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. ATL Guy

    If my child says my response would be scary and intimidating, I'll have to question my parenting skills. Sarah Palin is a shallow, narrow minded idiot. The only people who can't see it are her "followers". She can hide behind Twitter, Facebook and Fox News but at some point the groundhog has to come out.

    July 14, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Jeff

    Poor guy. Sooooooo naive.

    July 14, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  3. Bob Dog

    For all of us who thoroughly enjoy the horrifying spectacle which is the Palin family circus, this is great news, promising months and months of wonderful entertainment.

    Run, Sarah, run!!!

    July 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  4. New Age Independant

    I doubt the liberal hate machine will leave these kids alone. Best of luck to them. It's tough enough to make marriage work without the liberal intolerance and hate mongers.

    July 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  5. Irma in North Carolina

    Man I wonder what Sarah will say to this news. She should keep her nose out of it. We know what happened last time she stuck her nose in it. I hope the couple makes it for the sake of their son, he needs both parents. He doesn't need a grandmother like Sarah tho. Just goes to show you Sarah is busy running around spreading lies and hate, she doesn't have any glue as to what is going on at home.

    July 14, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    Probably a bad idea, Bristol.

    July 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  7. John Tyler Erie, Pa

    This could become a soap opera.

    July 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  8. lindita

    Finally he understand his position as a father. Good for him.

    July 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Name Witheld

    If this is true and they're engaged to be married, and then rush a wedding, then this marriage isn't going to last long. I can see that one coming a mile away.

    July 14, 2010 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  10. Independent

    Oh Oh, one of Mama Grizzley's has left the nest....

    It is so sad to think that she was scared to tell her Mother...

    July 14, 2010 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  11. Patricia

    Kathy Griffen won't like this new information. D-List.

    July 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  12. Corey

    Good for them (I hope).

    July 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  13. courtney

    hahaha!! this is all kinds of awesome.

    July 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  14. rgray222

    Who cares, why is this even a story! Lets see a story about Obama kids or Biden kid. Why do anyone think that Palin's daughter is a story!
    If children are no longer off limits then lets see stories about what Obama's children are up to on a day to day basis. Why are Obama's children in private school and why where vouchers eliminted in Was DC.

    July 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |

    Sarah commented that Levi would say anything just to get some public attention. She should be the last one to talk about gaining public attention!

    July 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. Laurie

    Shall we call her Mrs. Ricky Hollywood or Bristol Hollywood?

    July 14, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. MD

    Gives new meaning to mother-in-law jokes.

    July 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  18. Djinn

    Kids, take the baby and get as far from "momma grizzly" as possible.

    July 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. jim

    How long are we to be annoyed by this dysfunctional, obsessive, attention-craving tribe? ENOUGH ALREADY !!!!!!!!

    July 14, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  20. Anonymous

    I wish them well and hope that the media leaves them alone and allow them to make their mistakes in life, as we all have made mistakes. I wish everyone in the world could just admit that no one is perfect and everyone is allowed to make mistakes. People just enjoy tearing other people down.

    July 14, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. rdepontb

    No matter what anyone says, they make a very nice-looking, all-American family. Congratulations all around!

    July 14, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Mike

    There is NO WAY SP didn't know about this. This is obviously an orchestrated way to create a narrative for her to support her daughter and son in law in the name of "values." When Levi's "apology" to SP came out for his vague and unspecified "not quite true" comments came out, you could feel the PR people working over time. Now this.

    You watch. A scripted "happy ending" is on the way.

    July 14, 2010 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  23. Louisiana Man

    Lets see-

    The oil well cap delayed

    Six of our kids killed in that atrocious war

    Innocent children starving in Hatti , while food rots in warehouse

    BUT/// drum roll/// Bristol and Levi engage
    My, love MUST conquer all-

    GEE, slow news day

    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Uttam Saha

    CNN is out of news. Does this news matter to anyone care?

    They are milking and CNN is covering – great news covering.


    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  25. Dean

    Good for them, Of course I wouldn't want that wicked witch to be my mother in law.

    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
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