Bristol and her bad boy, Levi

Has there ever been a relationship more on again, off again than Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston?

The very fact that this couple started off their relationship as soon-to-be teenage parents should have been red flag No. 1.

Then there were the nasty comments directed at Johnston’s could-be mother-in-law, Sarah Palin, finally the Playgirl shoot he agreed to do.

Doesn’t exactly sound like the kind of person a girl would want as her future husband, but Bristol wanted to give him a second chance for the sake of their 19-month-old son, Tripp. She announced only a month ago that she and Levi were thinking about marriage. “Hopefully we will be a family,” she said.

Sadly, less than a few weeks later, the relationship took (another) turn for the worst.

“It’s over. I broke up with him,” Bristol announced to PEOPLE magazine.

Reason being?

“The final straw was him flying to Hollywood for what he told me was to see some hunting show but come to find out it was that music video mocking my family,” Bristol said. “He’s just obsessed with the limelight and I got played.”

I hate to say it, but … couldn’t she have seen this coming? Why do women always take the bad boys back?

There’s obviously some part of her that still has feelings for him, if only for the sheer fact that he’s the father of her child. It’s the age-old “I love him and I can change him” attitude that ultimately comes back to bite — and bite hard. It’s like my aunt always says: “Believe someone when they show you who they are.”

I feel bad for Bristol and her situation. Being a mother is the hardest thing I’ve ever done — and I have the help, support, and love of my husband. Going it alone, as a teenager, even with the help of family, must be incredibly tough.

Sarah Palin said this about her daughter:

“I wish for Bristol to be able to move forward in life with her same forgiving, gracious, optimistic spirit, but from henceforth she’ll know to trust but verify. Bristol is strong, she is independent, and she knows what is right for her son.”

And for Bristol that is to find “a man who’s going to be completely honest with me and someone who loves me and Tripp and wants to be with him all the time. I also want someone who has religious beliefs and a good family.”

I truly Bristol finds what she’s looking for and leaves men like Levi Johnston to women like Kathy Griffin. (Anyone who’s caught a glimpse of “My Life on the D-List” knows what I’m talking about.)

Tell me your thoughts on this much-talked about teenage couple.

Carmen Rasmusen Herbert

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