Bristol and Levi Engaged Again!

@anniepa (26622)
United States
July 14, 2010 6:28pm CST
Unless you've spent the day under a rock somewhere you've probably heard that Bristol Palin and the father of her eighteen month old son, Levi Johnston have gotten back together and are once again engaged. The couple went to Us Magazine with their news before telling their own families. I heard it said Bristol hopes her dad will walk her down the aisle but they also said they may elope! "It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be. Hopefully she will jump on board," Bristol said about her mother, Sarah Palin. It had been reported recently that Levi had apologized to Sarah Palin for the things he'd said about her and the family several months ago, admitting he'd lied. It's no secret I'm no fan of Sarah Palin but I'm glad Levi apologized and admitted he'd lied because I didn't believe the things he'd said about Sarah, such as her calling her youngest son her "retarded baby". As far as his assertions she'd depended on her kids to do some of the cooking and cleaning, I say GREAT, they SHOULD take responsibility and help out at home. The Palins released this statement Wednesday on the Today Show: "Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what's best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives." So, what do you think - are Bristol and Levi doing the right thing for themselves and their baby? Do you think they'll last? I sincerely will be rooting for them; I wish them only the best. http://www.usmagazine.com/healthylifestyle/news/exclusive-bristol-palin-levi-johnston-are-engaged-2010147 Annie
8 responses
• United States
15 Jul 10
Oh I imagine Palin is NOT happy right now. I don't blame her. The guy dumped her daughter...was not paying child support (until ordered to by a court)..and told lies about the family to any news outlet that would listen for money. You don't just forgive and forget with all of that. especially with some of the things he said. Palin won't come out and slam her daughter...she is trying to be at least publicly somewhat supportive. But I am sure she is worried and upset about this. But as anyone with grown kids knows....you don't get to pick your childrens spouse. I hope Bristol knows what she is doing. Levi has not shown himself to be a mature person or capable of making good decisions.He has shown himself to be a jerk and a money grubber. Hopefully it was just the media glare and being young...it is hard to deal with all of a sudden at that age. At any age really...but especially at that age. Maybe he just needed time to learn to deal with it and time to grow up. I hope for the child's sake this turns out well. I honestly don't think it will. But I am hoping like heck that they can make it work.
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• United States
15 Jul 10
The money grubber statement might have more to do with this than not. He lied for money right? I did not follow it closely and do not have the facts. My concern as a mother at this point would be hmmmmm is he doing it for the right reasons? Or just trying to get back into the limelight and have a more consistent flow of money. I wish them the best for the baby's sake.
• United States
15 Jul 10
I don't hold out a lot of hope. I mean come on...Sarah Palin had to find out in the press...not from her daughter. They did not just do a press release on the fact they were engaged again...nope...they sold the story to a magazine. So I would say money grubbing sounds about right.
@anniepa (26622)
• United States
18 Jul 10
Lil, I don't blame Sarah for not being really happy right now either. This is way situation in which I was on her side and posted that here if anyone remembers. I thought it was rotten of Levi to tell those stories about her and the family after they'd opened their home to him. Even if he hadn't lied but had only told things that should remain private within someone's own home it would be wrong! That having been said, I have to give Levi a bit more of a pass than I would if he were several years older when all this took place. Being an unmarried teen couple with a baby on the way isn't an easy place to be under ideal circumstances but when they're thrust into the public eye it's got to be so much worse. I don't recall hearing that Levi "dumped" Bristol. I thought it was a mutual agreement for them to break up. Whatever or whomever caused the break-up it was followed by a circus of "he said, she said, they said" that had to have been terrible for all involved. Did Levi refuse to pay child support or did he not pay in the beginning because he had nothing to pay? I mean, he didn't start making his many TV appearances until after the baby was born and he and Bristol had broken up, right? We don't know for sure whose idea it was if it was true that he didn't get to see his son very often for a time there. Anyway, that's all water under the bridge. Also, Levi did apologize to Sarah in person and he also publicly stated that he'd lied, something that I don't think could have been easy especially for a 20 year old. Having been a teen parent myself I can say from experience that the reality of being responsible for a baby really can help make some kids grow up in a hurry. I can feel for Bristol and understand her feeling scared and intimidated about telling her mom herself and when I say this I don't mean it as any negative reflection on her mom. Bristol's 19... that says it all! I hadn't heard they'd gotten paid for their story. Was that reported and if so, was it confirmed by Us? Annie
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
17 Jul 10
Were this not Gov. Palin's daughter, this would not be political news....(still really shouldn't be)...or news at all for that matter. The latter I say as it is a story repeated to infinity day after day all over the country. Young, naive teen girl goes back with dirtbag ex boyfriend who comes showering her with flowers, promises and vows of all manner. To be continued.....most likely going to turn out how we all expect. I have to say, speaking as a father, I would have delivered a major beating to this punk asss Johnson a few years ago if I were Todd. I admire his restraint.
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@anniepa (26622)
• United States
18 Jul 10
I agree, were it not the daughter of someone famous it wouldn't be political news, but it is, so it is. I'm not so sure it will turn out how you all expect. Maybe I'm a romantic at heart or maybe I'd just like to see a happy ending, I don't know. I'm really curious as to at what point would you have delivered this major beating. Annie
@xfahctor (14111)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
18 Jul 10
I was speaking as a practical father, not a romantic...so maybe that makes me a skeptic by nature. At what point would I have beaten him? Lol...I would like to say the moment he got my daughter pregnant...but more probably- the moment he hurt my daughter...but at the very least- the moment he started running my daughter and the rest of my family down in public.
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@anniepa (26622)
• United States
20 Jul 10
I was wondering if you'd answer "the moment he got my daughter pregnant"...lol! Annie
@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
15 Jul 10
Can we grow up and get the politicians kids out of our politics. This whole thing is dispicable and Palin should have had some boundaries around this from the beginning. These kids should not have to live out their youth in the media. Child care anyone?
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• United States
15 Jul 10
I agree we should leave politicans kids out of it....but I also think all politicans should leave their kids out of it too. meaning stop using your kids as a photo op during the campaigns. All of them do it. But they shouldn't. At your job interview do you bring your kids? That what the campaign is..the interview with the public...so leave the kids at home.
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@TTCCWW (579)
• United States
15 Jul 10
The Obama kids have been kept very background considering todays press and everyone loves little kids. I only remeber them being brought on stage twice. The National convention when everyone was on the stage, Biden and Obama kids, and the election night party. Bush kept his kids quiet as much as he could and the Clintons tried very hard also until she became an adult and able to make her own decisions.. It really is sad that these kids have their life in the spotlight. Makes you wonder about these peoples value system.
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• United States
15 Jul 10
Obama did an interview or two with the kids in them. All of the candidates have their kids and family at the conventions...but honestly I don't think they should be there. The conventions are televised. The kids are not photo ops. Let them be kids. I do have to say that the Clintons, Bushs and Obamas have done a good job of protecting their kids. But they still be bring them out for occasional photo ops..which I don't agree with.
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@jb78000 (15178)
14 Jul 10
sorry annie - this is non-news. young romantics should use contraceptives, and be told how to get then.
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@spalladino (17927)
• United States
15 Jul 10
But, wabbit, if it wasn't for that unplanned pregnancy Bristol wouldn't be able to rack in $15 grand per speaking engagement telling other teens how horrible it is to be an unwed mother...and she wouldn't have that $270k condo. In fact, she'd be a normal college student planning to work for a living like the rest of the common folk.
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@jb78000 (15178)
15 Jul 10
well of course in certain cases getting pregnant just after childhood has perks. generally of course it is best to put it off until you are actually old enough to look after children. we know there is no way to stop teenagers doing what god designed them for but we can ensure they do this reasonably sensibly/
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@Taskr36 (13928)
• United States
20 Jul 10
"she'd be a normal college student planning to work for a living like the rest of the common folk." Um... Speaking engagements ARE work. Sure, she's not mining coal or anything, but she is writing, or at the very least memorizing speeches, traveling, and speaking. All of these things take time and effort. Not everyone is capable of giving public speeches. In my opinion she has made the absolute best of a situation that was anything but ideal. I'm quite proud of her. I know some may resent the do as I say, not as I did, but many of those who give such advice do it because they know best the hardships that come with being a teen parent.
@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
its too bad that they didnt wait to have the baby. oh well, accidents happen, i just hope they have their heads screwed on right so that they can be good parents.
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@cher913 (25895)
• Canada
14 Jul 10
no matter what happens, they will always be tied together by this child.
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@anniepa (26622)
• United States
15 Jul 10
You're right, they always will have that hopefully very strong bond. It does no good to say now what they should or should not have done because the little guy is here now, right? Annie
@irishidid (8119)
• United States
20 Jul 10
Best of luck to them. I hope Levi keeps doing the right thing. Boys mature (physically and mentally) slower than girls and maybe he did some growing up. Let's hope! I have to say I'm very proud of my son who is keeping it in his pants! His friend is already expecting his first baby at the age of eighteen. My son says he respects his girl friend too much to do anything and her mom might kill him or I would. Not really, I love my kids no matter what!
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@anniepa (26622)
• United States
21 Jul 10
Good for you son, you have every right to be proud of him! I must say, I think it says a lot about you that he respects his girl friend that much. Great job, mom! Annie
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
15 Jul 10
Ok, Annie, I wasn't under a rock all day but I was at the motorcycle shop and didn't have the tv on so I missed this news. I think it's great! I'm always happy when the parents of a child manage to work out their differences and work towards becoming a family. I'm not surprised though. It's been all over the web lately that Levi has been spending many a night at Bristol's condo. The public apology was necessary before taking the next step...can't have a nice wedding if the bride's parents aren't speaking to the groom. I'm sincerely happy for them.
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@anniepa (26622)
• United States
21 Jul 10
I'm in total agreement, Spall, and I never suspected you of being under a rock! Annie
@nzinky (822)
• United States
15 Jul 10
I say, let the kids do what they want cause they will do it anyway......I hope that Levi has learned his lesson about lying about people.....I know that Sarah and Tod love their kids and only want what's best for them....... If I'm not mistaken Sarah invited Levi to Thanksgiving Dinner last year....So what's the problem......Levi may not know how to really make amens but at least he's trying..... They are giving her room to make her own decisions and I think that great they are trying to make things work for them cause it really looks like things left alone have away of working out.....Besides it's none of our business anyway..... As far a the children having to do things around the house why not teaches them responsibility and they will know how to do things when they are older.....The way they are talking you would think that the Palin kids were the only ones who did house work......But my mom made me help around the house and my kids had chores to do...and my kids, kids had to help around the house.....People for godsake give it a rest.....