Levi Johnston says he wasn’t ‘mature enough’ to marry Bristol Palin


Levi Johnston gave an impromptu press conference last week, saying that he and Bristol Palin had broken up “a while ago”. This weekend Gov. Sarah Palin, Bristol’s mother, gave a brief statement about her daughter, saying that she was “doing great”. But it looks like that wasn’t all we had to hear about this whole situation. Levi has given an interview to Good Morning America, in what I can only guess is an attempt to clear the air and come out of the situation looking like the good guy.

Levi says that he wasn’t “mature enough” and that he and Bristol decided it would be “better for us to separate for a while.” He also messes with the timeline again. Last week, Levi claimed that they had split “a while ago” and now he’s saying they split “a week, two weeks ago”. I don’t think two weeks is “a while,” but whatever, Levi. People has more:

Nineteen-year-old Levi Johnston, the former fiancé of Bristol Palin and father to her child, has had to grow up fast, but says in a new interview that he needs to “mature” before considering marriage.

“It’s just us not, me not being mature enough, or something, and having a kid and thinking … it could be better – better for us to separate for a while,” Johnston, 19, said in an exclusive interview at his Alaska home with Neal Karlinsky of Good Morning America.

As for whether a reconciliation with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter is possible, he said, “We’ll see how it is … We’ll just remain friends for now. We’re both cool with that decision, and we’ll see.”

Of the break-up that happened “a week, two weeks” ago, Johnston admitted, “We were just, we were in a fight. And trying to see if we can make things work. But this is what it kind of ended up turning into.”

Palin, 18, gave birth to a son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, on Dec. 27, and Johnston says he sees his son regularly – and it has changed his life.

“I’d give anything for [Tripp], to be with him,” he said. “[There are] a lot of changes when you’re a father, when you hold him for the first time, you know. I don’t do a lot of things I used to anymore, I’ll tell you that.”

He added: “Yeah, [I'm] growing up a lot. So, it’s fun. It’s good times.”

Asked if he felt any pressure from the Palin family, Johnston said, “No, not at all.”

[From People]

So Levi didn’t feel any pressure to marry Bristol? Perhaps not in the long run. In the short-term, during the campaign, I’d say he was definitely being pushed into marriage, or at least saying that he would marry Bristol at some point. After the election, maybe the Palin family gave the meth-dealing Johnston family a second look and decided that they were “white trash” who would destroy the their own political future.


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  1. julia says:

    Good for him for being mature enough to realize (whether completely on his own or with someone smarter encouraging it) to wait…. Marriage at 19 rarely works out

  2. Tia says:

    yeeeeee hawwww, but you know he is enough of a redneck hillbilly white trash piece of sh** to be with her.. fits right in with the Palin’s…


  3. KateNonymous says:

    I think that for current people of his age, “a week, two weeks” is “a while.”

  4. Annie says:

    He isn’t mature enough?! Omg. What a shocker.

    Not that being only 19 and knocking up your 17 year old girlfriend wasn’t enough of an indicator of his “maturity”….I’m glad he cleared that up. We were so confused. *rolls eyes*

  5. KansasRefugee says:

    Too bad for little Tripp (who had no say in the matter but like every kid needs a stable mom and dad who get along) that Levi did not recognize his immaturity before (a) having unprotected sex and (b) with Bristol taking on responsibility for raising a child.

  6. Hieronymus Grex says:

    That and her family is a bunch of right-wing, gun-toting, bible-humping rednecks.

  7. Granger says:

    Must be nice to be able to play the “immaturity” card when you have a baby to take care of. So in other words, now Levi gets to sleep comfy in his own bed at night, go out with his friends on Friday evenings, or go off to school or to work wherever he wants, while Bristol puts her young life on hold to take care of his child. I’m not saying she was any less to blame for their situation — nor do I think they should get married just because they have a kid. But it is sad that it’s always the girl in these situations who has to deal more with the consequences.

  8. mel says:

    Ditto Julia. They are too young and she’s not the only teen in America to become preggs out of wedlock. I actually think she will be a good mother and hopefully she has learned a valuable lesson of not having sex before marriage.

  9. Spoonman55 says:

    Anyone who thinks that grandma former VP candidate Sarah wasn’t behind their breakup is living in a fantasy world.

    This right wing clueless woman has done everything she can to salvage her political career and will continue to do so. Anyone in her way including this clueless young man, Levi, will be thrown’ under the bus’ in an attempt to hide her inadequacies as a mother and leader.

    Does anyone really believe Levi was able to get on Good Morning America on his own-common people smell the roses and realize the truth that this is part of the big Republican machine in limiting collateral damage to grandma’s Sarah reputation as a ‘good mother’-HA!!!

    Levi could care less about the bimbo Bristol-hey they had sex and had a baby. Not the first time anyone has done that and won’t be the last. He does seem to have owned up to the responsibility of being part of his son’s life as a father. However he seems to be doing this interview to help grandma Sarah more than salvaging his reputation as a 19 year old single father. Like he really cares about the latter???

  10. daisy424 says:

    @spoonman, Anyone who thinks that grandma former VP candidate Sarah wasn’t behind their breakup is living in a fantasy world.

    Obviously you live in a fantasy world or don’t have adult children.
    I have 5 and guess what….They make their own decisions. Shocking isn’t it?

  11. LilyBme says:

    good grief…this isn’t celebrity news.
    Leave these young people ALONE! many do admire them for having the little guy…nasty gossip rots people hearts.

  12. Sarah says:

    “Does anyone really believe Levi was able to get on Good Morning America on his own”

    Yes; I bet they’ve been calling him along with other media outlets since this news broke.

  13. gg says:

    spoonman, you know all these people, do you? You know he never cared for Bristol? Come on …

  14. IvyMades says:

    Wow… All the jabs at Levi have me floored..

    Fine, dramatic sarcarsm aside this not ‘mature enough’ mime has Sarah Palin’s PAWS all over it!! Like he thought of those words himself.. Geez. This kid didn’t even finish high school. Bristol had no designs to marry Levi and vice versa. From the very start this farce was engineered by Sarah for DAMAGE CONTROL.

    Levi isn’t the villain in this. Nor is Bristol. These are two kids whose parents FAILED to guide them. WORSE, is Grandma Palin decided to use them for political points.

    You betcha! ;-)

  15. Judy says:

    Well it took 2 to create this baby and it should take 2 to raise it. This kid has problems with his mother and it does not make him white trash or any trash at all. He is not resdposible for the sins of his parents period.
    I think Sara is behind this, she can get a babysitter 2 for the price of one. She didnt exactly set a great example to her kids by being pg when she got married, she had premarital sex so why cant the daughters??
    Either way I dont think they have any right keeping hoim from his son whom they insisted on naming such a stupid name (mother and daughter) This kid hasnt even finished High School and Pallins are dragging him around and the daughter too. They should be in school getting an education and trying to work this mess out and the parents need to stay out of it. I am quite sure she had this baby because her mother forced her to ,no matter what she said.
    Anyways, I bet 99 percent of the women in heer had sex before they were married and many were already pregnant beofre they got married too, so dont be sticking your noses up in the air because YOU DIDNT GET CAUGHT lol

  16. Jane says:

    My friends make fun of me for being a 20 year old virgin.

    Well, I am GLAD I am because I don’t want to end up in their shoes.

    fuck off unvirgin friends

  17. viper says:

    He’s mature enough to NOT marry her? So Im guessing knocking her up to start with was really responcible.

  18. Zac says:

    Do any of you have spell-check or even a basic grasp of the English language? Your spelling is AWFUL, you write like children.

  19. Leo P says:

    Well, at least he’s honest. I’d rather he admit this than go through with the marriage and pretend that everything’s all la-di-da wonderful.

  20. Baholicious says:

    @Zac: It’s the weekend. The usual above-average levels of spelling, grammar, punctuation and general coherence are expected to resume around 9am Monday, Eastern Standard Time.

  21. Baholicious says:

    LOL at myself. It’s Monday…long weekend threw me a curve ;-)

  22. eternalcanadian says:

    oh sure, you’re not mature enough to get married but you’re mature enough to have children? it just irks me the way teenagers have no regard for responsibility or marriage. bleh.

  23. me says:

    you people are sick. yeah right wingers are nuts because they dont beleive in burning babies alive and tearing their limbs apart

  24. barneslr says:

    Too bad he wasn’t mature enough to keep it in his pants.

    I love how people come to these revelations AFTER taking actions that are life changing and irreversible.

    He doesn’t get to be “not mature enough” anymore. That opportunity has passed. Now he has to man up and take care of the child that he helped create and hopefully get back together with the child’s mother. It would be the best thing for all involved.

    Time to grow up and take responsibility–and I mean for both of them, not just him.

  25. tClarke says:

    I think that the majority of you all dont have an idea of what they may be going through.
    Im 20 years old, a United States Marine, and when I was 19, I impregnated my 17 year old girlfriend as well. I had a great childhood, came from a very good family. I was raised with good values and good morals, and have reached success in everything that I have done. So my childhood, or “lack of a good parental guide” didnt make my decision to have sex with a girl that I had been dating for 9 months. Teenagers are going to explore, no matter what restrictions or whose eyes are on them, and mistakes are bound to happen.
    So if Levi has grasped the situation at hand, and is there for his son and is attempting to be a good contribution to the child’s life, then good on him. Sex is a mutual decision, usually, as it was in this case, and they knew that having unprotected sex could possibly lead to this. The risk was clearly worth the gain in their minds, and that is their decision. None of yours. So get off their backs and let them live their life without you breathing down their neck about something that doesnt concern you in the least. Gracious.