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. Confused

    Why is this newsworthy?

    July 14, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. Barry

    "The Real Housewives of Wasilla Alaska"

    July 14, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  3. sheikyerboutie

    How stupid can you be. They were blasting each other in public and now they are in love. What a joke

    July 14, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  4. Mike

    And Palin wants to be president??? I don't think so. She has no idea what goes on in her own family. Imagine her running the country with the same kind of cluelessness.

    July 14, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  5. Shaun

    Wow.... don't worry folks you can hear them tell all on the Jerry Springer Show next week.

    July 14, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  6. Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are engaged

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    this is the best yet

    definately true love

    my faith in the world has been resolved, the father of her child and herself have 'seen the light'

    July 14, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  7. Tommy Boy

    For the love of God, will this clan and their ongoing trailer trash saga EVER GO AWAY??????

    July 14, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. AngieS

    I hope it works out for these two. They were obviously in love before all of the political insanity and they deserve to be happy. How sad that Bristol was actually *afraid* to tell her mother that she wants to marry the father of her baby! That in and of itself tells us a lot about who and what Sarah Palin really is. Best of luck to this little family!

    July 14, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Why do we really care about any of these people? Their 15 minutes expired about 18 months ago! This guy spent the last year trashing her family, and now they are engaged? If this was a Lifetime movie, no one would ever believe it could happen. I guess the water does crazy things to folks up there.

    July 14, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. TangledThorns

    With Levi away from the slime of Hollywood corruption he is finally seeing the light of the Palin family. Good for him.

    July 14, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Wonderful. I wish them all the pain and suffering that comes along with marriage.

    July 14, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  12. So you still want to drill?

    When she loses the nomination they'll soon be divorced. What a joke!

    July 14, 2010 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. joss

    Levi does not know what to do with himself. He is not very intelligent. I think his sister and mom sent him to do the hate campaign that he was doing against the Palin's as early on, the mom and sister were the one's doing all of the talking. Levi probably sees Bristol doing good, has her own place, making money and he of course wants a piece of the pie – not to mention the child support he has to pay.

    I am not sure how she forgives him for all that he said about her family and how he kiss and told.

    July 14, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. william

    Almost as much of a non-story as Brad, Angelina and Jen.

    July 14, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  15. Steve in CT

    Levi made all the money he could by bashing the Palins, tried to make ammends to pave the way for this and expects his in-laws to forgive/forget. I bet the Palins forgive but don't forget. Consider this a test of how Sarah would handle international issues. I hope all works out for the sake of the baby. Perhaps it will with the couple more mature now and with less outside pressures.

    July 14, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. wecu

    If this makes her happy, good for her. Good luck.

    July 14, 2010 08:39 am at 8:39 am |
  17. Kelley

    Just a ruse to get a reality TV show (which they'll probably get before the day is out) and make millions off of American voyeurs. It'll end up just like the other goofballs with all the kids. Yuck!!

    July 14, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  18. Patsy, Texas

    "It is intimidating and SCARY just to think about what her reaction will

    Scary?? Intimidating?? To tell your mother, the great "grizzley mom",
    that you want to marry the father of your child?
    Looks like "grizzley" has just gone to "Mommy Dearest".
    Some will try to say "protective", but Bristol says "intimidating."
    My gut feelings about this woman have been vindicated, and she
    scares me too!!
    I wish this couple and their darling baby the very best!

    July 14, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  19. Elana

    how touching. you can smell the alterior motives a mile a away. i curse the day McCain unleashed this horror.

    July 14, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  20. Kudzu Smegma Palin

    Next on Jerry Springer......

    July 14, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  21. Carmine

    This will end badly, very badly. Bristol....really!!!

    July 14, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  22. elsie

    "Hopefully she will jump on board"?

    The woman who pushed them into a shotgun engagement to begin with?

    If she's against it now, that sets a new hypocrisy standard even for her.

    July 14, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  23. Russ in Benton AR

    Oh my! How sweet. this would be a marriage made in heaven.. Now that both are financially solvent. putting the uneducated ignorance aside.A handsome couple and a beautiful baby great fodder for a reality TV show.

    July 14, 2010 08:44 am at 8:44 am |
  24. ronnie

    what a joke!!!!!

    July 14, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  25. Peggy

    Wait.. did I go back in time?

    July 14, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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