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Yesterday, we reported the joyous engagement of the previously-engaged, then estranged, then reconciled tandem from Alaska, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston.

It's a wonderful thing, couples doing what it takes for love, for a child. But given who we're talking about, there are cynics who suspect other motives at work.

Seriously, when's the reality show announcement? Next week? The week after?

We stress again, this is just a rumor started by cynics. Yet it wouldn't shock us. Think Bethenny Getting Married meets Northern Exposure meets the RNC!

Gawker floats the following theory: "Within the next 4-6 weeks Palin's PR people will releases news that Bristol and Levi will 'star' in a new reality show."

Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin and Tripp

This photo likely helped Levi pay child support for a year!

"All about young parenting. And yes, they will also work up to a wedding." One they will remain abstinent prior to, of course. Because they're like that.

"This is part of the planned 'story arc.' Levi will be promoted as young, decent, salt of the earth guy. Bristol will be seen dealing with 'challenges' of young motherhood."

"Willow will be on a lot, maybe some Piper thrown in. They'll attempt to boost rankings the first few episodes by having Sarah cameos, but the rest of the time will be a 'conservative young marrieds who just happen to already have a baby' theme."

Is such a scenario that crazy? Think about it. Levi's on the hook for $1,700 a month in child support - that's like $3,000 per month before taxes - a sizable sum even if one weren't tied to the state of Alaska or lacking for a college degree.

We're just saying. The reality show would give him a salary, get the Palins get off his back, and get everybody on the same page as far as hyping the mythical exploits of Sarah Palin and her brood. Foolproof if you think about it.

Reality show or not, will they last?

 

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Most of the time, when a couple vows to stay abstinent until marriage, the dude hasn't already knocked up the girl, broken up with her, trashed her mom in the media, posed nude in Playgirl, then rekindled the romance during custody negotiations.

But hey, whatever works for Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin!

America's favorite unwed teen mom and her once-estranged baby daddy surprised us by getting back together last month, then flat-out floored us with news that they are now engaged, and planning on tying the knot soon.

Like real soon. By the end of August!

Levi and Bristol say they hope to get married within the next six weeks, and due to her abstinence pledge, won't be having sex again until after they say "I do."

No word if there will be protection involved at that time, or if they simply don't believe in that. Tripp is really cute, he'd probably be an awesome big brother.

The best part, aside from the abstinence thing, is that they say they didn't tell her mom, Republican political heavyweight Sarah Palin, about the engagement.

Instead, they told Us Weekly, who broke the story earlier this morning, hoping that it was one of the "variety of sources" the former Alaska Governor reads.

As for the wedding, they'll be getting married in Alaska, natch. According to sources, she wants Levi to wear a camouflage vest, too. That may not be a joke.

Regarding those nude Playgirl photos that sparked so much controversy ... Bristol Palin claims she hasn't seen them and chalks it up to "Levi's old life."

It ran in February. Just saying.

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Having recently rekindled their romance, Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are now engaged - and not just to bolster her mom's poll numbers this time!

"We got engaged two weeks ago," the daughter of Sarah Palin tells Us Weekly. "It felt right, even though we don’t have the approval of our parents."

Bristol Palin is 19 and Levi Johnston is 20. They famously called off their previous engagement weeks after welcoming son Tripp in December 2008.

After an icy period of estrangement, nasty accusations and PR wars, they reconnected a few months ago while working out custody plans for their son.

"I really thought we were over," Levi said. "So when I went, I had no hope. I think we both just started talking, and then we took Tripp for a walk."

Bristol and Levi now and during their previous fake engagement.

She says when Levi Johnston left that night, "we didn’t hug or kiss, but I was thinking how different it was. He texted me: 'I miss you. I love you.'"

"'I want to be with you again' ... I was in shock."

The two got back together in June, officially.

But perhaps the most amazing part, if you don't believe this is being embellished to sell magazines of course, is that the former Republican Vice Presidential nominee has been kept in the dark about the youngsters' plans ... until now!

Says Bristol: "It is intimidating and scary just to think about what her reaction is going to be. Hopefully she will jump on board." But will she?

Sarah and Todd Palin said in a statement: "Bristol at 19 is now a young adult. We obviously want what's best for our children. Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our lives."

Sounds like a thumbs-up to us ... or not? Either way, congratulations to the young couple. We're happy for them ... but still, we gotta ask ...

Will Bristol and Levi last this time?

 

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Least fun Levi Johnston article ever.

Looks like he isn't just getting past his differences - and reportedly getting back together - with Bristol Palin - he's also hoping to make amends with her mom.

"Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry," admitted Levi in a statement to People, regarding his ongoing feud with the family.

"Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true. I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah."

"Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize."

"So to the Palin family in general, and to Sarah Palin in particular, please accept my regrets and forgive my youthful indiscretion. I hope one day to restore your trust."

MANNING UP: You gotta give Levi Johnston is due.

Bristol Palin added her own statement: "Part of co-parenting is creating healthy, honest relationships between parents. Tripp one day needs to know the truth and needs to know that even if a mistake is made the honorable thing to do is to own up to it."

Johnston and the former V.P. candidate had been engaged in a war of words, with the 20-year-old accusing Palin of complaining about her job as governor of Alaska and claiming "there was a lot of talk of divorce" in the Palin household.

Bristol and Levi were also fighting for custody of Tripp, and Sarah Palin even went so far as to speak out against the "malicious" remarks he made (and bash the Levi Johnston nude Playgirl spread) during public appearances of her own.

But Bristol, who recently made her acting debut on ABC Family's The Secret Life of the American Teenager, said they want to turn "a new page here as co-parents … and [put] aside the past because doing so is in [our son] Tripp's best interest."

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Not even 72 hours after reports surfaced about Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston getting back together, his sister Mercede has debuted her official site.

It could draw the wrath of Sarah Palin and brood, too - Mercede Johnston's new blog pledges to "answer all questions related to the Palin family."

One of her claims? Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston planned to conceive Tripp, the 18-month-old son they've spent much of the last year fighting over.

It was widely assumed this was an accident, but "During that time period, she and Levi were sexually active and trying to conceive," Mercede writes.

"As hard as it is for many of you to believe, they were indeed TRYING. Also there were rumors circulating around that she was already pregnant."

Bristol Palin, Levi Johnston

Levi and Mercede Johnston in simpler times.

We're not sure what she means by that exactly, but a source close to both Bristol and Levi says that Mercede's shocking claims are totally false.

The source also claimed that Mercede's blog is being backed by well-known Sarah Palin hater, Jesse Griffin of "The Immoral Minority" blog fame.

"Mercede was put up by Jesse Griffin to do this blog," the insider said. "He is a Palin hater and is most likely behind all of these comments."

"Levi would never comment on something like this and neither would Bristol. Mercede's claims have been contradicted by [Levi's] statements."

After an acrimonious and very public break-up, Bristol and Levi have mended their turbulent, icy relationship and recently got back together.

We'll see if that lasts after Mercede apparently decided to turn on them both for reasons unknown. What the heck is wrong with these people?!

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Fake engagements, court battles, baby mama drama and sabotaging a former V.P. candidate in the press. That was the life of Levi Johnston for the past year.

Despite all of that, he and Bristol Palin just got back together!

The parents of 18-month-old Tripp are making it work after all, despite breaking off their engagement in March 2009 and a prolonged period of icy relations.

Things have thawed considerably between the young parents in recent months, and "Bristol and Levi are still very close," a source close to Bristol tells Us.

The eldest daughter to former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin is "on her own in Anchorage" and she and Levi "spend more time together than most people think."

The expectant parents before the 2008 Republican National Convention.

Asked for comment, Bristol Palin would say only that "Levi and me are co-parents of Tripp and we are actively working on being good parents together."

Levi added: "Nothing is more important than Tripp. We are taking active steps to cooperatively raise him, sharing the joys and challenges of parenthood."

Earlier this year, Bristol said Levi was "a stranger to me," while Johnston told Entertainment Tonight that the Palins were basically trying to cut him out.

Things have changed since then, the Bristol source says, noting that "Bristol is a great mom and cares for Tripp; [she] and Levi are raising him together."

We couldn't be happier. Hope she makes good at that new abstinence pledge, though - we know she can get pregnant, but give it a few years at least.

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We know it's what you're supposed to do, and you really shouldn't give a man credit for it, but we're talking about Levi Johnston, so standards are low.

For the first time, Levi has made on-time child support payments to his baby mama Bristol Palin ... for two consecutive months. Downright respectable!

Even more shocking? Both sides finally getting along.

Ever since Levi paid his $21,000 debt to Bristol earlier this year, lawyers for both confirm he followed up with $1,750 in support for both March and April.

Moreover, sources connected to both Levi and Bristol Palin, who have long been at odds, say the two young Alaskans are being civil towards one another.

Actually supporting your kid will do that!

Levi during his fake engagement to Bristol at the 2008 RNC.

The daughter of Sarah Palin, Bristol has primary custody of 1-year-old Tripp, but is even allowing Levi to spend time with their son "whenever Levi wants."

Levi has been taking her up on the offer, too.

Next up? Bristol and Levi are planning to sit down for private mediation to work out the rest of the kinks in their custody battle, mainly money issues and visitation schedules, before they're due back in court to settle things come September.

We're happy for them, and for Tripp. But a little sad for us, because they're threatening to become downright normal, civil and cordial exes at this rate.

We'd miss the old Levi Johnston.

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Levi Johnston turns 20 today.

For a brief synopsis of Levi's short time on Earth, let's turn it over to his Wikipedia bio, because the facts are funnier than anything we could write:

Levi Keith Johnston is the ex-fiancé of Bristol Palin. He first received media attention in August 2008 upon Sarah Palin's announcement that her daughter Bristol was five months pregnant and that Levi Johnston was the father.

Wedding plans were scrapped when the paiir broke off their engagement in March 2009. Johnston has since pursued a career in the entertainment industry as an aspiring actor and model, and has engaged in several public feuds with the Palin family.

There you have it, ladies and gentlemen!

Levi and Sarah in happier, fake-engagement times.

While it's amazing to think that a guy could become famous just for having unprotected intercourse with Bristol Palin - the daughter of a politician, not even an entertainment fixture at the time - Levi has done just that ... in spades.

By parlaying it into nude Playgirl photos and pistachio ads, Levi also cemented his place among the most shameless D-list hangers-on in the celebrity universe. Joslyn James has nothing on this guy! We can't wait to see what he does next.

Click to enlarge more pictures of the man, myth, and baby daddy ...

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Sarah Palin’s nemesis, nude model and her daughter's former fake fiance Levi Johnston does not hold back when it comes to Alaska's most famous family.

Recently, he weighed in on the former Vice Presidential candidate’s new reality show, saying it's going to flop ... compared to his own unnamed TV plans.

"Good for her but mine (show) is gonna beat it," Johnston said at Perez Hilton's birthday bash at LA's Paramount lot. What is "his" show exactly? Unclear.

And unimportant, for the most part, since as long as Sarah Palin does anything, and someone asks Levi Johnston for comment, we will get funny clips ...

I'MMA SMACK YOU: That's what Sarah Palin's thinking now, anyway ...

Sarah Palin's Alaska is about to make her the newest star of Discovery's TLC network, joining the ranks of Jon Gosselin, Kat Von D, the Duggars, etc.

The "travelogue" about our 49th state is being executive produced by the former Alaska Governor herself along with reality TV kingpin Mark Burnett.

Whatever. Now if someone got Levi Johnston and Sarah Palin in the ring for some celebrity boxing on pay per view, that would be worth tuning in for.

Same goes for a Sarah Palin-Elisabeth Hasselbeck throwdown. For the time being, we'll have to live with clips like this of Levi sort of taunting her ...

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Levi Johnston has finally coughed up the full back child support payments he owes to his baby mama and former fake fiancee, but that doesn't mean he has to like it.

The aspiring actor and Playgirl model wrote Bristol Palin a check for $21,561.12 - the full amount that an Alaska judge ordered Levi to pay - and it actually cleared.

Brooke, Mark and Bristol

Levi is still ordered to pay $1,750 a month in child support payments, which he's not happy about, and is also on the hook for an additional $3,500 in back support.

The 19-year-old will try to comply with the judge’s order, he’s not happy about having to pay so much, his lawyer Rex Butler said, arguing that the sum is just unfair.

Levi Johnston is teaming up with Kathy Griffin to pay the bills.

“Levi promptly paid the full amount that the court ordered ... he does not agree with the amount and will seek reconsideration of the court’s order,” Butler said Monday.

“If he prevails, he will receive a credit ... he will obviously work hard to generate the income, but he’d rather pay and fight than be in contempt of the court’s order.”

Levi is already working to try and pay what he owes, no matter what it takes. He recently shot an episode of Kathy Griffin’s TV show My Life On The D List in Alaska.

He's also rumored for a role on Desperate Housewives in the near future. Hopefully that works out ... we can see him as a teenage hunk who knocks someone up.

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