Those crazy Palin kids. Bristol Palin announced her secret engagement to Levi Johnston on the cover of US Weekly. “We got engaged two weeks ago. It felt right, even though we don’t have the approval of our parents,” Bristol told the magazine.
That’s right, Bristol and Levi have been engaged for weeks (three months, reportedly), but Sarah Palin found out along with the rest of us. “It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be,” Bristol told the magazine. “Hopefully she will jump on board.”
So what was Mama Palin’s reaction?
First, let’s take a step back and review. Bristol and Levi conceived baby Tripp. They got engaged. Presidential campaign, yada yada yada, they broke up. Then Levi went a little nuts with his newfound celebrity. From US Weekly:
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.”
Sarah Palin’s public reaction was quite measured. This morning she and husband Todd Palin read a statement 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.”
Can you hear it? That quiet seething? She’s furious, but there will be no public tantrums coming from the Palin camp.
Bristol and Levi say that the engagement came about naturally. They were discussing custody, they spent some time alone with Tripp together, and things just happened. I believe them. But some are saying this is nothing more than PR for the Palin family. What do you think?