handle. You have a beautiful child, work together, respect each other, take care of the child and help each other. Stay away from nonsense from political pundits. They don't see your love and your child. They only see their political calculation. I congratulate you and ask you to stay quiet and speak with the same voice.

    Chantilly, Virginia

    July 14, 2010 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  19. Go USA!

    Ah...the real reason he recanted! In order to see his kid or get married he had to recant the truth. He is probably after some of the new found weath of Sara "Lie to the Public" Palin...a woman who has no grasp of reality, no honor, and is using her followers to get rich quick...

    July 14, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  20. Jon

    And Sarah Palin thought she should have a leadership position in our nation's government........

    July 14, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  21. Bassman

    Gov. Palin told Oprah they would welcome Levi back. That is important to know because there will be alot of Sarah bashing in the comment section. Once again Sarah had the foresight to know Levi was being self-destructive,and that he would not continue. She knew in the end she could not burn any bridges with Mr. Johnston. She was tough on the boy. While at the same time leaving the door open to the prodical son.

    Gov. Palin has pitch perfect judgement. She does not run, she does not hide, and she always speaks to truth. As she has just done via Facebook concerning the recent NAACP announcement.

    July 14, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  22. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Will Sarah be the Bride"s Maid? HAHAHAHAHA!

    July 14, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  23. JOhn

    I wish these two nothing but the best.

    Bristol being scared and intimidated by Sarah probably played a large part in how they ended up with a baby in the first place. Sarah can't run a family without being hateful and devisive, no wonder she could not handle public office.

    July 14, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Pity the child of this union.

    July 14, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  25. Debby

    Whats the matter Levi running out of money and Sarah Palin is making it and getting more powerful. A baby should have a mother and father, but in Johnston's case I wouldn't want that scum around any kid.

    July 14, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
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