Bristol Palin on calling off the wedding: 'This is a painful time'

.@bristolsblog addresses 'wedding that didn't happen,' rebuilding her life in Alaska

Bristol Palin, daughter of former vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, is breaking her silence on her canceled wedding to medal of honor recipient Dakota Meyer.

The "Dancing With the Stars" alum was set to wed Meyer on May 23, but her mother announced on Facebook last week that the celebration would "not be held."

The younger Palin didn't explain why they called off the nuptials, but did address "the elephant-in-the-room" on the website Patheos in a post titled "The Wedding That Didn't Happen." At the top of the post, Palin shared a photo of herself with her 6-year-old son, Tripp, whom she had with her former fiance Levi Johnston.

"I guess you have seen by now that the wedding — that was supposed to happen last weekend — was called off. I'm sure you've seen this has been all over the media, but this is a painful time for family and friends and I would just really appreciate your prayers," the 24-year-old wrote on the faith-based site.

"I know God's plan is greater than anything else, and Tripp and I are in Alaska beginning to rebuild our lives under much different circumstances than we anticipated."

When she shared the post on her Facebook page, she also wrote, "Sorry it's taken me so long to talk about this... It's been hard."

Former Alaska Gov. Palin announced the wedding was called off amid reports that Meyer had "secret wives," though Bristol Palin said that she knew he'd been wed in the past.

"Regarding salacious headlines in recent days about 'secret wives,' Dakota and I discussed our past relationships prior to our engagement," she wrote on her mother's Facebook page when they first announced the news. "Dakota was legally divorced years ago, as any good reporter could and should have disclosed to readers."

Palin and Meyer, a former Marine who was honored for saving American and Afghan soldiers from a 2009 ambush, met when he visited the Last Frontier to film "Amazing Alaska" with Mama Grizzly. They announced their engagement in March after Meyer popped the question at a Rascal Flatts concert where he had the lead singer dedicate a song to her. 

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