Boy, That Guy is a Jerk

You have to admit it – Levi Johnston is the biggest jerk in America right now. It appears the reconciliation was fueled by Johnston’s desire to be in the headlines, or to get a reality TV show.  He’s just a media whore.

Well, so much for that: Three weeks after they announced their surprise re-engagement (via Us Weekly, before even telling her mom), Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston are off-again, she confirmed to People magazine.

“He’s just obsessed with the limelight,” the 19-year-old mom said in a teary interview, “and I got played.”

The split follows days of tabloid allegations that the most famous 20-year-old babydaddy in America had possibly fathered a child by another young woman — later denied by a pregnant ex of Johnston’s, though Palin told the magazine his acknowledgment he might be the daddy created a strain, exacerbated when he flew to L.A. to film a music video that poked fun at his ties to Sarah Palin‘s clan.

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.”

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