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Bristol and Levi break up again


Levi and Bristol are busted up, again. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Well, so much for that: Three weeks after they announced their surprise re-engagement (via Us Weekly, before even telling her mom), Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are off-again, she confirmed to People magazine.

"He's just obsessed with the limelight," the 19-year-old mom said in a teary interview, "and I got played."

The split follows days of tabloid allegations that the most famous 20-year-old babydaddy in America had possibly fathered a child by another young woman -- later denied by a pregnant ex of Johnston's, though Palin told the magazine his acknowledgment he might be the daddy created a strain, exacerbated when he flew to L.A. to film a music video that poked fun at his ties to Sarah Palin's clan.

But Johnston's lawyer told us he doubts the couple is truly broken up for good. "These young folk have a lot of pressure on them right now," said Rex Butler. "All you have to do is watch that show 'Bridezillas' -- it's on and off, on and off, depending on the pressures."

Butler denied the couple's unlikely reconciliation this summer -- following a a year of public feuding -- was motivated by profit, though it's believed they were paid well for the Us Weekly exclusive. But he offered his own armchair psychology: "Bristol, if she's going to be honest, she doesn't want him in Hollywood ..... She wants him to sort of be like Todd Palin in the background while she does the running around. Levi on the other hand is not ready to settle into that role while he has other options."

Palin told People she'd seen her boyfriend only once in the past three weeks, leaving her heartbroken and humiliated. So where is Levi? "He's around," Butler told us. "He's around."

By Amy Argetsinger  |  August 3, 2010; 4:45 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , Sarah Palin  | Tags: Palin  
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You've printed this nonstory on President Obama's blog. Why?

Does Obama have a comment?

Is Obama the baby daddy?

Why is this on Obama's blog?

Posted by: jiji1 | August 5, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Per alesterp: "Who cares? ...The media is making irrelevant people seem relevant... Why is she being covered at all...because she's Sarah Palin's daughter? ... Give us some relevant news."
Since there were some nasty references to Sarah Palin buried in there, I guess the same issue applies to the wasted time covering Chelsea Clinton's marriage. Again...who cares? We've got significant issues and behind the scene deals going on in Washington DC that would benefit from press coverage that is applied to keep our leadership honest and accountable. Where's the truth behind the many failed initiatives in congress? Doesn't anyone have the "cajones" (sorry, I know that's now a Palin word, as truthful as it is) to demand the truth from guys like Cong. Weiner on why an obviously supportable issue failed, rather than display him as a noble and upstanding supporter of the afflicted? Please start being investigative reporters and stay away from the People Magazine entertainment. There are some first tier reporters at the Post - the goal of every aspiring young reporter should be to join their ranks and avoid association with tabloid writing. You should want to be better than that. Nay your readers deserve better.

Posted by: mitch_va | August 4, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Per alesterp: "Who cares? ...The media is making irrelevant people seem relevant... Why is she being covered at all...because she's Sarah Palin's daughter? ... Give us some relevant news."
Since there were some nasty references to Sarah Palin buried in there, I guess the same issue applies to the wasted time covering Chelsea Clinton's marriage. Again...who cares? We've got significant issues and behind the scene deals going on in Washington DC that would benefit from press coverage that is applied to keep our leadership honest and accountable. Where's the truth behind the many failed initiatives in congress? Doesn't anyone have the "cajones" (sorry, I know that's now a Palin word, as truthful as it is) to demand the truth from guys like Cong. Weiner on why an obviously supportable issue failed, rather than display him as a noble and upstanding supporter of the afflicted? Please start being investigative reporters and stay away from the People Magazine entertainment. There are some first tier reporters at the Post - the goal of every aspiring young reporter should be to join their ranks and avoid association with tabloid writing. You should want to be better than that. Nay your readers deserve better.

Posted by: mitch_va | August 4, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

And has Sasha had her first menstrual period?

Give us a break WaPo -- and focus on the crooks in Congress and in the Marxists in the Administation!

Posted by: rethman | August 4, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Washington Post obviously has a lot of spare ink and paper to run this tid bit. Get real W.P.O

Posted by: Leo10 | August 4, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? The media is making two very irrelevant people seem relevant. There are hard-working single mothers out there who should have this type of coverage because the job they're doing makes them worth it...not Bristol Palin. Why is she being covered at all...because she's Sarah Palin's daughter? Who is Sarah Palin except some job quitting-lie spreading-fear mongering-money grabbing-failed political candidate who the media is still following...why? I can't think of any other failed politician who has ever received this much press. For some of us, we've had enough of Bristol & Levi and of course, enough of Sarah. Give us some relevant news.

Posted by: alesterp | August 4, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

The events around this story are VERY weird....

So they were 17/18 and sleeping together 10 feet away from Mom and Dad's bedroom, had the baby, split up, got back together, did not tell Mom or Dad, made the deal with the mag and did the quick photos and interview...got the check for over $100,000...and three later weeks split...

Sounds like the decision making that Mom would make..."give me the money"..oh ya..then she moves back into the house with Mom and Dad...

And this woman/girl wants $35,000 a speach to younger girls on making the decisions of life...maybe she should write a book to and hit the book trail like Mom.

As a parent, of two grown and successful children, all I can say is that the lessons learned in the Palin household were a heck of a lot different that we taught in ours..thank God

I've always looked at the examples and lessons that the parents use in teaching their children as they grow up...looks like we are getting more than we need to know about the Palins skills in parenting.

No wonder Sarah is the first sitting Governor to resign for a reason other than persoanl health or crimminal issues.

Just think...40% of the people in this country want her to be President.

Lord help us.

Posted by: meyer390 | August 4, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It seems to me that Bristol Palin loves any kind of publicity, just like her own mother, Sarah Palin. Bristol and Sarah Palin,obviously, don't mind publicizing their "dirty laundry",or showing to the world how crazy,unintelligent and dysfunctional they are, as long as they get paid thousands of dollars. I am sure,their next strategy to make more money will be to have their own reality show.

Posted by: fridaolay | August 3, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

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