PEOPLE confirmed on Tuesday that Meyer has filed for divorce and moved out of the couple’s home. This news comes nine months after they welcomed their second child together, daughter Atlee Bay, and less than two years after their surprise wedding.
Their road to the altar had plenty of bumps along the way, too. In May 2015, they called off their first planned wedding – which was supposed to be a big, splashy affair in Kentucky – at the last minute and seemed to be splitting for good. They later reunited and tied the knot in June 2016.
“Life is full of ups and downs but in the end, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be,” the couple told Entertainment Tonight at the time.
Just months before their wedding, Palin, 27, and Meyer, 29, were locked in a custody battle over their other daughter, Sailor Grace, now 2. And now, less than a year after expanding their family with the arrival of daughter Atlee, they’ve split. So how did they get here?
The couple first met in Alaska in 2014, while Meyer, a former U.S. Marine, was there filming an Amazing America episode. The whirlwind romance led to an engagement in March 2015 – Palin’s second (she was once set to wed Levi Johnston, the father of their son Tripp, 9).
At the time, Palin called herself the “luckiest girl in the world” in a since-deleted Instagram post, and mom Sarah Palin said in a statement, “We’re honored to welcome Dakota into our family.”
Just two short months later, however, the wedding was off. With less than a week to go before the May 23, 2015, ceremony, Palin’s mom broke the news on Facebook without divulging whether just the engagement was over or the relationship in general. The announcement came amid rumors that Meyer had tried to hide from Palin his previous marriage to Cassandra Wain.
Palin wrote a blog post about their split at the time, saying: “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.”
Then, a bombshell: Palin was pregnant. She wrote in a June blog post, “I know this has been, and will be, a huge disappointment to my family, to my close friends, and to many of you.” Meyer wasn’t immediately confirmed as the baby’s father, however, despite Palin’s later assertions that the pregnancy was planned.
Palin gave birth to daughter Sailor Grace on December 23, 2015 – a happy moment soon mired in drama.
Meyer filed legal documents asking for joint legal and physical custody of Sailor Grace, a move that incensed Palin’s mother.
“For many months we have been trying to reach out to Dakota Myers (sic) and he has wanted nothing to do with either …read more