Good for them: Bristol and Levi engaged

us bristol levi.pngI had wondered why Levi publicly apologized for speaking poorly (and inaccurately) of the Palins. Now I get it. He has obviously matured and is trying to take responsibility. Good for them.

Generally speaking, intact families are always best for children. I'm glad these 2 are overcoming pretty big obstacles. I do think it they should have discussed their plans with her parents before going public, but oh well. Anyway, from Us magazine, today

Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston reveal exclusively in the new Us Weekly that they are getting married....

And, they tell Us Weekly, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has been kept in the dark about their plans... until now.

"We got engaged 2 weeks ago," Bristol, 19, tells Us Weekly. "It felt right, even though we don't have the approval of our parents."

Bristol and Levi, 20 - who famously called off their previous engagement two weeks after welcoming son Tripp in December 2008 - tell Us Weekly they reconnected three months ago while working out a custody plan for their 18-month-old son.

"I really thought we were over," Levi tells Us Weekly. "So when I went, I had no hope. I think we both just started talking - and then we took Tripp for a walk."

Says Bristol, "When he left that night, we didn't hug or kiss, but I was thinking how different it was. He texted me: 'I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again'... I was in shock."

Now comes the hard part: Getting the blessing of Sarah Palin, who has made no secret of her feelings for Levi. He provoked her fury last fall when he claimed that she had called her infant son Trig (who has Down syndrome) "retarded." 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 dubbed him "Ricky Hollywood" and called his "aspiring porn" career "heartbreaking."

Says Bristol, "It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be. Hopefully she will jump on board."

[HT: Laura Loo]


Comments:

I think its a bad idea. Why do they have to rush to get married? If he is trying to right the wrong he has done...yes that is good and wonderful but marriage is SERIOUS. It isn't something you just jump into because you have a baby together. You are making a commitment to be together FOREVER. Serious stuff. Do these two kids really have what it takes at this point?

I think God gives you parents to guide you. I am not saying parents are right all the time, but doesn't Sarah Palin have a valid reason to not want her precious daughter with this verbally abusive sleazball? Bristol should have sought her parent's wise counsel first. And if Levi had any true respect for her family he would have sought her parent's blessing FIRST. He would have worked to regain their trust and friendship.

Jumping into this is so foolish in my opinion.

Posted by: Sydney M. at July 14, 2010 9:21 AM


Sydney, I completely agree! I'm very skeptical of media-hungry Levi's sudden transformation into a mature, responsible young man. In fact, I'm not buying it for a second. I hope it works out well for them, of course, but I'm not holding my breath.

Posted by: Kelsey at July 14, 2010 9:30 AM


I wish these two the best, but I hope Bristol insists on a long engagement. It's too soon IMHO to tell whether Levi has changed his ways or is out to exploit the Palins' fame and finances.

Posted by: Fed Up at July 14, 2010 9:40 AM


This is NOT good.

Time and again this boy has shown himself to be dishonorable, untrustworthy and self-serving. Making this decision apart from parental guidance is terrible judgment on Bristol's part and further evidence of Levi's lack of character.

I am cringing at this news.

Posted by: Eileen at July 14, 2010 9:48 AM


He's a creep.

Posted by: phillymiss at July 14, 2010 9:50 AM


What? I think it's GREAT that they are deciding to stick together. They're doing the right thing for their baby and themselves. If it's possible, every child should have married parents, instead of bouncing around to different homes.

Of course I've never been in this situation. But I've already decided I would do almost anything to stay married to someone I had a baby with, unless he was abusive or a chronic adulterer.

Levi has been a creep in the past. But come on, how old is he--20? He's trying to do the right thing now. We need to remember forgiveness and second chances.

Posted by: Ashley Herzog at July 14, 2010 9:57 AM


And let's face it, people do stupid ---- in their early 20s. I had an abortion I shouldn't have had. Should I never be treated like an adult again or given a second chance? I am rooting for Levi and Bristol.

Posted by: Ashley Herzog at July 14, 2010 10:01 AM


Ashley, no swearing allowed.

Posted by: Jill Stanek Author Profile Page at July 14, 2010 10:10 AM


Since this couple has decided to live their personal lives out in public, we have no other way to judge their actions other than what we have seen in the media, and as far as I can tell, I have seen nothing on Levi's part to indicate he is anything other than the complete loser he made himself out to be a long time ago.

It's not hard to figure out why he was so eager to "reconcile." He's 20. He wants to have sex, and it is too easy for men to play on the emotions of young women like Bristol who want to have stable men in their lives.

It's sad really. I feel sorry for her, but not too sorry. I wish them well but we'll see if they really get married or not.

Posted by: Andrew at July 14, 2010 10:14 AM


Good for them. I hope this is a genuine transition into honorable manhood for Levi.

Part of that honor is to transition his household into a low profile and to earn their livelihood by means other than placing themselves (and their child) out there as cooperators in the tabloid fodder milieu.

Posted by: Gerard Nadal at July 14, 2010 10:19 AM


Gerard, where do you see this "transition into a low profile" taking place? Just curious..

Posted by: Andrew at July 14, 2010 10:29 AM


Come on...he didn't change THAT quickly...this is Levi Johnston we're talking about. In a few weeks, he'll find some other way to continue to milk his "15 minutes of fame" and probably dump Bristol...again!

Posted by: Pamela at July 14, 2010 10:31 AM


Teens, take note: Premarital sex has consequences.

Andrew @ 10:14,
I agree with you.

Posted by: Janet at July 14, 2010 10:41 AM


I'm not so sure this is actually a good thing. Maybe Levi has changed his ways, who am I to know? But if he is a different person now than he was when Bristol first fell for him, then he is a different person than the one Bristol fell for. With the baby involved, this may seem like the Best Idea Ever, but they may not really be a good match. And jumping into an engagement--with all the expectations that entails--does not strike me as the best way to figure out if they are. And that's just the first problem. What really chilled my blood was this line:

"We got engaged 2 weeks ago," Bristol, 19, tells Us Weekly. "It felt right, even though we don't have the approval of our parents."

That is never, ever good. Ever. When My brother got married, it was to someone my mom initially didn't approve of (although Mom swears she's come around now), and the timing of his marriage was something she's never reconciled to. She is still mad at them over a year later, and refuses to forgive them for it (possibly along with some other stuff that she won't tell anyone). And while, yes, that's Mom's problem, not my brother's or his wife's, the upshot is that my sister-in-law was made to feel very unwelcome in our family, despite the best efforts of myself, my brother, and my sister. If you don't get the parents on board, they can ruin everything, and sometimes will do for reasons that they may never fully explain.

I hope it's a long engagement, too.

Posted by: Keli Hu at July 14, 2010 10:58 AM


Well - I like to be an optimist and think positive. I am encouraged about the public and private apology that Levi made.

It was unwise, however to keep the engagement secret from the parents. They could have dealt with that privately, and then came out with a public announcement when the family was ready.

Prayers for them are needed - for sure!

I too like to see intact families - and let's root for their success - for their child's and family's sake.

I hope they get married when all parties are ok with things - after all - Honor thy father and mother!

Posted by: joyfromillinois at July 14, 2010 11:12 AM


I want to believe that he has changed but my pessimistic side is telling me he sees more money in apologizing and getting back with Bristol.

Posted by: Kristen at July 14, 2010 11:22 AM


"If you don't get the parents on board, they can ruin everything, and sometimes will do for reasons that they may never fully explain."

Plenty of mothers-in-law are bitches for no good reason. They're usually spiteful, jealous women who resent that their sons have found someone who makes them happy, and they are no longer the center of their little boy's universe. (Seriously, if your son is 25, it's time to accept that.) Nothing the daughter-in-law does will ever be good enough. In fact, the mother will go out of her way to find something the daughter-in-law did wrong, since she thrives on resentment and jealousy. My now-deceased grandma treated my mom like that.

Posted by: Ashley Herzog at July 14, 2010 11:32 AM


I am sorry your mother was mis-treated Ashley but I had a wonderful mother-in-law who I miss very much because she is now in heaven. I look forward to being a mother-in-love instead of just a mother-in-law someday. I hope the majority of people on this blog have not had horrible experiences with their in-laws.

I am very concerned for Bristol and the baby in this situation. Sneaking back together, secretly getting engaged and not having the blessing of your parents is a very bad sign and bad for the future marriage. Levi needs to grow up, his first sign of "manning up" would have been going to Todd and Sarah and talking to them honestly offering his apology, expressing his desire to reconcile with their daughter and his willingness to work to gain Bristol's, the baby's and her family's trust. Marriage is hard enough, working for "the two of you to become one" and for the best outcome you will need to have the support of your parents and family. Though it is NOT impossible to make it without their help and approval the odds are definitely against you. I pray Bristol and Levi will take it slow, back off rushing through their engagement and get the help they need with Christian pre-marital counseling. Her mother and father have been their for her and the baby through thick and thin and proved they love her very much. Bristol and Levi both have a lot of growing up to do, I pray they will get Godly advice and do the right thing. If he truly loves her he will wait to rebuild relationship with her and her family. I sure hope he has a JOB and is not money hungry.

Posted by: Prolifer L at July 14, 2010 12:11 PM


I am sorry your mother was mis-treated Ashley but I had a wonderful mother-in-law who I miss very much because she is now in heaven. I look forward to being a mother-in-love instead of just a mother-in-law someday. I hope the majority of people on this blog have not had horrible experiences with their in-laws.

I am very concerned for Bristol and the baby in this situation. Sneaking back together, secretly getting engaged and not having the blessing of your parents is a very bad sign and bad for the future marriage. Levi needs to grow up, his first sign of "manning up" would have been going to Todd and Sarah and talking to them honestly offering his apology, expressing his desire to reconcile with their daughter and his willingness to work to gain Bristol's, the baby's and her family's trust. Marriage is hard enough, working for "the two of you to become one" and for the best outcome you will need to have the support of your parents and family. Though it is NOT impossible to make it without their help and approval the odds are definitely against you. I pray Bristol and Levi will take it slow, back off rushing through their engagement and get the help they need with Christian pre-marital counseling. Her mother and father have been their for her and the baby through thick and thin and proved they love her very much. Bristol and Levi both have a lot of growing up to do, I pray they will get Godly advice and do the right thing. If he truly loves her he will wait to rebuild relationship with her and her family. I sure hope he has a JOB and is not money hungry.

Posted by: Prolifer L at July 14, 2010 12:17 PM


Did they tell US Weekly before telling their parents? That doesn't bode well.

I wish them all the best, but I don't really trust Levi at all.

Posted by: MaryLee at July 14, 2010 12:17 PM


Oh, my, as a mother myself I also was shocked and concerned about the way in which these two announced their engagement. I agree with those who said the two of them ought to have let the Palins know what they had decided prior to making the announcement. A very long engagement with pre-marital counseling would be advised if the marriage is to last. A baby always benefits from a two parent family, but if that two parent family is not healthy, if there is a lot of conflict at home, what will happen to that little boy? They need continued support from the Palins, who have stepped in and taken care of Bristol and the baby 100%, and to disrespect all of that love and support by keeping the engagement a secret really does not bode well. Levi will need time to demonstrate his willingness to step up and be the father and husband he needs to be in order to raise a healthy and happy son. I hope he is up to it.

Posted by: Sheila Warner at July 14, 2010 1:49 PM


I have been there. I married my baby's father our son turned three. He'd change just long enough for me to forgive him again, which I did over and over. He actually just got sneakier and sneakier but has never changed. Twenty plus years later, he is still behaving the same way with another wife.

I am a firm believer in intact families as well but there is a time you should call it quits. I originally stayed for our baby but he is also one of the reasons I finally left for good. I think
Bristol should run, not walk from this boy/man who is using their child to manipulate her.

This story is absolutely another great example for saving sex until marriage. Men like this won't stick around for marriage if you refuse to have sex with them. Refusing sex until marriage weeds out the immature and users.

Sarah sees him exactly for what he is -- and isn't.

Posted by: Praxedes at July 14, 2010 2:12 PM


1)didn't tell her parents first...not good
2)went to a rag to tell the world they didn't tell her parents first...not good
3)Levi went public weeks ago with his apology to the Palins...good
4)Levi says he has changed because he has a child to protect and provide for...good.
5)Bristol seems to have a better grip on the young man then before...good
6)Both say they have changed and want to raise their boy together as a family...good

Time will tell and we shall see what comes of it...If it's a relationship built on falsehood we will know it will be ALL over the news and everyone can say "See I told you so." And if he does prove to be a good and decent man, husband and father, we won't hear about it...that kind of a story does not sell well.


I say give them our prayers and leave them be. Marriage is hard enough without the whole world looking in on you to watch your next step. Granted they did this themselves bringing the public into their lives but they still deserve to be able to have a try at marriage and a family...since they already have a family.

Posted by: ann marie at July 14, 2010 2:22 PM


I really wish that these young couple would do well in their decision to get married.

But, the guys' a creep...everybody know that. He's lost his 15 minutes of fame and is desperately trying to get it back...and is using everyone and everything to get back into the limelight.

IF they get married AND stay out of the limelight...maybe, just maybe...their marriage would have a chance, and it would prove me wrong.

I really hope I'm wrong...

Posted by: RSD at July 14, 2010 3:21 PM


Posted by: Ashley Herzog at July 14, 2010 10:01 AM

I really see where you're coming from. I did a lot of stupid stuff when I was younger and there are people from my past (classmates from high school) who don't accept that I am a person who is radically different from the person they knew. And I totally agree that kids do better in intact families.

However, I am really hoping that they do have a long engagement just so Bristol can verify that her fiancee has had a true heart-change, and isn't just being selfish and a show-off. I very much hope that things work out for them, but we'll see. If he's still a creep then I hope she ditches him for good.

And I think it would benefit them to not be so much in the public's eye, but that's their choice I suppose.

I married against my parents' wishes, and it turned out all right. My parents wanted me to go to college and have a career before a marriage and children but that's really not what I wanted from life. They love my husband just as much as me, now. I know that parental advice has a lot of value but it's not 100% sometimes, as in my situation. I did what I felt was the right thing for me and my own life.

And BTW, on the subject of in-laws, my mother-in-law is great! Sometimes I get along with her better than I do with my own mother. We have a lot of the same interests and she's a gem. We don't always agree but we still "heart" each other LOL.

Posted by: army_wife at July 14, 2010 3:54 PM


They just want a TV show like her mom......

Who cares...

Posted by: Biggz at July 14, 2010 8:11 PM


Certainly no one honestly believes that the ripe old age of 20 is too old to change.

I mean if you can't turn it around at 20, when can you?

Plenty of people didn't get their act together till they were far older.

I hope for the sake of their son, they really do get it together. That little boy has his whole life ahead of him. It would be great for him to have his dad grow into a man he can respect.

How about some positive energy here people!

Posted by: hippie at July 14, 2010 8:16 PM


Every family has to have a little Jerry Springer action.
Bristol and Levi will supply.... hopefully not too much, for the kid's sake.

Posted by: pharmer at July 15, 2010 10:46 AM


I think before she marries him she should first observe for a reasonable amount of time what type of father he is to their little boy. To expect a magical change once their married is not using good judgement. I do believe he loves her but their is nothing like time to prove that.

Posted by: myrtle miller at July 17, 2010 8:02 PM


I think everyone's assessment of Levi is correct- but I don't think much of Bristol either. Perhaps they are made for each other.

Posted by: Jacqueline at July 19, 2010 5:58 PM



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