The Course Of True Love Never Did Run Smooth: Bristol And Levi

1||July 14, 2010: Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston told Us Weekly they’re engaged — and that they didn’t tell Sarah Palin before making the big announcement. The couple called it quits after making their relationship — and out-of-wedlock pregnancy — very public during the 2008 campaign. Here’s a look back at their tumultuous, very public, off-again on-again relationship.||Newscom/UPI&&

2||September 2008: The couple appeared together at the Republican National Convention with the rest of the Palin family during the 2008 presidential campaign. Bristol and Levi made waves when it was revealed in the lead-up to the convention that the vice presidential nominee’s teenage daughter was pregnant — but they went on stage and smiled all the same.||Newscom/UPI&&

3||December 2008: Bristol and Levi called off their original engagement two weeks after their son Tripp was born. ||Newscom/UPI&&

4||May 2010: Bristol Palin embarked on a media tour to promote abstinence, despite previous statements (and past actions) indicating that she believed teen abstinence was not realistic. ||Newscom/Sipa&&

5||September 2009: In a Vanity Fair interview, Johnston slammed Sarah Palin, calling her a “phony” who doesn’t actually hunt, and whose whole family would watch her media appearances during the campaign and “sit there and pretty much laugh at things she said.” ||CNN&&

6||February 22, 2010: Playgirl featured Johnston on the cover. The young Alaskan seemed poised to fully distance himself from the Palins — and his old life — even developing an alter-ego for himself that he dubbed “Ricky Hollywood.”||Newscom/WENN&&

7||July 6, 2010: In an interview with People Magazine, Johnston apologized to the Palins for his “youthful indiscretion” of saying things about the family that were “not completely true.” ||Newscom/SPN&&

8||July 14, 2010: After hearing of her daughter’s secret engagement to Johnston, Sarah Palin said: “Bristol believes in redemption and forgiveness to a degree most of us struggle to put in practice in our daily lives.”

That was quite a difference from when Palin jabbed at “Ricky Hollywood” and his “porn” career in an interview last year with Oprah Winfrey.

We imagine we haven’t heard the last from these Palins…||Newscom/Sipa&&