Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson Break Up

Fox News is reporting that Bristol Palin, the daughter of Alaska governor and former GOP VP canddiate Sarah Palin, and Levi Johnson, the father of Bristol’s baby Tripp, have called it quits.

From the story: reported Wednesday that sources said the split between Bristol Palin, 18, and Levi Johnston, 19 occurred a few weeks ago, and Johnston confirmed to the Associated Press that he and Bristol mutually decided to end their relationship “a while ago.” He did not elaborate.

Palin said in a statement to the Associated Press that she is “devastated.”

The young Palin told FOX News’ Greta van Susteren that they intended to get married after they both finished high school.”

People Magazine reports: “The split happened “a few weeks ago,” according to a source close to the couple, but it’s unclear what precipitated it. “It was a mutual thing,” adds the source.

Bristol, the 18-year-old daughter of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, spoke with FOX News in February and told Greta Van Susteren that she and Levi – who are parents to 2-month-old son, Tripp – expected to get married after they completed high school.

“It kind of just happened,” says the source, referring to the split. “I thought they would stick it out. But I think they can work together to raise Tripp.”

“I’m not sure what caused [them to break up] – it’s common knowledge,” says another source who knows the family.”


While I’m sad this couple didn’t even loast long enough to get to the alter, all I can think of is how much removing that tattoo of “Bristol” from his ring finger is going to smart when Levi has it done.


  17 comments for “Bristol Palin and Levi Johnson Break Up

  1. oc'er
    March 11, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    And the point of the post? Is this news or a tabloid? What does this have to do with the political world?

  2. March 12, 2009 at 11:49 am

    It’s news; Palin made a big deal out of the fact her then pregnant daughter would be marrying the baby’s father to please the conservative Christian right.

  3. Anna Hall
    March 12, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Why do you care if they broke up it’s none of your buissness. Bristol and Levi breaking up has nothing to do with Sarah. People need to stop making a big deal out of everything that someone says. The people that do make a big deal out of everythinf are the people that need to get a life.

  4. March 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    People Magazine, Fox News and the Associated Press all felt this was newsworthy and it is.

    So Anna, why don’t you complain to those people, especially those mean and nasty folks at where I picked this tidbit up. Fair and Balanced, right?

  5. OC'er
    March 13, 2009 at 1:26 am

    It is tabloid journalism at the worst. Who cares who did it otherwise? It is not news, but rather nasty and mean and, further, it undermines your credibility as an open-minded liberal thinker. Would it be in here if it was your daughter? Finally, I would hardly compare this site to AP, Fox or People.

  6. March 13, 2009 at 10:48 am

    This family, by accident or by design, are not private citizens. They are public figures, some of them at least, and that necessarily changes the rules.

    Sarah Palin, an elected official, preaches — oops, advocates — abstinence only. For evidence of that concept being ineffective in preventing pre-marital sex and unwanted pregnancy, one needs look no further than the Palin household. That makes it news.

    Bristol Palin was a minor at the time she conceived her child. Consequently, in some states, there is exposure to charges of statutory rape, even when consensual. Some states also have laws about corrupting the morals of a minor. That makes it news.

    Candidate Palin conspicuously paraded her underage and obviously pregnant daughter across nearly every stage from which she spoke, putting the daughter very much in the public eye. That makes it news.

    Sarah Palin announced to the world that the kids would be married; thus, as the saying used to go, Levi was going to make an honest woman out of Bristol. Now they announce they’re not getting married (big surprise). That makes it news.

    But I suppose none of that matters when the people involved include a perky hockey mom conservative Republican candidate for national office. People like that get a moral and legal pass on the things we mere mortals must abide by. It sort of reminds me of a phrase I heard as a child: Do as I say, not as I do.

    That also makes it news, even for such a modest outlet as this blog.

  7. Bud
    March 13, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Hey folks GET A LIFE

  8. March 13, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    First time I have ever heard of AP referred to as tabloid journalism. Bill pretty much nails all of the reasons why this is newsworthy. Bud..we all have lives and this is news; and yes, it makes Sarah Palin a hypocrite. OCer, when my daughter has my bastard grandchild (she’s 9 BTW), I will get back to you with how I feel about it.

  9. OC'er
    March 14, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I agree with Bud. It is hardly news. Dan, all the more reason you ought to want your child to grow up in a more tolerant world. Posting something like that does nothing but heat up the embers for emotionalism. Rationalize all you like, but the daughter of Sarah Palin is not a public figure. Take exception to her mother’s philosophies, but in an adult manner. The entire Liberal OC Blog is prone to emotional extremism and you all are rapidly losing the interest of those who are moderates such as myself.

  10. Bud
    March 14, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Thank you ocer Dan you of all people should reflect on your emotional outbursts poor you

  11. March 14, 2009 at 9:00 am

    It is news. AP ran it. Fox News ran it. People ran it. Others have run with the story. Bristol IS a public figure and was held up to conservatives as a girl who was going to do the right thing and marry the father of her child.

    If you go back to the orginal post here, I reported a straight headline with a factual lede and attributed much of the details to the reporting from other MSM reports.

  12. OC'er
    March 15, 2009 at 1:30 am

    It is a vindictive post at best. It might have been news during the election, but Palin lost and further efforts to discredit are nonsensical. Sorry, Dan, the other people ran the story defense sounds like a poor emotional rationalization. The emotional edge appears too often on this blog from my perspective.

  13. March 15, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Re-read the post. If I take a shot at anyone, it’s Levi. And sorry you feel that this post was somehow unfair. It’s a national story. Did you go to the Fox News site and to complain about their coverage?

  14. OC'er
    March 17, 2009 at 12:28 am

    It must be a very comfortable world you live in. It is not news, but rather a form of gossip journalism. I expected more locally.

  15. March 17, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I am very comfortable with the decision to post this item.

  16. Jamie Royston
    March 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    I know I’m a little behind on finding out this news, even though some are arguing as to whether or not it is news at all. This comment is for OC’ER: Take a break and let it go. Everything you’re ‘charging’ against others in your comments is exactly what you’re doing. If you think it’s gossip, don’t take part in it. If it’s not newsworthy in your opinion, stop taking the time to argue with Dan. You are claiming about the ’emotionalism,’ yet you are filled with some sort of emotions that has caused you to go back and forth on this. What gives? Walk away…

  17. Bud
    March 27, 2009 at 2:21 pm


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