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Bristol Palin: I Lost My Virginity While Drunk

USMagazine, Saturday, June 18, 2011, 10:45am (PDT)

When Bristol Palin lost her virginity, it wasn't the romantic experience she had envisioned.

In her new autobiography, "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far," the 20-year-old single mom reveals that, while drunk for the very first time, she lost her virginity to Levi Johnston during a camping trip.

Palin says she woke up alone in her tent, with no recollection as to what happened. Johnston, meanwhile, "talked with his friends on the other side of the canvas."

When she confronted him about their sexual encounter, Johnston, now 21, told Palin what she wanted to hear: they wouldn't have sex again until they were married.

But, Palin writes, they became intimate again shortly after. When she learned she was pregnant in 2008, Palin was on birth control pills prescribed to treat her cramps; it took eight home pregnancy tests to convince her that she was expecting.

Palin's parents, to her surprise, were incredibly supportive. They also reminded her to stay focused on the future, particularly her continuing education. Johnston's reaction was less comforting. "Better be a f***ing boy," he told her.

The memoir, co-written with Nancy French, describes Johnston (the father of Palin's 2-year-old son, Tripp) as a "gnat" who is "constantly spreading false accusations against our family." Palin also calls him a self-involved slacker "who cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates."

And yet, Palin writes that when her mother, Sarah, was introduced as Senator John McCain's vice presidential pick in August 2008, being on display with Johnston "somehow legitimized us as a couple."

After Tripp's birth in December, Palin discovered via text message that Johnston had been cheating on her. Once Johnston admitted to the affair, they decided to break up. Eighteen months later, the couple reunited and shocked their families with an announcement: they were engaged. Shortly after, Johnston informed Plain that he had gotten another woman pregnant, which ended their relationship for good. "I'd just made a complete fool of myself and given my family the middle finger," Palin writes.

Johnston, for his part, will share his side of the story with his own book, "Deer in the Headlights: My Life in Sarah Palin's Crosshairs," which arrives in bookstores this fall.

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