Levi Johnston Says Bristol Palin "Is Totally Different Now"

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Levi Johnston dropped by Larry King Live last night, to talk about his son and his ex and his life. Johnston told King that while he is able to see his son at the Palin's house, he is not allowed to take him anywhere. "You know, I want to be able to take him and do that kind of thing, go do the father thing with him and I can't." The last time he saw baby Tripp, who is four months old, was "a couple of weeks ago." He also says that he's not paying any child support right now, but adds, "I have everything my boy needs back home: diapers, toys, everything."



King asks if Johnston has hired a lawyer, and he says no. "We're not in a big fight with the Palins," he tells King. "I still like the family very much. I think we can work things out. I don't think either one of us want to go to lawyers and try to fight for custody and stuff like this." But then later in the interview, Johnston confesses that yes, he does have a lawyer, but adds, "I don't want to stir anything up." Hmm.

King tosses out some pretty direct questions about Levi and Bristol's sex life, including asking if the teens had sex in the Palin's house. Johnston doesn't rise to the bait. "You know, Larry, that I'm a gentleman. And I don't kiss and tell. So I don't think that really matters." He acknowledges that the couple never considered abortion or adoption, and says he fully intended to marry Bristol. He calls their breakup "a mutual thing." "What broke it up?" King asks. "I think a lot of it had to do with, uh, just, people bothering us," Johnston says. "I think it kind of just got to us."

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But despite his efforts to be fair and evenhanded, Johnston seems to feel like things "got to" Bristol more than to him. "Ever since the campaign, she's changed," Johnston says. "That wasn't the Bristol I knew before she got pregnant. She's totally different now ... in a big way." This is the point in the interview where I want to pat Levi Johnston on the back and tell him that it most likely wasn't the campaign that changed Bristol, but becoming a mother at 18. Although that's just a hunch on my part.

Johnston seems like a nice kid caught in a situation that not even he really understands. He tells King that "all teens, or most of them, are sexually active." When King asks if abstinence is unrealistic, Johnston replies tersely, "Yeah." It's clear that he's tired of talking about this.

In the end, I'm just left feelng really bad for Levi Johnston. He seems so uncomfortable on camera, so unprepared for the relentless questioning, and so sincere about his desire to see his son. It's impossible to tell what's going on behind the scenes, but I found myself at the end of this interview really hoping that the Palins would relent and let him take the baby home with him for a little while. Of course, I also found myself wishing that he would stop showing up on talk shows, but that's really neither here nor there.

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