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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    Just tired of this its on then its off. I think they need to grow up before they get married...I can see why Ms Sarah not saying much, this is really not news

    August 3, 2010 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. bjsquirrell

    These people are such a joke- and not haha joke. The women are vindictive, and the men are stuck, spineless and whinny. The sad part is that these two kids have a child and if the present is any indication of the future, none of the kids have a snowball's chance in hell of becoming normal, productive members of the human race. I'd feel sorry for the poor guy but he needs to stop graveling and get on with his life.... if that is even possible with self-righteous, self-indulgent, self-entitled, selfish far right wing nuts related to him through his son .... run Levi and don't look back.... and when do we get to see the video???? can't wait.

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

    Like mother, like daughter. White trash losers.

    August 3, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Brett from Oriskany,VA

    One wonders how this idiot will use her children next in attempts to keep the name Palin newsworthy, and current. Levi could get violent,Bristol could date a Crip gangbanger from LA and take Levi out. Somehow we have to work Snooki in this to,and lets not forget Sarah's down's syndrome child, we saw during the election she wasn't above using him. Let's see maybe its Todd's turn, he hasn't done much since he seceded from the union. All this entertainment, no cable fees, no commercials. Reality TV at its finest! Ya know, Sarah, a clothing mishap works for lots of forgotten starlets, just google Tara Reid images.

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

    I love how the moron libtard brigade all rally to Palin articles across the internet. You guys make me think I should like her. Have nothing better to do then troll for Palin stories? losers

    August 3, 2010 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Cyg

    Got jealous because she wasn't invited, I bet. Sarah – I see your daughter has the same "staying" power you do – outstanding, as she was too cute to be married this young anyway.

    August 3, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

    GOOD – that means that Levi will now be in a position to dish the dirt on Caribou Barbie (AKA – the "wild Alaskan dingbat").

    August 3, 2010 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Mance Lotter

    if only they modeled their relationship after Bill and Hillary or Al and Tiipper, right?

    August 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  9. chazlindo

    Wow – no one in this family can follow through with anything 🙂

    August 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  10. Liberal4Obama

    Is there a Nobel Prize for WORST MOTHER? cause Palin wins hands down.

    August 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  11. ProudTexan

    So predictable. It's all for the best! That families line of genes need to cease to exist anyway!

    August 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. Pat Hapgood

    Come on people. Sarah Palin knew full well about the engagement. In fact, she brokered the reality show rights. People can't possibly be naive enough to think this was a surprise to SP. It's part of her aggressive campaign to "never leave the media's eye", even if it means selling her daughter's privacy upstream.

    I am sure the text "We Only Hope Mom Accepts Us" People magazine cover was scripted by Mom.

    August 3, 2010 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  13. Michael

    Who cares?

    The 15 minutes is up, move on CNN. Find another news story. The Palins are not it. Where's Lindsay or Brintey?

    Sad state of today's "real" news organization, and to think at one point I actually wanted to be a journalist.

    August 3, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. J. Richter

    This week:
    On the one hand we have Chelsea Clinton.
    On the other we have Bristol Palin.
    Any questions on bringing up kids in a family focussed way right wingers?

    August 3, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  15. Joe

    Why do we care what these trailer trash folks are doing? She is the daughter of a FORMER one-term (not even full term) governor of Alaska (more people like in Austin, Texas than live in Alaska). I'm sure somebody/someplace offered her more money to break up with the scug bucket than whatever tabloid it was paid to get the story on the "re-engagement". GET OVER THE PALIN'S. They are trash and just out to make money off their 15-minutes of fame. CNN's political coverage needs to have a higher content rating than Jersey Shore.

    August 3, 2010 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  16. DAT

    Pleeeease stop.

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

    Nobody want to hear about her or her mother they are not news,and nobody care about the Palin at all,they to go back home and stay there. And to the people at CNN the Palin are not news nobody care.

    August 3, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  18. Bruce

    Like daughter. I guess this is what quitters do.

    August 3, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. JonDie

    America's conservative darling and the model for American youth, Bristol Palin (an unwed mother and illiterate, unemployed high school drop-out) makes the news again. Her mother Sarah must be so proud!

    August 3, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. Tomas

    OMG, grow up, this isn't high school, you do have a child together !!!

    August 3, 2010 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  21. D

    We are news agencies still reporting on this white trailer trash. I cna't beleive some republicans would endorse Sarah Palin she is ignorant white trash.Get a clue people.

    August 3, 2010 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  22. RML

    Ahhh, A quitter...Just like her mama!!!
    15 minutes of fame are running out!!!
    Sarah can't hold a job, can't hold her family together, yet she claims to be worthy of being in the public eye...kinda like Lindsay Lohan I guess!!

    August 3, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  23. Andrea

    This engagement is as on again off again as Brett Favre's retirement!

    August 3, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  24. SunRa

    Can somebody bring me a towel? My computer just threw up on me again!

    August 3, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. John miknod

    repubtard inbred wholesome family value good ness!!! Love it!!

    August 3, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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