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In her interview with People about breaking off her engagement to Levi Johnston, 19-year-old single mom Bristol Palin said, "I got played." We know how she feels. Palin and Johnston announced their intention to get hitched less than a month ago, and it certainly smacked of a publicity stunt: first, Levi issues a public apology to Bristol's mom, then the pair pops up on the cover of Us Weekly, then the reality show rumors take off. Yes, it was said that Sarah Palin didn't approve. Yes, Levi was still as much of a fame-whore as ever. But we were ready to believe love was a factor. And surely, Sarah would show up to the wedding at the last minute, scoop little Tripp Palin into her arms, and give a speech about the power of forgiveness and family. And image-savvy Grandma Sarah would have a perfect little nuclear family at her side during her next campaign.
But Bristol and Levi were doomed from the start -- and not because of politics or the media. Levi allegedly fooled around with other girls and was too tied up in his own ambitions (like being an actor) to focus on his new family. And it probably had something to do with Levi's Facebook page, and/or his sister's angry blog. In other words: typical teenage stuff. Despite being famous by association, Bristol and Levi aren't celebrities with savvy Hollywood managers. At the end of the day, they're just kids. Levi was irresponsible, Bristol was mistrustful (although perhaps with good reason) and clearly, neither's ready for a long-term commitment to one another.
If Bristol really did break up with Levi of her own accord (and not just at her mother's bidding), that's a pretty mature thing to do. Maybe Bristol was smart enough to realize that it's not enough to fake a happy ending for the tabloids -- you have to own your own mistakes. If so, she's well on her way to becoming a grown-up. Here's hoping she and Levi can make peace enough to agree on the long-term parenting commitment they now need to make to their baby son.
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