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The couple, thrust into the national spotlight as expectant teen parents during Palin’s 2008 vice presidential run, broke up after their son’s birth. Johnston went on to give interviews criticizing the Palin family, maligning Sarah Palin’s parenting skills and saying she wanted to adopt his child so people wouldn’t know her daughter was pregnant.

Then, earlier this month, Johnston told People magazine he was “unhappy and a little angry” after the breakup and told lies about the Palin family. He said that against his better judgment, he said things about the Palins that “were not completely true.” He said he had apologized. He didn’t specify what lies were told.

Last week, Johnston’s sister, Mercede, wrote on her blog that she believes her brother is “being controlled like a puppet.” The blog has sparked criticism from Levi Johnston’s attorney, Rex Butler, who has said Mercede wasn’t “privy to information from anyone with Team Levi.”

Bristol Palin recently signed on with a group to offer speeches on abstinence and “pro-life” issues, among other topics, and could receive between $15,000 and $30,000 per appearance, Palin family attorney Thomas Van Flein said in May.

Us Weekly executive editor Caroline Schaefer told NBC’S “Today” show that Bristol Palin approached the magazine looking for a platform to explain why she got engaged.

The couple is ready to get married but Palin told the magazine they’ll probably see a marriage counselor, Schaefer said, adding that Palin made it clear that Levi will have “a lot of work to do.” Schaefer said the couple hopes to get married within six weeks in a small ceremony in Alaska.

Asked whether the magazine paid for the interview, Schaefer would not discuss details of the arrangement except to say that the magazine paid for the expenses of the photo shoot.

No details about the wedding were released by family representatives Wednesday. But Miller said anything related to Sarah Palin is bound to draw celebrity attention.

“Clearly, a Bristol-Levi wedding would be covered with bated breath by press from Juneau to Washington, and all points in between,” he said.


Associated Press Writer Rachel D’Oro contributed to this report from Anchorage, Alaska.