Bristol Palin, jokingly referred to as The Patron Saint of Unwed Mothers, dropped a bomb in her book “Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far” that ex-boyfriend Levi Johnston “stole” her virginity during an overnight camping trip, while she was drunk on wine coolers. Basically she said she got so drunk that she passed out, and woke-up with no idea of what had happened until she heard Levi bragging about sex to his friends outside of the tent.
Since that scenario caused a lot of people to accuse Levi of rape, and talk of a criminal investigation, Bristol has flipped her story. She ran to ‘Good Morning America’ to retract the allegations.
When asked to elaborate on what she meant by writing her virginity was “stolen,” Bristol Palin tells Good Morning America, “That’s what it felt like. I’m not accusing Levi of date rape or rape at all. But I am looking back with the adult eyes I have now and that was a foolish decision.”
She continues, “I should have never been underage drinking, and I should have never gotten myself into a situation like that.”
Bristol Palin (the oldest daughter of former Alaska governor and potential presidential candidate Sarah Palin) has made hundreds of thousands of dollars lecturing to young adults about abstinence, but has come under fire from critics questioning whether she was the right person to spread that message to young girls.
“I hate the word ‘abstinence,” Palin told “GMA” in response to critics. “I’m not an abstinence teacher.”
Yet Bristol, 21, who says she was on birth control when she lost her virginity and got pregnant with son Tripp, has concluded, “I think if you want to prevent teenage pregnancy, that’s the only option.”
“I hope that other women with jerk boyfriends can read the book and be like, ‘You know what? I don’t have to be with this guy,'” she said.
Bristol Palin isn’t censoring what she thinks about Levi Johnston for their son Tripp’s sake because, “I don’t know if Levi will be a big role model in his life at all so I’m not worried about it.”
Still, we have to wonder if the threat of a possible lawsuit from Levi caused Bristol to change the details of the story in her memoir. Once a woman alleges that a guy “stole” her virginity while she was passed out, it’s hard to change the perception of everyone who already heard the first version.
We suspect a quiet financial settlement is in the works for Johnston.