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Bristol Palin's wedding to Dakota Meyer 'will not be held,' says mom Sarah Palin

Bristol Palin was set to walk down the aisle later this week, but the wedding has been called off.
/ Source: TODAY

Bristol Palin was set to walk down the aisle with Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer this week, but the wedding has been called off.

Her mother, Sarah Palin, made the announcement in a Facebook post Monday afternoon.

"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," the former Alaska governor wrote. "They have informed loved ones that unfortunately the announced celebration planned for May 23 will not be held."

Palin added that both families were still planning to get together in Kentucky on Saturday "to celebrate life, in general!" and have a barbecue. "All involved, especially Dakota, Bristol and Tripp, and their parents and grandparents, thank supporters for the love they've expressed," she wrote.

The 2008 vice presidential candidate also included a statement from her daughter in response to recent reports that Meyer was already married to another woman.

Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer.
This combination of file photos shows Bristol Palin and Dakota Meyer. Palin, daughter of former Alaska governor and former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, announced via her blog post March 14, 2015 that she and Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer are engaged to be married.AFP - Getty Images file\

“Regarding salacious headlines in recent days about 'secret wives', Dakota and I discussed our past relationships prior to our engagement," Bristol's statement said. "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."

In March, Bristol announced her engagement to Meyer, a former Marine who rescued dozens of American and Afghan soldiers from a deadly ambush in 2009, and received the Medal of Honor from President Obama in 2011.

"Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!" she wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of the couple kissing.

Shortly after the engagement, her mother wrote on Facebook, "We’re honored to welcome Dakota into our family. He’s an American hero and patriot whose service to our country — like all his fellow Medal of Honor recipients — has been above and beyond the call of duty; but even more important is he’s a good and kind man who loves Bristol and Tripp, and is loved by them."