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. BJ

    I'm not one bit was a publicity stunt anyway. I'm so sick of the Palins. Just disappear already!

    August 3, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  2. Jon S.

    Uh, wow. This is some really important news. Will CNN next grace their website with a People magazine cover of these two? I mean, not like they are all about publicity, right? Then again, they have her mother as a role model.

    August 3, 2010 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  3. hum

    How is this even newsworthy. This article belongs in gossip magazines...not the politics section of CNN.

    August 3, 2010 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  4. The Choobs

    The best comedy show in America is a gift that keeps on giving.

    August 3, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  5. Robert Wooller

    And this is politics news why?

    August 3, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  6. cathy

    Thank God Bristol has a strong mom and dad relationship to help her thru this difficult time with this scum bag of a guy. I knew he was no good after the first break up. At least now she knows and won't have to go thru a horrible divorce. He'll be out on the talk circuit laughing it up with the View women in no time. Good riddance to bad garbage.

    August 3, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. Indy

    I do feel sorry for Bristol, her Mom pimped out her kids to the media and now that can't be taken back. It is sad that Sarah Palin will do anything for a dollar and throwing her lids to the media has not been in the best interest for anyone but Sarah Palin. Too bad Todd does not have the balls to stand up to his wife and put a stop to her madness and let her know that she has done a lot of harm to her family in the lust for money. There is only one reason Bristol Palin is in the news and it is 100% fault of her parents that put her out for the almighty dollar. Chelsea Clinton was well protected by classy [arents and the Palins could learn a lesson or two from the Clintons and the Obamas

    August 3, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. Ramon F. Herrera

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

    Yes, but we don't "write" books or otherwise present ourselves that we are better than the rest of America.

    Mrs. Palin could have chosen to keep her family out of media coverage, but she decided to pimp them for political and financial gain.

    August 3, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  9. wren7

    And we came so close to this moron being our Vice President ... and she is now the leading presidential contender among Republicans in the polls for 2012 (which should tell the rest of us all we need to know about the intelligence of the average Republican) ... God help us all ... but you gotta admit, SP may be a moron, but she is not clueless. She's laughing all the way to the bank even though she made an idiot of herself in front of the entire nation with the Couric interview, etc. She is now worth many millions of dollars, so maybe the lesson is that conniving, lying and being a crude ignoramus pays off?

    August 3, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  10. KImberly

    since no one in this story is in politics, why is it in politcal ticker? who cares?

    August 3, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  11. Marlye

    Levi is littering the planet with his seed. Didn't anyone tell him to wear "protection" when having relations? I like the fact that this site doesn't even mention the real reason why they broke up. He's got babies all over the place.

    August 3, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. ac

    This has nothing to do with Dems or Reps, it is just plain sad! I feel sorry for the whole family, period, and yes I am a democrat.

    August 3, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  13. Maj

    How cruel most of you are. She correctly broke off an engagement to someone who was in it for nothing more than attention. It's the chid who ultimately loses out ... or wins ...depending upon which way you look at having Levi Johnston in his life.

    August 3, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. Yugo

    Good for her. The guy turned out to be a jerk and now she really knows it. Say what you will about Sarah (i'm not a fan) but she gave her daughter good advice.

    August 3, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  15. Dave

    Are we really surprised? This is just how conservatives are. There are no Republican values besides hate, dishonesty, cynicism, racism, anti-worker, anti-democracy, xenophobia and most of all: abject greed.

    Our country is in this sorry state defensively and economically because Republican values were tested from 2000-2008 and America found they were worthless.

    August 3, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  16. Jacob

    Sarah Palin doesn't even garner respect from her own family! so sad.

    August 3, 2010 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  17. Robert

    Hey CNN - how about leaving the Palins and Johnstons and their endless hillbilly soap opera to the tabloids where it belongs? Sarah her her entire brood are just cartoon celebrities at this point.

    August 3, 2010 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  18. Alex

    dude way to double your child support payments.

    Run girls Run!!!!!

    August 3, 2010 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  19. RNC "family" values???

    I feel sorry for the kid. Imagine having Bristol as a mother and Sarah as a grandmother???? Sarah can't even speak without stumbling over words she manufactures on the fly. What a joke. I am still waiting to see how long her hubby stays with her before he cashes in; it's only a matter of time. He's quietly waiting for her to build net worth. Smart man. Republican family values; what a joke!!! Ha! Ha!

    August 3, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Yikes! Now the kids have picked up the mom's habit of doing something, ANYTHING, every couple weeks just to get their name in the press.

    How about all the Palins give us a break and spend some time with their kids? You know, practice those family values they profess to have and actually raise them, instead of gallivanting around, chasing any microphone or camera with a buck hanging off it?

    August 3, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  21. Jon

    She flip-flops almost as much as her pathetic mother.

    August 3, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  22. Lexie

    Interesting how all of this came up about the time Sarah Palin's star was waning and all of sudden this brought back the headlines!!!

    August 3, 2010 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  23. jean

    America strikes again. I can't believe this kind of woman was running for your country's V.P position. She is carrying her family with withered hands. & what kind of girl reunites with a man who ranted thrash about your family & completely humiliated your mother. It can only be the Palins.

    August 3, 2010 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. Brian

    The media really is a bunch of Morons I have to say. Why is it that every day I have to read or hear a report on what "Palin said" about this or that? She is insignificant and unimportant for this country, nothing but a whiner that can not finish anything she really starts but thinks that she has the ability to be President! So glad we dodged that one!

    August 3, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  25. Ryan

    Who cares if Palin's daughter is engaged or not? Why is this even news?

    August 3, 2010 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
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