Bristol Palin and Levi Johnston may be engaged now, but just two months ago, Bristol was dating a guy named Ben Barber. In a good old-fashioned Alaskan love triangle, Ben was a friend of both Bristol and Levi’s in high school. In fact, when Bristol and Levi were engaged the first time around, Ben was going to be one of Levi’s groomsmen. But, after Christmas, Ben and Bristol hooked up. “Bristol called me angry about Levi and then we just fell into place,” Ben told The Daily Beast. “It was good and then went downhill.”Ben says that when he found out they were dating, Levi handled it well. “He was very mature about the situation. He was more happy that it was me with Tripp and Bristol than someone he didn’t like,” says Ben. “I still wanted to be friends, but Bristol wouldn’t let me do that.”
So, Ben was naturally shocked that right after they broke up, Bristol went back to Levi. “She was totally anti-Levi. … I helped her out with Tripp more than Levi ever did. … I don’t understand how Bristol can go and spend her life with someone who can’t get his GED? What’s he going to do when all this stuff has run out on him?”
Two words: Male stripper.
But still, I feel kind of bad for Ben. Though he totally should’ve known that he was the rebound guy. [The Daily Beast]