Is Bristol Palin Back With Levi Johnston?

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Levi Johnston is back.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall when Sarah and Todd Palin discussed this development.

Johnston dated the Palins' daughter, Bristol, now 19, fathering Tripp, their 1-year-old son. After the couple broke up in March 2009, Bristol became a champion for abstinence, while Johnston, 20, posed for Playgirl, made disparaging remarks about Sarah Palin and planned his own reality show.

He was likely the most unwelcome addition to a political family since Jimmy Carter's beer-swilling brother, Billy. But Billy Carter was kin. At least the Palins could jettison Johnston.


ABC News reports the couple has reunited to raise their son.

"I am doing my best to raise a happy, active and healthy boy," Bristol tells "Good Morning America." "I believe that wherever possible, if the parents can cooperate and co-parent in a positive way, the child will benefit. Levi and I are turning a new page here as co-parents to this wonderful boy and putting aside the past because doing so is in Tripp's best interest."

During the height of the family feud, Johnston criticized Sarah Palin, telling an interviewer that the former vice presidential candidate "doesn't do anything unless she gets something big from it."

In February, a judge ordered him to pay child support and retroactive back payments estimated at more than $10,000 for Tripp's care.

Yet, US Weekly claims the couple is doing more than co-parenting. Citing an unnamed source close to Bristol, the magazine claims the couple is back together romantically.

"Now that Mama Palin is out of the picture and Bristol is on her own in Anchorage, they spend more time together than most people think," the mystery source says. "Levi even stays overnight. I even think they are back together."

However, in last month's issue of Harper's Bazaar, Bristol insists Johnston "is a stranger to me."

"I don't want to get into it," she adds. "It's just dirty laundry."

Related: Take That, Sarah Palin: Levi Johnston Pitches a Reality Show About Alaska

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