Bristol Palin Wanted Levi Johnston to Work 'His Butt Off' to Finish School, Get a Job

Bristol Palin told "GMA" that she wanted Levi Johnston to be more like her dad.

ByABC News via GMA logo
August 3, 2010, 12:08 PM

Aug. 4, 2010— -- A day after Bristol Palin announced her engagement to Levi Johnston was off -- again -- she said she wanted her ex to be more like her dad, who "works his butt off."

"It is true that I wanted Levi to be at home, complete his education and get a regular job," Palin told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive statement. "Levi told me he wanted the same thing."

The couple's tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship became decidedly off Tuesday when Palin, 19, said Johnston may have fathered a child with another teenage girl. The news, she told People magazine, came the same day last month that they went public with their rekindled romance.

Now, it seems, the war of words between the young parents has picked up again after a brief respite.

"I see that Levi's representative said I expected Levi to be more like my dad. Exactly," Palin said in her statement to "GMA."

"My dad works his butt off and always put his family first. Every woman should want a husband like that," she said. "That is what I expected from Levi."

Palin, mom to 19-month-old Tripp, didn't name the young woman she believes is pregnant with Johnston's child. Rumors swirled last week that Johnston, 20, had impregnated his former girlfriend, Lanesia Garcia. But Garcia, 20, told Saturday that those reports are "not true at all."

Palin claims she has only seen Johnston once in the past three weeks. What eventually pushed her away were his fame-hungry ways.

"The final straw was him flying to Hollywood for what he told me was to see some hunting show but come to find out it was that music video mocking my family," she told People. "He's just obsessed with the limelight and I got played."

But she hasn't lost hope that she'll find love and a man to be a father for Tripp.

"I have faith that I'll find it," she told People. "Through this whole experience I know I need a man who's going to be completely honest with me and someone who loves me and Tripp and wants to be with him all the time. I also want someone who has religious beliefs and a good family."