Bristol Palin will not marry Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer this weekend, according to a statement out Monday.
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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said in a statement posted on Facebook that "the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held":
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. They have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held. Many friends and family still look forward to getting together that day in Kentucky anyway – and the Palins and Meyers are happily looking forward to still being at "the old Kentucky home" on May 23 to celebrate life, in general! Family members and close friends know they are welcome to share a great bar-b-que on the farm that day. All involved, especially Dakota, Bristol and Tripp, and their parents and grandparents, thank supporters for the love they've expressed.
The announcement comes after reports that Meyer, 26, had previously married. In a statement on her mother's Facebook page, Bristol Palin, 24, blasted "salacious headlines" and said Meyer had "legally divorced years ago."
Regarding salacious headlines in recent days about “secret wives”, Dakota and I discussed our past relationships prior to our engagement. Dakota was legally divorced years ago, as any good reporter could and should have disclosed to readers. As usual, false stories and dramatically written headlines begging controversy should be disregarded, and we have faith that our privacy will be respected at this time by those with decency. Thank you! – Bristol
The couple announced their engagement in March, detailing Meyer's proposal at a Rascal Flatts concert. Meyer at the time called himself "the luckiest guy in the world," while Palin said she was "so proud to be marrying him" and called Meyer wonderful with her son Tripp.
Meyer was awarded the nation's highest military honor in 2011 after he braved enemy fire to retrieve U.S. and Afghan troops under ambush in Afghanistan.