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. Rob

    Good for them. They both made some mistakes... he much more so it seems. But who are we to judge? Live and learn. Congrats!

    July 14, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  2. GI Joe

    I think over-bearing, prying, bossy Sara would be the worst kind of mother-in-law in the world.

    Those kids stand a chance if they move way way far away and don't answer the phone.

    July 14, 2010 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  3. Duh

    Who cares?

    July 14, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  4. Eddie B

    Another turn in this po dunk family from Alaska that people actually believe is Presidential. Scary.

    July 14, 2010 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  5. SusanBM

    Once again a young girl makes a very big mistake in the name of love. I think Mr. Johnston showed his true colors when he trashed Sarah Palin's family over and over again to gain publicity and fame. Crystal is like many young girls, she wants to believe in Prince Charming and true love. It isn't going to be with this guy. I predict divorce down the road. Sad. When will girls get smart!

    July 14, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  6. Laughing in TX

    Welcome to the gravy train! Levi finally woke up to the fact that he's missing all the money being pulled in by this troupe of clowns. And isn't it heart-warming that the couple will now practice abstinence. What hypocrits! Now he's a whore just like their child's mother.

    July 14, 2010 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  7. Sentinel2010

    Sounds like the 'Great Alaskan Gold Rush' as the Palin women rake in the cash, men like Levi have taken notice. Now Levi wants to position himself next to that pile of cash – just for future security. Guess his gig as a male stipper isn't working out for him. Apparently the Palin women have all the attributes prized by the superfical man....including money....

    July 14, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  8. doug

    Cogratuations to both of them.

    Just PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD MAKE SURE THE CAKE IS NOT BAKED BY A DEMOCRAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Most want her mother and the whole Palin family killed, the rest of the Democrats are like Sandra Bernhard and just wish for Sarah Palin to be raped.

    Thank god not a single republican in all of America has even a tenth of the hate that every Democrat in this nation has.

    July 14, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  9. aldo

    I wouldn't trust him until time proves that he's sincere. There's too much money rolling around in the Palin family that might be catching his eye. Hopefully he's sincere, but I would tread lightly if I was Bristol. He's already shown his dark side and this sudden flip in behavior isn't totally believable.

    July 14, 2010 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  10. Dern Foley

    I'm a little confused-
    Is this the Wasilla hockey-stud 'Levi Johnson' that Alaska governor Sarah Palin allowed to sleep over with her 'minor child' daughter in Sarah's own house – while Sarah was home?
    Is this the 'Bristol Palin' whose mother Sarah Palin was the Alaska governor who allowed the Wasilla hockey-stud 'Levi Johnson' to 'sleep over' with her while she was a 'minor child'?
    This infant -Tripp – this was the child conceived by 'Bristol Palin' and the Wasilla hockey-stud 'Levi Johnson' while Bristol was still a 'minor child'?
    Look up Bristol's birth date – loop up her child's birth date – do the math
    Are there any laws against 'parental negligence and statutory rape' in Wasilla Alaska?

    July 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  11. Absentee father no more

    good to see him stepping up to the responsibilities of fatherhood.

    July 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  12. Luna

    Good for them. I'm glad they were able to work through their problems despite the glare of media, although I truly believe that they would do much better to get out of the spotlight instead of constantly running toward it.

    July 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  13. SusanBM

    Sorry, I meant Bristol. Doesn't matter, she's just like many, many girls. Just because he's the father of her child doesn't mean he'd be a good husband. Think girl!

    July 14, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. David in Houston

    Sounds like Sarah was too busy promoting her hate and wallowing in her own self-delusion to notice.

    Guess someone should have written it on her hand...

    July 14, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  15. Grahame Rhodes

    Funny how the slime always rises top the surface first

    July 14, 2010 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  16. Tiffany

    oh my.

    July 14, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  17. Denise

    Not surprised here. Of course they'll marry, it's the only logically step in Sarah Palin's money-making enterprise. Individually, Levi and Bristol are both train-wreck cash-cows so why not join forces, despite all the negative and nasty words exchanged between the two camps, and become MEGA train-wreck cash-cows! Sarah Palin clued in on this during her manic espisode of thinking she could become VP of America, so now she's just passing along her money-making wisdom to these kids, now they can support themselves and they're child. While some of us are disgusted by, or indifferent to, the Palins and Johnstons, they're laughing their way to the bank by taking advantage of the already present, but really thriving now, industry of the public's obsession with celebrity train-wrecks.

    July 14, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  18. Whatever

    I would think Momma Grizzly would be thrilled that her daughter is getting married!!! Don't get too high and mighty Momma Grizzly – just smile and be happy.

    July 14, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  19. Anne-Marie

    This is like the political version of "The Beverly Hills Hillbillies"!!!

    July 14, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  20. Keith in Austin

    This is a good thing and a positive step for family values.

    July 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. stephanie

    Great PR move for Sara Palin!! This neatly cleans up the mess in her personal life. THe big LIE is that Sara does not know they are getting married. Sara is forcing them to get married. I guess Palins camp got together with Levi and said "Look we can all make millions if you just marry Bristol and let the Sara money train play out." So far Palin has become a millionaire since announcing her VP candidacy. Now she can keep the ball rolling.

    July 14, 2010 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  22. JFS

    This is such a NON issue. Who really cares ??? Its a new day with new IMPORTANT things to address. How about giving the USA something to dig our teeth into...like How Much Tax revenue is generated from the Red States when compared to all the rest of the Country.

    July 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  23. don

    Is there anything these people won't do for publicity? How about a reality show with Hulk Hogan?

    July 14, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  24. deb

    Now is this funny or what??! Sarah is probably having a fit. What a joke this family is.

    July 14, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  25. Lynn

    Levi learned from Todd, the women in the Palin clan are the surest meal tickets. Just make babies and haul in the cash from people who love to watch a train wreck..

    July 14, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
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