Levi Johnston, who's having a baby with Gov. Sarah Palin's daughter, can't believe all the things he's hearing.
No, he wasn't held against his will on the campaign trail. No, he's not being forced into a shotgun wedding with 17-year-old Bristol Palin.
"None of that's true," Johnston, 18, said in a rare interview with The Associated Press. "We both love each other. We both want to marry each other. And that's what we are going to do."
Not surprisingly, Johnston was a little shocked when he learned about Bristol's pregnancy, but he says he quickly embraced the prospects of fatherhood. The baby is due Dec. 18. Johnston has dropped out of high school to take a job on the North Slope oil fields as an apprentice electrician.
Johnston hinted he's expecting a boy, but he declined to discuss baby names.
"I'm looking forward to having him," he said. "I'm going to take him hunting and fishing. He'll be everywhere with me."
Johnston, a Wasilla heartthrob, said he wanted to set the record straight.
Johnston is an avid hunter. He's dark haired, tall and muscular, sports a bit of stubble and drives a red Chevy Silverado truck. He'd be the perfect cover for Field & Stream.
He's bagged bears, sheep, elk, and caribou. Some of the antlers are scattered about his yard. Last July on a caribou hunt he lost a "promise" ring that Palin had given him. He said he decided to tattoo her name on the finger and not bother with more rings because he'd just lose them anyway.
There is so much about this family that reminds me of my own. I think the ring tattoo idea is really cute. My husband should have done that years ago. He was always setting down his ring when he worked because it would get in the way when using various tools. He'd also get it absolutely filthy when he went hunting, but he didn't want to take it off. I finally took it from him and put it away in safe keeping so he wouldn't lose a finger or something at work. My name tattooed on his finger would have been cute. We should have both done that on our honeymoon.
Mr. FtK said the same thing about our boys when they were born...that he'd take them everywhere with him...especially hunting and fishing. True to his word, they were out fishing with him as soon as they could walk, and they were in the hunting boat by the age of three. They love it.
Oh, and my husband and Todd Palin are both the same age and have Native American heritage. My husband's grandmother was Native American. It appears that the Palin women have the same taste in men as I do. Mr. FtK seems to favor both of them to an extent...tall, dark, and handsome outdoors men. Check it out...