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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  1. Jim

    CNN why is this big news? Who really cares about these two bozo's. In a year the'll be divorced! Neither of them have a pot to piss in nor a window to throw it out of. What are they going to do sponge off the Palin's? Report on something of substance. America has had enough of the Palin's dirty laundry. Thanks again John 'Senile' McCain. How's those Depends working out for you John?

    July 14, 2010 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  2. MsDp

    Things are always better and lovely WITHOUT that divisive MOMMIE of hers, LOL!!! Congrat's to Kristol and Levi. Love is real and I hope the two of you have a wonderul life raising YOUR child. Just be sure you keep YO GRIZZLY MAMA out of it!!!

    July 14, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Nobody cares. This "news" is as pertinent as a week old fish wrapped in newspaper... or Sarah Palin... both of which exude the same 'aura.'

    July 14, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  4. MK

    Here's a divorce in the making...

    July 14, 2010 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  5. dave

    seriously funny.... wow.... the irorny. LOL!

    July 14, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  6. ruty

    I hope it works. This baby needs both parents. Good luck Bristol and Levi.

    July 14, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  7. Bob in PA

    The media just needs to butt out of their relationship once and for all.

    July 14, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. Susan

    I hate Palins but I am happy for this news.
    A baby needs both father and mother.
    My only request to Bristol/Levi: Don't breed now. wait for a few more years,

    July 14, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Tee

    That's pretty typical of white trash people. The constant drama, breaking up, getting back together, dating each others' ex's. I'm just waiting for them to bust out a barbecue with bonfire, fireworks, and ATV's to complete the picture.

    But that Levi Johnston dude is a greasy, creepy dude anyway. He's just riding a gravy train. Hope that girl wakes up before they're married. But the Palin woman is at least smart enough to have a waterproof prenup for him, which he won't sign, so maybe there's still hope. If he really cared about his child, we'd see WAY less of his name in the paper.

    July 14, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Michael

    yep, Sarah got lot of things not under control.

    Now we know why Levi changed some of his statements.

    They belong on Jerry Springer.

    July 14, 2010 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  11. lb

    Their whole break-up was probably a money making scheme thought up by Moma-Painlin......they sure did make the bucks with all of their publicity stops....

    July 14, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. New Yorker

    The Palin's used to be PWT, now they are RWT—but they are still TRASH either way you look at it. They just added another piece of trash (Levi) to the pile.

    July 14, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  13. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I wonder if the conservative Club for Growth is paying him to marry her in a desperate attempt to make the whole Palin clan look less dysfunctional, as part of a Republican strategy to bolster Sarah's credibility as the resigned-to-do-a-book-tour ex-Alaskan governor goes around the country gleefully in the spotlight at her rallies of the dumb.

    July 14, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  14. Mary

    I wish you two luck!!! When it comes down to it, it's between the two of you and your son. Sarah should only be wishing for your happiness.

    July 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  15. shid

    Gotta give these kids credit for making things work out, despite all the biting exchanges they've shared. I'm sure they love their son and want the best for him and to create a loving family. I hope they get things right this time....but they are so young and still so immature.

    Do wish them the best though.

    July 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  16. Dennis 2547

    You two decided long ago that you wanted to be adults so you went ahead to have a child without the approval of your parents,
    If being grown up is taking responsibility for ones actions then so be it. Being independent is what you want or it sure doesn't sound like you were worried or carried much about approval of your folks when you decided to become pregnant as an underage teenager.
    Why worry if your parents give you and Levi there approval at this stage of the game ? Just keep playing the game for your Blog and Reality Show kids. That is how you were planning to make money to support your new family right ? I certainly don't think you two have ever thought about going to college once mama grizzly bear found that become a wanna be celebrity and working the circuit as a ex-quitter of an elected office in Alaska meant anything.
    Just ask mom and daddy Bristol to kick in some of the bucks she has made offer her fame as a tea party hustler .
    Oh I know you can be your mama's consultant in her run for President in 2012 a job you could be qualified for if mama says so to all of America, right ?
    Best wishes kids. A retired US Army veteran

    July 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  17. Tam

    Now let them live PRIVATELY, without sharing the minutest details with the world. I don't need to know.

    July 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  18. Linda Tesauro

    Re Palin, Levi and the rest of them. They're all crazy. Who cares about another totally dysfunctional family.

    July 14, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. neutron

    "Family values" involve my daughter talking to Us Weekly about her engagement before she tells me? I would consider myself a failure in raising my family with something as dysfunctional as this. However, the PR people will spin this into some fairy tale.

    July 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. MiMi

    Well, now, good for the media! We can finally stop reading about the antics of "little lost Lindsay" and start something brand new about this befuddled, dynamic duo. Do me a favor please. Make it short because it darn sure ain't newsworthy!

    July 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  21. j

    A political soap opera. Just what America needed. Would somebody please take the trash out.

    July 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  22. Rob R

    We should now see if Palin has grown up politically. Will she be graceful while gritting her teeth? Will she milk the "family values" tune for all it's worth? All the best to the two kids who seem to have made a wise (love plus logic) decision...good for them...but you gotta admit, Momma Grizzlie is ROARING right now...

    July 14, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  23. Nick

    Why is this under "Politics?"

    July 14, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  24. Melody

    I can not for the life of me understand why this is in the political ticker section of any news site. This isn't poilitical at all, it's just designed to distract us.

    July 14, 2010 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  25. Jerry

    I am sure the liberals will bash these two young kids that fell in love, had a fight and made up. God speed Levi and Bristol.

    July 14, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
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