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. captdcb

    Just like her mom, can`t finish anything.

    August 3, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  2. Peter s

    Sorry!! but this two kids needs parental guidance but the former beauty queen of Wasilla Alaska is very busy teabagging with hannity at fix news!

    August 3, 2010 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. I was born in Alaska, and Palin is not a good example of an Alaskan

    Bristol Palin's only source of income is being paid $40,000 to speak about teen pregnancy (what a joke!) so of course this is an economic and political move. Why do people pay any attention at all to this annoying family. I hope they all go camping in bear country this summer.

    August 3, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  4. cfl2cents

    Bristol Palin Invents New Occupation: Making LOTS of Money From Engagement Exploitation

    She gets at least 5 or 6 figures for every on-again, off-again announcement. How much was she paid this time? How much will she expect for her next "engagement" ? More pertinent, how many suckers will continue to fall for it?

    August 3, 2010 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  5. A Mom

    What's really funny is I just read another article where Bristol said Levi told her he "may have fathered a child with another girl". That's what happens when you live your life clamoring for go down in flames, usually more then once.....

    August 3, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. JoycieT

    I assume they waited long enough for the check from their cover shoot to clear.

    August 3, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  7. ruty

    Levi, you better be glad you got out before you got trapped.This family is a bunch of reds-neck hillbillies.

    August 3, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  8. Joe C

    Ohh, you can the Liberals salivating over this Meat ?

    Just sit back and watch the media (Dave Letterman) and all the other “bottom of the barrel” Liberal tasteless comments…. Oh how the Left Wing loves to go after Conservative’s children…..even CNN will probably not even post this to protect the onslaught of vile commentary from the “Left”.

    August 3, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  9. Oy Vey Az

    What isn't to understand ?

    Levi knocked up another young woman during his and Bristol's last separation.

    And That's The Truth!!

    Now that's what I call Family Values Alaska Style ... LOL

    August 3, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  10. frank

    Bristol – move as far away from your mother as possible. She's toxic to you

    August 3, 2010 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. A builder

    Not a fan of the Palins.
    However, this is none of our business.

    August 3, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. RenaP

    I don’t agree with Sarah Palin’s politics – but have always felt that she seemed to be a good mom. I personally feel that Bristol Palin is a very strong young lady. I was actually happy when they said a few weeks back that they were working it out. I always felt like they were two young kids that got thrown in the public eye.

    Good luck to Bristol. She has quite a job a head of her. But I think she will show everyone what a tough little cookie she is – and be a great mom.

    August 3, 2010 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  13. Cillian1977

    Mark my words, the Palin's are going to have a reality show soon.

    August 3, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  14. Jean2

    These people are working the public, all of these antics makes money and fame for them. CNN, Fox, Magazines. as wellas the news media keep them visable. WE ARE THE STUPID ONES, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC!!!

    August 3, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  15. Bengus81

    What a side show the whole pathetic Palin clown car family is. Hey wait...what happened to the neighbor that was doing the book and Palin made a BIG deal out of?? This woman has GOT to be in the news everyday or her ego implodes.

    August 3, 2010 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |

    Wow – A bunch of democrats on here. Hate much? You betcha!
    This teenager hoped that the relationship would work out after all and we want to hang her for "stupidity"? Woah. There are a bunch of old farts on here who have been hurt too many times to give a young girl a little credit for hoping. She hasn't been married and divorced multiple times so she is "stupid". Jeez. This is an AMAZING family! Not so sure the responders on here can say much about their family if put under a microscope.

    August 3, 2010 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  17. patty

    Why is this even in the POLITICAL ticker?

    August 3, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  18. PS

    What am I missing? We are dissing Bristol because she broke off engagement because he likes the media or because she broke off engagement after he lied to her about a trip? They are teenagers duh. She is still young enough to make mistakes.

    August 3, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Great parenting Sarah!

    August 3, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  20. Veteran

    Why is this gossip crap in the political ticker section??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    Come on and wake up CNN. I'm loosing faith in your political reporting.

    August 3, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  21. water bearer

    Just think. This lovely family could have lived in the White House. We really dodged a bullet, America!

    August 3, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  22. Alexa

    I love the accusations flying between both camps...the Palins accuse Levi of being a fame whore and Levi sites Sarah's vindictiveness (but fails to mention her fame seeking nature as well)...
    That said, I'd say it's choice "C"...disparaching claims against the other are likely ALL based upon some large measure of truth.

    Looking forward to the end of their painfully long 15 minutes.

    August 3, 2010 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  23. sam

    This is not important.
    These people have never done anything worth noting in their lives, and they most likely never will, ever.
    If you want to have stories about young people, concentrate your story on the young people being held in an Iranian Jail.
    Now those are important people!

    August 3, 2010 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  24. Don in Kansas

    Hmm....Bristol is acting like a typical high school teeny bopper.....just like her Mother.

    August 3, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  25. Davit

    This family is a soap opera. Nothing more, nothing less.

    August 3, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
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