August 3rd, 2010
04:44 PM ET
12 years ago

Magazine: Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston engagement called off ... again

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption ="Bristol Palin has ended her engagement to Levi Johnston, People Magazine reported."]

(CNN) – Bristol Palin has called off her engagement to Levi Johnston, People Magazine reported Tuesday.

"It's over. I broke up with him," Bristol Palin told People Magazine. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin told the magazine her daughter has learned a valuable lesson: "to trust but verify."

Last month, Bristol and Johnston became reengaged without first informing Sarah Palin.

At the time, the Palin family issued a statement that stopped short of a full-throated endorsement.

And in her statement to People Magazine published Tuesday, Sarah Palin made her wishes for Bristol known.

"I wish for Bristol to be able to move forward in life with her same forgiving, gracious, optimistic spirit, but from henceforth she'll know to trust but verify. Bristol is strong, she is independent, and she knows what is right for her son," the former vice presidential candidate said.

And as for the reasons, Bristol told People that a trip to Hollywood was the final straw.

"The final straw was him flying to Hollywood for what he told me was to see some hunting show but come to find out it was that music video mocking my family," she said. "He's just obsessed with the limelight and I got played."

In what the magazine calls an emotional interview, Bristol said "There's been no remorse," and that she has only seen Levi once in the past three weeks.

Their teenage relationship fell under an intense public spotlight after Sen. John McCain picked Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate in August 2008. The couple broke off their first engagement about two months after their son's birth in December 2008.

After they 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 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. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Wow enough already of politician daughters getting married. Britol, Chealsea...back to Bristol. Who really cares.

    August 3, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. BeverlyNC

    We don't care.....they are just a famiiy of morons.

    August 3, 2010 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  3. Shucks

    This is like a new reality TV show. Can't wait to hear from Levi again. I'm sure his remarks are not far behind, especially if Saint Sarah had anything to do with it. This gets funnier and funnier. Imagine this all going down in the Whitehouse. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    August 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  4. Stacey

    I don't understand you, CNN. You are supposed to be a credible news organization. Why are you shoving these people down our throats all the time? Why should we care about Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson? They are not politicians. They are not newsworthy either. I don't get your obsession with Sarah Palin and her family. This story belongs in People Magazine or some other rag, not CNN.

    August 3, 2010 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  5. Louisiana Man

    That so called engagement was the the biggest publicity stunt and front page bravado for People magazine-
    and the gullible public was suppose to eat it up, buy the magazine and enrich everybody's coffers.

    Those of us with half a brain wised up to these two empty headed media hounds eons ago.

    'Trust but verify'-what idiotic words from an equally idiotic moron.

    August 3, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  6. Jay

    Ah yes, another sterling example of Republican family values. Or, tabloid = legit news.

    August 3, 2010 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Bubba

    I hate to say "I told you so," so I'll just laugh. What trashy people.

    August 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  8. Danny Cali

    Stop it they just want to sell they story only so do not buy any thing of the Magazine please.

    August 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  9. ATL Guy

    The Mama Grizzlies and their cubs are all rabid.

    August 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  10. Superhiro

    Shame. Would've been better if they could work it out for the kid.

    August 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. hillcrester

    New Reality TV Show:

    Alaska Has Trailer Trash!

    AKA: The Unwed Mothers of Wasila!

    August 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  12. EDDIE

    Well she is her mothers daughter. Can anybody say "It's the Wasilla Hillbilly show"

    August 3, 2010 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Well, sometimes common sense wins out.

    August 3, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  14. penny-girl

    well, that sure didn't last very long.

    August 3, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. cmparry

    I guess she turned out not to be pregnant again after all.

    August 3, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  16. samantha

    Just because you do not like her Mother , leave the kid alone, she like some of us when young make mistakes in regards to men. Only someone small minded pick on the kid , when its her mom you may not like.

    August 3, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  17. Susan L.

    Obsessed with the limelight? And that's different from Bristol and her Mom how? He sounds perfect for that family. Dysfunctional attention whore.

    August 3, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  18. GL

    What a mess the Palin family have become and you stupid right wing nuts what her to be our President. This woman can note keep her family dirty mess out the news longer then 5 minutes. The girl look like she is having another baby. She is real fat.

    August 3, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  19. Chris

    LOL, who needs SNL when you have the Palin Family.

    August 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  20. Chris

    CNN, stick to important news please. This Palin engagement story reminds of Favre's on again – off again commitment to football. Tired of the will he or won't he kind of "journalism". Let People magazine handle this stuff.

    August 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  21. Tom

    Bristol who?

    August 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  22. SueC

    What a shocker!

    August 3, 2010 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  23. Jay

    I totally agree with Stacey's message!!! This story is junk!!!!

    August 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  24. msyellarose

    Wow, big surprise here.

    August 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  25. hillcrester

    News Flash-Tom Tancredo, positioning himself to run for the GOP Presidential nomination in 2012, pledges to select Bristol Palin as his VP running mate. Tancredo said, "She's way foxier than her mother, and she doesn't even need to be on the porch to see Russia, so I shouldn't have McCain's problem in the election."

    August 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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