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. Jack

    I can't blame Sarah Palin one bit. Levi Johnston has shown that he is untrustworthy and irresponsible. He's basically an idiot.

    July 14, 2010 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  2. GL

    And you think one mintue Sara Palin don't know this is a stunt that have Sara Palin written all over its. This woman want to be the President so bad she will invoke her mother if she could to do some type of Publicity stunt to get the attention she been getting every since she lost in 2008. The news media just print any things this lying family said and not evey try to see if any of their story are true.

    July 14, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. Thomas

    This is good news but frankly who cares. Bristol is not Sara. How about we let these two kids have their lives. They are going to have a hard enough time without the media hounding them.

    Wish em luck and leave em alone

    July 14, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  4. BeverlyNC

    Levi must be really desperate not to pay that child support. Anyone would be insane to get caught up in that dysfunctional Palin family.

    July 14, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  5. Kevin

    People want to follow this woman and she can't even earn the trust of her 19 year old daughter. People who hang on this womans every word have some serious issues. If you want to look at a quality parent and family no need to look any further than the White House.

    July 14, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Michael

    These two people deserve each other.

    July 14, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. bcnu_too

    Who cares? This is not political news and should not be on the political ticker. Bristol is probably pregnant again. We have had enough of the dysfunctional Palin family. Why don't you publish real news?

    July 14, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  8. bk

    As a parent you make decisions that are best for your family. As a parent Sarah has shown that she makes decisions that are best for HER. Its all about being in the spotlight and making money so whatever her family has suffered as a result is because of her choices.

    Let's hope that Bristol and Levi can be better parents. Let's hope they can put FAMILY FIRST!

    July 14, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  9. larry

    Why is this political news. This should be a story in the funny papers.

    July 14, 2010 09:00 am at 9:00 am |
  10. Mike in Red State Kansas

    Is there no end to this. The stupid looser's kids are going to tie the knot probalby make more money than most young families earn in 30 years by selling exclusive photo's of their wedding to People and the media and the gulible masses will lap it up like Pavlovs dog.

    Gees, all of this by being a stupid loser.

    July 14, 2010 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  11. Anonymous

    you know who really cares !!

    July 14, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  12. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    And this is important politically.... how?

    July 14, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. Dan

    Who cares?

    July 14, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  14. Armando

    Well Levi you found out what side your bread is buttered on since your modeling carrier didn't get off the ground.

    July 14, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  15. bill

    who cares what mama grizzly thinks.why dont media ignore pitiful thisexcuse for a human being.JUST GO AWAY SARAH.WHERE ARE THE INTERVIEWS.MEDIA HAVE GIVEN THIS MOOOSE A FREE RIDE.ITS SICKENING

    July 14, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  16. katiec

    Who cares, CNN??
    It must be your primary goal to have a Palin in the headlines everyday. Your love affair with them is getting old and we are tired of your constantly pushing them down our throats.
    Believe there are many more important items that you fail to headline.

    July 14, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  17. Lee

    Why is this in the political section?

    July 14, 2010 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  18. Yahbut

    I wish Bristol and Levi well, but, Bristol, be careful.

    July 14, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. dwight huth

    Uh Oh they made the whoopie out of wedlock and now are getting marriered after their child was born. Not to be the spoiler here but......could it be SATAN! Welcome to politics Bristol and Levi.

    July 14, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  20. GL

    It so funny this story is coming out after another news media broke the story that they seen Levi trunk in front of the Palin's home – now they are engaged and not having sex. Please give me a break. Any body with young adult kids know they are having sex I don't care how religion you kids may be – sex is a GIVEN! By the time 2012 get here these two will be on their second baby. The apple don’t fall far from the tree. Bristol is her mother child. She is playing single other for all it is worth and supposes to be the new face for SINGLE MOTHERS – GIVE ME A BREAK. This kid got it made in the shade and racking in the millions and she think she is the face for Single mothers – why because she is WHITE!

    July 14, 2010 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  21. ptarmigan

    like we really care what these two or their parents do. this is not news worthy of CNN...

    July 14, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  22. David

    CNN, how is this relevant to my life? Let's try reporting on news. Thank you.

    July 14, 2010 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  23. Susan in NC

    That family disgusts me! Enough already, CNN! How is this news for the Political Ticker?

    July 14, 2010 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  24. Tony

    Being married to yo baby's momma ain't such a bad thing. I hope it goes well for both of them.

    July 14, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  25. Hongli

    Why are these two idiots on CNN news board? Come on CNN, Get the real News and stop covering Trash cans.

    July 14, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
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