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The day after Bristol Palin announced her engagement to Levi Johnston was off -- again -- she said she wanted her ex to be more like her dad, who "works his butt off."
"It is true that I wanted Levi to be at home, complete his education and get a regular job," Palin told "Good Morning America" in an exclusive statement. "Levi told me he wanted the same thing...."
"I see that Levi's representative said I expected Levi to be more like my dad. Exactly," Palin said in her statement to "GMA."
"My dad works his butt off and always put his family first. Every woman should want a husband like that," she said. "That is what I expected from Levi."
“Perhaps I was naive but I really thought Levi was ready," Bristol explained.
Hours after their broken second engagement made news, Bristol is already feeling the sting.
"I see that Levi's people equate me with a Bridezilla. This is not about me,” she added. “This was about doing what was best for Tripp and making us a family......
Levi is “doing well and is upbeat” since the news of their split went public a source close to the Alaskan told RadarOnline.com exclusively.
“They are both giving it space,” the source said.
But Johnston's lawyer told us he doubts the couple is truly broken up for good. "These young folk have a lot of pressure on them right now," said Rex Butler. "All you have to do is watch that show 'Bridezillas' -- it's on and off, on and off, depending on the pressures."
Butler denied the couple's unlikely reconciliation this summer -- following a a year of public feuding -- was motivated by profit, though it's believed they were paid well for the Us Weekly exclusive. But he offered his own armchair psychology:
"Bristol, if she's going to be honest, she doesn't want him in Hollywood ..... She wants him to sort of be like Todd Palin in the background while she does the running around. Levi on the other hand is not ready to settle into that role while he has other options."
Palin told People she'd seen her boyfriend only once in the past three weeks, leaving her heartbroken and humiliated. So where is Levi? "He's around," Butler told us. "He's around."
I haven't talked to Sarah in, I don't know, a month or so but I'm a little, I'm a little puzzled by why she didn't step to the plate on the gulf.
I mean, if she wanted to run for president, and I think that's the key, if she wanted to run for president, she should have been down there and she should have been organizing all those oil companies together and had some real press moments because that's where she excels. On energy she's amazing. She's amazing. And I don't think she capitalized on that the way she could have but I you know, again she's her own woman. Nobody's telling Sarah Palin what to do.
Bristol Palin, daughter of Sarah Palin, will be the guest speaker at the Tulare-Kings Right to Life's 15th annual "Making a Difference for Life" Fundraising Banquet, 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at Visalia Convention Center, 303 E. Acequia Ave., Visalia.
Cost; $65 for individual tickets and $495 for table of eight.
Information: 732-5000 or e-mail: April@tkrl.org.
Heartbeat International was pleased to have Bristol Palin, daughter of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, for a special interactive Q&A session to conclude the first night of the 2010 National Conference in Orlando, FL. We're proud of Bristol for choosing life for her son, Tripp! (Contrary to published reports, Heartbeat did NOT pay for Bristol's appearance.)