Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston were first thrust into the public eye in August, 2008, when John Mc Cain announced that he had chosen his Vice Presidential running mate -- Sarah Palin.A media frenzy ensued where everything about Sarah Palin was dragged into the spotlight, including her five children.Levi and Bristol had both been made over (thanks to Nieman Marcus most likely), and they looked the happy young couple with matching engagement tattoos on their wedding fingers.They even spoke to the press about how keeping the baby and getting married was all their decision. Mc Cain lost the election, and while not everyone blamed Sarah Palin, a lot of people did.He had a My Space page where he described himself as a "f---ing redneck" and clearly stated: "I don’t want kids." Pictures showed him flipping the bird to the camera and carrying guns.It was the kind of thing you would think would be set to private The public got its first glimpse of Levi at the Republican National Convention where he showed up to dutifully hold hands with Bristol while his would-be mother-in-law made her big national debut.40) Later, Mike confronts Bristol in the hallway of her high school—where he is an assistant coach—and calls her a “fucking bitch” under his breath. 43)First Kiss Right after spring break in 2006, with a million thoughts swirling in her head related to her mother’s gubernatorial campaign and her uncle’s infidelity, Levi approaches Bristol and invites her to go check out his hockey game seven hours away. 48) Despite the cheesiness of the line, Levi’s words “melted my heart”—that is, until the very next day, when Bristol confronts Levi about a girl he’s texting.A few days later, he invites her to the movies, and after the film, leans in to kiss Bristol. “Of course, he was texting a girl—because he was with that girl when I wasn’t around,” recalls Bristol.
In the back of Levi’s red pickup truck are “firearms for protection against wildlife, and lots of alcohol.” At this point, young Bristol hadn’t had a sip of alcohol, and especially “didn’t know that the girly flavored wine coolers were just as likely to get you drunk as the hard stuff.” (Pg.2) Bristol proceeds to down wine cooler after wine cooler, as she “slowly surrendered to their woozy charms.” (Pg.3) Levi keeps replacing her finished wine coolers with new ones, and soon Bristol hits “that awful wall” that takes her from a “happy buzz” into “the dark abyss of drunkenness.” (Pg.And while the nation was still celebrating the election of Barack Obama, Bristol quietly gave birth to Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston on December 27, 2008. Bristol and Levi lasted about three months after that and ended their engagement in March, 2009. It came as a total shock when Bristol confirmed that after spending time together with their son Tripp, she and Levi had decided to get married after all.A custody battle ensued with lots of finger pointing and even more rumors. The news broke in July, 2010, after Bristol had moved out of her parents' Wasilla, Alaska, home and into a condominium in Anchorage.