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. Layla

    This young lad would sell out his own son and not care.

    Good choice, Bristol. You have made the right decision to move on without him. Tough lesson, but a good one.

    August 3, 2010 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. midnitejax

    When I read this i immediately craved banjo music and a mess of catfish and maybe some cornbread.Yee Haww!!!!! Sounds like a great family reunion in the making. Bristol has the attention span of her mother. Yes.....i love those Republican family values. The most confusing day in Palins' life is Fathers day? We uns gotta git along now..........chikenz pilin' up on the front porch!!

    August 3, 2010 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. Bob Dog

    This is the best entertainment money can buy. Except that its free! The Palins are totally cheap, shallow, self-serving fools. Just when you start to feel bad about your own life, think of the Palins!

    August 3, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. BBBarker

    She must have gotten the Ditz Gene from her mother. I guess this means she'll return to giving speeches on abstinence for 20K a pop.
    She got the Greed Gene from Mama too!

    Good luck Bristol. Nice play job Levi!

    August 3, 2010 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  5. DollParts

    the Wal-Martization of America continues.

    August 3, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. DAVE

    do them Palin's have trouble makin' up their minds?
    Well....yes, and betcha!!

    August 3, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  7. a little sad

    Leave the kids alone.

    Gotta feel sorry for that baby.

    (But SP is fair game.)

    August 3, 2010 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  8. Edgar Friendly

    That sucks, but it's not like everybody else didn't see it coming.

    August 3, 2010 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  9. Charles

    I lived/worked in 4 Asian countries/cultures where something like this would be considered shameful. Here in the US it is prime-time news. What does this say about America?

    August 3, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  10. iduna

    Oh Levi, You dont know how lucky you are. She a dog. Be happy that you get to move on from her and her mother. Get to court and lock up visitation and joint custody ASAP because you can bet they will try to keep you out of YOUR child life.

    August 3, 2010 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  11. byron

    I really could care less about the Palin's... but they do preach God's family values and all that c rap.. yet their family is a mess? republicans are hilarious! I don't ever want to see republicans out of government because they make me laugh! HAHA!

    August 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  12. Rachael

    When will this family go away back to Alaska and be out of the news forever......sorry but this family doesn't measure up to the dignity of being in the White House.......or maybe they are just playing all of us again.......there was talk of a Reality Show for them and the more we hear about their on again off again relationship maybe they are truely trying to land a Show in Hollywood and become the Entertainer's of the Year Award......

    August 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  13. Perryboy

    Why?? Why?? did John Mccain bring these morons out of the woods. I am ho so fed-up with all the Palins and their stupid ideas. I wouldn't give a fat rat's a** if i never never hear anything about the Palins again.

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

    P.S. To the right wing nuts who think CNN is conspiring to keep the Wasilla Hillbillies on the front page: They beg for it, that's why they're in the news! They call magazines for interviews, the magazines don't call them! They Twitter, they release "press statements". It isn't a CNN conspiracy, it's your next presidential nominee and her dysfunctional family BEGGING for media attention!!

    August 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  15. Jay

    I don't understand ... they both deserve each other.


    August 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  16. Craig from Pa.

    Enough drama already!! Who the hell cares about these freaks??? Get a real life and keep things to yourself like most of us do....

    August 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  17. max

    takes balls for him to admit doing that porker

    August 3, 2010 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  18. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    An ordinary person does not have to look to find something negative regarding Sarah Palin. It is everywhere. In this case here, I feel very badly for Levi, Bristal & their lovely child, Tripp. The real villiam here is Sarah Palin who has and most likely control Bristal and Tripp for years ahead. Is Levi a bad guy? I don't think so. What an awful position to be in. He wants to take responsibility, but he cannot. Why?Bristal and Levi became reengaged without first informing Sarah Palin? Who stepped in between this couple? Yep, Sarah Palin playing politics.

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

    Why is she holding a Chinese baby ?

    August 3, 2010 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  20. Marie MD

    The trailer trash family continues to give us laughter galore. They have a child out of wedlock but they are getting married; no, wait, she destroyed mcnasty's last chance and now they are not together again; after all the nasty things the quitter said about levi (takes one to know one) he is back because he can't make money; no wait, the trash queen must have told them they are not getting a single penny from her ill gotten millions so they break up again.

    WHO CARES!!!!!!!!!???????????

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

    "Dave" said it best - she is nothing but a two-bit grifter whose 15 minutes were up a long time ago!!!!! Sarah, that is -)

    August 3, 2010 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  22. Amazed

    NO!!! How can it be? Will these Clampett's ever be the same after this? How is Rush handling the news? Beck? Ole my.... life in America will never be the same... Is Fox News still on the air?

    Such a couple to look up to. One GED between them, the sky was the limit.....

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

    What about the illegitamate child and those famous Christian family values?

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

    Ok, that's ONE possible plot line, but I like this one better: they got back together because some agent said they'd have more luck shopping around a reality show "nearly married" than otherwise.

    But they drilled a dry hole with that, finally saw the writing on the proverbial wall, and with nothing else to hold them together, called it quits. Again. (Quitting seems to be a core competency of the Palin family – they're really, REALLY good at it).

    Ironically, this on-again/off-again "drama" is the closest these two will ever get to a televised reality show.

    Which – thank Big Hairy Thunderer In The Sky – is exactly how it should be...

    August 3, 2010 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  25. Marie MD

    @ Manny – that is not a chinese baby. That's the baby some people think belongs to her mother. The one who who was supposedly seven months pregnant and hadn't told anyone and didn't show. The same baby whose life the quitter put in jeopardy as she flew all over the US after her water, once again, supposedly broke.
    This whole family is a freakin' circus of idiots.

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