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. BD70

    Well that lasted all of 2 weeks. Ahh well mama Sarah must have made her see the light.

    August 3, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  2. John miknod

    God Bless the party of family values!! hahahahhaha

    August 3, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Len Smith

    Really, now what does the trash do? Just make a lot of money off of very inocent people. Enough of this, no more, no more ever, who cares? Why would they care? She is as bad as her mother, who is really making the bucks from the inocent. Why do they care?

    August 3, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. hello

    this was a publicity stunt through & through!

    August 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. trashcup

    Ridiculous amount of attention to a story that shouldn't even be printed in the Wasilla Daily Rag.

    We wouldn't be talking about Bristol if it weren't for her parents not doing their job in the first place.

    Sarah: How's that abstinence thingy working out for ya' now?

    August 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  6. keeth in cali

    Family values, you betcha!

    August 3, 2010 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. sara

    Take parenting skills from Hillary. Afterall, she was in the home raising Chelsea and Not hobnobing accross the country spreading HATE. The little special needs boy needs a mother.

    August 3, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  8. Bobbie in Maryland

    Bristol: Stop listening to the mama grizzley & think for yourself!

    August 3, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  9. rositaCA

    ha ha ha ha ha another loser on Palin's family, like daughter like mother, a bunch of LOOOOOOSERS!!

    August 3, 2010 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. Len

    CNN, why are you in love with this family? Sarah Palin is an opportunist, she is making money spewing lies about Prresident Obama and she truly is unamerican!!!!

    Let us not forget, she quit as Govenor of Alaska...She is not the X-Governor, she is Quitter Govenor!!!

    August 3, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  11. deb is the time to learn a valuable lesson. It is best to keep your personal love life to do not have to share it with the press. Yes, your mother is a media whore....but you can refuse to follow in her footprints. It is up to you to stop the madness. IF, of course, you revel in this type of drama and are getting PAID by the media for your tawdry personal information, then you or your mother have nothing to whine about when you are scorned by those who find selling your soul for cash to be in very poor taste.

    August 3, 2010 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  12. Arlene, Illinois

    Did these words " to trust but verify" actually come out of her mouth?

    August 3, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  13. Baby Boomer

    All I know is we need to make sure Sarah Palin never gets into the White House. She and her family would be a complete disaster for the United States. Our credibility on the world stage would be completely shot. Far worse then the damage GW Bush did and that is really saying something. We need to keep these "Hillbillies" out...

    August 3, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Jeff in Houston

    Why does it sound like the entire Palin clan might be happier living in a used trailer? They act as trashy as the mother is dumb.

    August 3, 2010 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  15. CTSadler

    Ladies and gentlemen, the Wasilia Hillbillies!

    August 3, 2010 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |

    Why does cnn put this on the political ticker, thlis alaskan soap opera, enough already, no wonder he did not show all on playgirl, nothing to show,now kathy griffith will have a chance, bristol needs to rent a democrat donkey, hopefully in one of their sleep overs she did not get pregnant again. This familly needs to float off on an ice flo. How did the R,s get rid of another dufus, Mr.vp Quayle.

    August 3, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  17. Uncle Ellsworthey

    Y'all sure are scared of her aren't you? I reckon in reality she has more sense than all of you combined. Seems pretty obvious based on the lack of intelligent thought being posted on here.

    August 3, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  18. This black liberal hates Obama

    cm: "Like mother, like daughter, White trash losers."

    Well it takes one to know one!

    August 3, 2010 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  19. Kevin from Co

    All you Libs are nothing but a bunch of pathetic haters. And your supposed to be the peace loving insightful ones? I think you all need to take a long look in the mirror without your self righteous blinders on.

    August 3, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  20. Liberals are poison

    The usual same bash-Palin brigade always posts on anything-Palin.
    If you losers are so fed up with Palin articles, why even read them and post your trash? Loser liberal welfare slugs just go back under the rock you crawled out from, your check isn't in the mailbox yet.

    August 3, 2010 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  21. Nicki

    Who gives a crap about any of these irrelevant hillbillies and their white trash drama?

    August 3, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  22. Cafe 84 Pizza

    No, the Palins aren't trashy. Not trashy at all. Why would anyone think that?

    Move along, nothing to see here.

    August 3, 2010 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  23. old Hag

    These are really vicious comments. Didn't any of you ever have any trouble in your lives?

    August 3, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  24. AlissaCT

    All you people calling them morons, and bringing up Republicans while you do it, YOU are the full blown Morons! I may be a Democrat and would never vote for Sarah Palin in a million years, but I sure have enough class to not berate this or any other American family. You people are an embarrassment. At least the Republicans aren't being brought up on Ethics charges every other day, and appearing on The View and eating ice cream on vacation in front of the entire country, and crying Racism nonstop while much of the country is in complete economic desperation, our soldiers are dying and all we can do is just suck it up and try to keep going every day.

    August 3, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  25. greytsmom

    When will these two grow up and be adults? That baby is the one suffering-parents that act like spoiled two year olds and grandparents that aren't much better!!! Maybe they all need a good swift kick in the seat of their pants.

    August 3, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
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