They're a couple again. Sarah Palin daughter's Bristol and Levi Johnston, the father of their 18-month-old son, say they are engaged
after an awkward and often ugly breakup. And they haven't told their parents yet.
Bristol Palin, featured (with Johnston) on the cover of Us Weekly holding son Tripp, told the magazine the thought of telling her mom -- the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate -- was "intimidating and scary." They hope to marry later this summer in Alaska.
Sarah Palin and her husband, Todd, issued a statement to NBC's "Today" show Tuesday saying that they want what's best for their children and that Bristol believes in "redemption and forgiveness."
Johnston recently apologized
to the Palins for critical things he said about them during the breakup that he now says were untrue. The couple apparently reconnected while working out a custody plan for Tripp.
"I really thought we were over," Levi told the magazine -- which had an exclusive arrangement with the couple -- of the custody meeting. "So when I went, I had no hope. I think we both just started talking -- and then we took Tripp for a walk."
Added Bristol, "When he left that night, we didn't hug or kiss, but I was thinking how different it was. He texted me: 'I miss you. I love you. I want to be with you again.' . . . I was in shock."
Johnston may have a tough time making himself welcome in the Palin family. Last fall he took numerous well-publicized swipes at his future mother-in-law, claiming she had called her infant son Trig (who has Down syndrome) "retarded." The former Alaska governor responded that anyone who posed for Playgirl – as Levi had done -- would "say and do anything for even more attention." In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, she dubbed him "Ricky Hollywood" and called his "aspiring porn" career "heartbreaking."