We got engaged two weeks ago,” Bristol says. “It felt right, even though we don’t have the approval of our parents.”
Bristol, 19, and Levi, 20 – who had called off their previous engagement two weeks after welcoming son Tripp in December 2008 – reconnected three months ago while working out a custody plan for their 18-month-old son.
The teen mom says she’s scared of her mother’s reaction. “It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be,” Bristol says. “Hopefully she will jump on board.”
Sarah Palin has made no secret of her feelings for Levi. He provoked a fury last fall when he claimed that the former vice presidential candidate called her infant son Trig (who has Down syndrome) “retarded.” She fired back, publicly stating that anyone who posed for Playgirl would “say and do anything for even more attention.” Later, during an interview on The Oprah Winfrey Show, she dubbed him “Ricky Hollywood” and called his “aspiring porn” career “heartbreaking.”
So how does mama feel about the engagement? In reaction to the cover story, Sarah and her husband Todd released the following statement to the Today show on Wednesday morning:
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.”