last month that Levi Johnston might be rekindling his relationship with Bristol Palin were given a bit more credence Tuesday when he offered a public apology to her family for critical statements about them "that were not completely true."
The 20-year-old Johnston told People
magazine he was "unhappy and a little angry" when he and Bristol Palin broke up last year, after fathering a baby boy named Tripp.
"Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true," the father of Sarah Palin's grandson told the magazine. "I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize."
Johnston became tabloid fodder after his public breakup, badmouthing Sarah Palin in interviews and painting her as an uncaring opportunist eager for fame. He told Vanity Fair
that Palin moped around after her vice presidential campaign loss and complained that her job as governor was "too hard."
"A week or two after she got back she started talking about how nice it would be to quit and write a book or do a show and make 'triple the money.' She would blatantly say, 'I want to just take this money and quit being governor,' " Johnston said last fall.
Palin, who stepped down as governor last year, shot back at Johnston in the press, blasting him for posing in Playgirl and for his sex talk on Tyra Banks' television show.
The tone was different Tuesday, with Johnston remorseful about his past cattiness, which he called a "youthful indiscretion."
"I hope one day to restore your trust," he said to the Palins.
Sarah Palin did not comment Tuesday, but Bristol released her own statement: "Part of co-parenting is creating healthy and honest relationships between the parents. Tripp one day needs to know the truth and needs to know that even if a mistake is made the honorable thing to do is to own up to it."