In the wake of rumors of a reconciliation between Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin, Johnston is making a public and, ahem, heartfelt apology to the Palin family, particularly Sarah. Whether this public self-flagellation will mean anything to the Palins remains to be seen, but it’s big of him to make the effort. I guess. Or maybe just the politically savvy thing to do, all things considered.
“Last year, after Bristol and I broke up, I was unhappy and a little angry. Unfortunately, against my better judgment, I publicly said things about the Palins that were not completely true,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I have already privately apologized to Todd and Sarah. Since my statements were public, I owe it to the Palins to publicly apologize.”