July 14th, 2010
04:18 PM ET
Finally, a wedding is in the works for America's favorite Alaskan family.
According to Us Weekly, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston have secretly been engaged for two weeks. Bristol told the magazine they are hoping their parents will "jump on board."
But given the couple's rocky past with both families hurling accusations, it's probably wise that the lovebirds try to head down the aisle quickly. So, in honor of the wedding that hopefully won't get canceled this time, we're going to recap the verbal ping-pong that led to Levi putting a ring on it.
Let's begin in mid-2009, when we met Levi's sister and mom Sherry Johnston (who was facing drug charges at the time) on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” Levi displayed a smidge of sadness and remorse about his relationship with the Palin's which had grown frosty. He was, he insisted, the unfortunate victim of political scandal.
We were also treated to a close up of the quintessential relationship faux pax: the tattoo of "Bristol" on his ring finger. Whoops!
Six months later, absence hadn't made the heart grow fonder. Levi said he was "over it” and claimed he had dirt on Governor Palin that could - if he wanted to – damage her image. (Even more so than her Katie Couric interview, we think he meant.)
But Sarah Palin seemed ready to bury the hatchet in November - inviting Levi to Thanksgiving dinner during an appearance on the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” Yet Levi was still basking in his seemingly extended 15 minutes of fame. Who needed the Palin family when you're all set with your own reality TV show? And girls...lots of girls.
Flash forward and - wait, what? An apology?
Well, the apology all makes sense now that - after several intimate text messages according to their story– Bristol and Levi are back together. And what better way to break the news to mom than to reveal it in Us Weekly?
In a statement from the Palin family on the engagement of Bristol and Levi, her mom and dad said, "Bristol, at 19, is now a young adult. As parents we obviously want what is best for our children, but Bristol is ultimately in charge of determining what is best for her and her beautiful son.”
Ahhh, young love!
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