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. Evil Hollywood Liberal

    noooooooooo! If these two crazy kids can't make it, what about the rest of us?!?!?

    Nice Republican family values. Here they're breaking up, what with two kids.....i mean, one kid, right?

    August 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. Dumbing Down America

    Former poor white trash folks (aka "new money").

    August 3, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  3. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    "Trust but verify". Who does Sarah think she is? Ronald Reagan?Stealing his famous line.

    Come up with your own material besides Drill Baby Drill you quitter!

    August 3, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. GL

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

    She is just like her control freak mother. She love being in the Spotlight also. Bristol is no Spear or Hilton she is just poor white trash.

    August 3, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  5. Alejandro

    We need to stop feeding the trolls. Didn't People or some other magazine pay the couple something like $100,000 for the exclusive announcement of their engagement? Yet not a month goes by and even THAT is old news. The fact that this tragicomedy keeps playing out through news outlets, cementing Levi, Bristol, and Sarah as pseudo-celebrities (famous for being famous? Paris already did that) is a sad indicator of the times. We have so much bigger fish to fry.

    August 3, 2010 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  6. Jared

    That's just great, everytime I go to CNN I see something else about the Palin families personal life. I'm sure Bristol's statement about Levi loving the lime-light is true... but weren't they both looking for a reality show last month? Hasn't Sarah Palin released two books (wanted a third childrens book) that she didn't actualy write? Why, why WHY! do I have to know these details about their life?

    August 3, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  7. sickofgobs

    More from Alaska's dysfunctional family. Guess Mama Grizzly didn't roar loud enough when Bristol was growing up. By the way do you think Sarah plain and dumb knows a Mama Grizzly is a Sow?

    August 3, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  8. Bobbi

    So what !!

    Who cares.

    These people are TRASH!!

    August 3, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  9. kathi

    Can you spell MEATHEAD???????? This guy is obviously a meathead.

    August 3, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  10. joe dokes

    This soap opera just keeps giving and giving, doesn't it? Would be a lot funnier if a small child wasn't going to be effected by it all.

    August 3, 2010 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  11. GuyinVA

    Awww Maaaaann! I was really rooting for those crazy kids.

    August 3, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  12. sue

    If you listen closely, you'll hear the Theme From Peyton Place playing

    August 3, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  13. elidude

    Thanks, Bret!

    How will we go on?!

    August 3, 2010 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  14. stacy

    This IS a news story people....
    Sarah Palin was an inch and a heart beat away from bringing her ignorant, white trash family values to the White House. We need to be reminded every day how close we came to total disaster.

    August 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  15. Dave

    Y'know, I absolutely despise Sarah Palin, I think she's one of the sleaziest grifters in politics and an embarrassing symbol of the stupidity and ignorance of a certain percentage of our population, but... why are we hearing about her daughter's private business? Report all you want on what dumb, ugly thing Sarah recently said or what silly thing she recently did, but Bristol is just trying to get on with her life, leave her out of it.

    August 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    Hope they work out something that the kid will be at least raised normally (if there is such a thing as normal for a Republican family)

    August 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  17. Michael

    I can't figure out what's more sad...that this dysfunctional family has become the mascot for hardcore GOPers or that Bristol was foolish enough to actually have unprotected sex with this idiot. Then again, that may be due to the "abstinence only" education from Sarah Palin that obviously works so well?

    You reap what you sow...

    August 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  18. EricLr

    So she quit? Like mother like daughter, I guess.

    August 3, 2010 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  19. non yankee

    The biggest laugh is that this is filed under Politics and not Entertainment.

    August 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  20. lucinda

    And I care, why? oh, I don't! But CNN has to find a way to keep "what's her face, you know, that one that was a running mate to the guy from Ariz and she was from the Norht Pole (or somewhere close) Keep it up CNN you only have to do this CR@P for another year, then everybody will be running for President again and we'll get to get her full fricking time. (I can't wait)

    August 3, 2010 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. garc

    Run, Levi, run!

    August 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. richard in montana

    What a class act with the newlyweds: Clinton and Mezvinsky
    And compare them to the white trash found in a certain city in Alaska!

    August 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  23. kd

    this whole family, top to bottom, is dumb as a pile of bricks.

    August 3, 2010 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Briane

    I love that everyone was so upset over the news stories of our 42nd President's only childs wedding, yet the irresponsible actions of a super moron's offspring deserve around the clock coverage.

    August 3, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  25. Mary G

    For the love of God, how long to we have to put up with this dysfunctional bunch of lime light grabbing kooks?

    August 3, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
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