Palin's Ex Has No Regrets, May Reconcile With Bristol
Levi Johnston says he has "no regrets" and hopes to get back with Bristol.
March 16, 2009 -- Though Bristol Palin and former fiance Levi Johnston broke up "a week, two weeks," he said the nation's most famous teen parents could reconcile.
"We've both had our tough times with each other and we'll see what happens. I mean, I'd like to get back together with her — I don't know what she's thinking — one day, but whatever happens, happens. I mean, I'll still be there for the kid, still help her out, that kind of thing," Johnston, 19, said in an exclusive interview Friday at his Wasilla, Alaska, home with Neal Karlinsky of "Good Morning America."
The interview was the first time Johnston described the circumstances of his split with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's eldest daughter and talked about becoming a father.
Johnston said that he and Bristol Palin remain close friends who speak frequently and that he still believes the pair could end up walking down the aisle someday in the future.
"We'll see, we'll see how it is," the 19-year-old said. "We'll just remain friends for now. We're both cool with that decision, and we'll see."
Johnston said that the decision to end the relationship was mutual, but that it has been somewhat difficult for him.
"When she's in town I go see the baby and we hang out for a little bit," Johnston said.
He added that he didn't feel any pressure from the Palin family or used by them.
"They're good people," he said. "They don't push me, you know. They kind of — they don't really tell us what to do, they don't tell us, you know, they're good people. So I like 'em."
According to Johnston, there was no major rift that served as a catalyst for the split, rather the two were evaluating their relationship, which turned into a breakup.
"We both kind of were like, 'That would probably just be better for now. We're young; we'll see what happens,'" Johnston said. "I don't know. Maybe we'll get back together. That's part of the plan. We'll see."
He said he didn't really want to break up with Bristol Palin.
"We were just, we were in a fight," he said. "And trying to see if we can make things work, but this is what it kind of ended up turning into. But we'll see what happens."
Johnston said he felt they needed time to grow up before following through on marriage plans.
"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," said Johnston, who said he's currently not dating anyone. "I think we both need some changes and growing up, but yeah, I think we can make it work."
The revelation differs from what Bristol Palin told Greta Van Susteren of Fox News last month about the pair's wedding plans.
"Eventually, we'd like to get married," the girl told Van Susteren. "We're focusing on getting through school though, getting a career going."
Bristol Palin gave birth to a son, Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, on Dec. 27, 2008.