Bristol Palin, daughter of reality TV star and former Alaska Governor and running mate Sarah Palin, and Navy veterinarian and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer announced their surprise wedding earlier this week, 13 months after failing their first wedding attempt.
“Life is full of ups and downs, but in the end you’ll end up where you’re meant to be,” the couple told the “Entertainment Tonight” TV show.
The couple met while Meyer was filming a TV show in Alaska in 2014. They soon became engaged, which caused both mother and daughter to gush on Instagram: “I’m the luckiest girl in the world. Bristol wrote in a since deleted post. Publish. “We are happy to welcome Dakota to our family,” added Governor Palin.
But within a week of the big day, the wedding was called off. Sarah Palin cryptically posted the news on Facebook, adding that they had just found out that Meyer had previously been married. (Bristol Palin was also previously married to Levi Johnson who is the father of her first child.)
Then, boom, another bombshell: Bristol was pregnant. “I know this has been and will be a huge disappointment to my family, close friends and many of you,” she wrote in a blog post last summer without saying whether Meyer was the father or no.
Palin gave birth to daughter Sailor Grace on December 23, 2015. Further drama followed soon after when Meyer applied for joint custody.
“For many months we tried to contact Dakota Myers (sic) and he didn’t want anything to do with Bristol’s pregnancy or the baby,” Governor Palin told “Entertainment Tonight”. “The health and well-being of Sailor Grace is paramount to the entire Palin family,” she said. Palin also accused the Navy vet of trying to “save face”.
Eventually, Meyer was granted joint custody, and this result also rekindled the spark between him and Palin.
“On the one hand, we know everything happens for a reason, and there are no mistakes or coincidences,” Meyer wrote on Instagram, alluding to the couple’s past. “On the other hand, we learn that we can never give up, knowing that with the right tools and the right energy, we can overturn any decree or karma. So what is it ? Let the Light decide or never give up? The answer is: both.
Meyer received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Kunar province, Afghanistan. As stated in the quote, “Meyer personally evacuated 12 wounded friends and covered 24 other Marines and Soldiers to escape probable death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined enemy.”