In a Star tabloid scoop, according to Levi Johnston’s sister, Mercedes, Bristol is ditching Tripp’s Daddy. The wedding is OFF. In an Oxdown Gazette scoop, Bristol, who has once again dropped out, is spending a lot of time as Wasilla High School swim coach hunk, Matt Hanley’s "aide."

Here’s the Star online article (it’s a tease for the supermarket print edition – duh):

The teen love affair that rocked last year’s presidential race is over.

Sarah Palin’s daughter, Bristol, has ditched her baby daddy, Levi Johnston!

Now’s Levi’s sister, Mercede is telling all exclusively to Star and the picture she paints of life in Wasilla, Alaska is not a pretty one. Bristol, 18, has virtually cut Levi out of the life of their two-month-old son Tripp.

"Levi tries to visit Tripp every single day, but Bristol makes it nearly impossible. She tells him he can’t take the baby to our house because she doesn’t want him around ‘white trash’!" Bristol won’t even allow him to watch the baby for a few hours — unless he’s babysitting!

The worst part, Mercede continues, is that the former vice presidential candidate supports Bristol’s treatment of Levi, 19. "I used to love Sarah," Mercede says sadly. "But I’ve lost lots of respect for her."

Alaska blog, the Mudflats, notes that this is entirely at odds with what came out in Greta van Susteren’s recent interview with Bristol Palin:

We had an inkling of this a couple months ago when a message from Mercede popped up on her friends unsecured MySpace page talking about the fact that nobody on the Johnston side of the family was allowed to see the baby because of the whole “white trash” thing. Apparently palling around with “white trash” only became objectionable after the baby was born.

And the interview confused those who had read reports of this split, because Bristol stated quite clearly in her recent interview with Greta Van Susteren that Levi was a hands-on dad and saw the baby every day. She also indicated that she was still focusing on her education and planning to get married, although the word “eventually” raised some eyebrows as it was far more vague than “this summer” which is what we’d been hearing to date:

"VAN SUSTEREN: What about Levi? How is taking all this?

"BRISTOL: Well, he’s a really hands-on dad. He’s just in love with him as much as I am.

"VAN SUSTEREN: Does he — how often does he see his son?

"BRISTOL: He sees him every day.

"VAN SUSTEREN: What are your plans?

"BRISTOL: Eventually, we’d like to get married. We’re focusing on, like, getting through school and just getting an education and stuff, getting a career going."

So, alas. It sounds like the Alaska “royal wedding” is off. And according to Mercede, so is the “like getting through school and just getting an education and stuff.”

One of my sources at Wasilla High School has observed that Bristol has indeed once again "dropped out." She is going into the school at least twice a week, though, to help the high school’s new swimming coach, Matt Hanley, with his duties at the pool. She is signed in at the office as an "aide."

I can’t promise more information soon, but the new edition of the Star has hit news stands today.

I can’t wait until Alaska gets back to normal. Or at least beyond the Palins.



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