Sarah Palin and her husband Todd are getting a divorce. Beyond a doubt. Right?
A reputable magazine like Star would never report this if Sarah and Todd's marriage weren't in turmoil, leaving the parents of five on the brink of a split, would it?
According to Star's coverage of their "disintegrating union," Todd and Sarah are sleeping apart, arguing 24/7 and losing control of their party-animal daughters!
"Sarah and Todd fight all the time," says Mercede Johnston, sister of Levi Johnston, ex-boyfriend and baby mama of Sarah's eldest daughter, Bristol Palin.
"When they do, Todd ends up sleeping on the couch at their home in Wasilla. Bristol used to tell Levi that her parents would argue and bicker over the littlest things, like who was supposed to take out the trash or wash the dishes."
Levi Johnston, the father of 7-month-old son Tripp with Bristol, also spoke this week about Sarah Palin's marital problems, which he said have been happening "from day one," and blamed for her decision to resign as governor of Alaska.
Todd Palin is "tired of living a lie." Star, on the other hand, thrives on it.
The Palins shot down the previous batch of divorce rumors, for the record. But fueled by Sarah's resignation as governor, similar stories continue to dog the pair.
Now Mercede Johnston predicts: "If they ended their marriage within the next year, I wouldn't be surprised. It really seems it's just a sham for the cameras now!"
Another possibility, an "Alaskan insider" tells Star, is that with Sarah Palin's new book deal in place, "she might even come to some financial agreement for him to stay with her and give the impression of a loving husband."
This source then calls them the "Jon and Kate Gosselin of politics!"
The comparison may not be too off-base. Like the TLC reality stars, Todd and Sarah have a brood to worry about, and the worries keep growing amid new scandal.
Star says 15-year-old daughter Willow Palin was drinking vodka and smoking pot at a house party, "her eyes getting more and more glazed as the night went on."
We hope the magazine has some good lawyers on retainer.