“I wanted you guys to be the first to know that I am pregnant,” she wrote in a blog post on the religious website Patheos. “Honestly, I’ve been trying my hardest to keep my chin up on this one.”
She continued, “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you. But please respect [my 6-year-old son] Tripp’s and my privacy during this time. I do not want any lectures and I do not want any sympathy.”
After a two-month-long engagement, Palin, 24, and ex-fiancé Dakota Meyer, a former U.S. Marine, were to be married on May 23 in Kentucky. On May 18, her mother, Sarah Palin, announced that the wedding had been called off.
“Bristol and Dakota couldn’t be more thankful for the love and support of family and friends over the past months while preparing for their wedding,” the former Alaska governor wrote. “They have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration will not be held.”
Days later, Palin took to her blog to explain.
“This is a painful time for family and friends and I would just really appreciate your prayers,” she wrote. “I know God’s plan is greater than anything else, and Tripp and I are in Alaska beginning to rebuild our lives under much different circumstances than we anticipated.”
Although the former Dancing with the Stars contestant has not confirmed if she and Meyer, 26, are still together or if he is the father of her second child, she wrote that she is “fully capable of handling anything that is put in front of me with dignity and grace.”
“My little family always has, and always will come first,” she added. “Tripp, this new baby, and I will all be fine, because God is merciful.”