It seems Levi Johnston – former fiancé of Bristol Palin and father of the couple’s 3-year-old son Tripp – is getting some heat over the recent news that he is expecting a child with his 20-year-old girlfriend Sunny Oglesby.
The 21-year-old Alaskan recently sat down with TheInsider.com and opened up about accusations of being a “deadbeat” dad, why he doesn’t feel like a father to Tripp and how he accidentally got a girlfriend pregnant for the second time.
“There was a time we went to the cabin and forgot the birth control pills and, you know, about a month later we found out we were having a baby,” Levi explains.
The young man also alleges that he has not been able to see Tripp recently and claims he doesn’t “feel like a dad” to his son.
“I love Tripp more than anything and he is my son, but I don’t feel like a dad to him,” Levi reveals. “Not by choice … hopefully one day I can be.”
Levi further admits that although he is aware that he owes child support to Bristol and intends to catch up on payments, he denies being a “deadbeat dad.”
“No [I'm not], and I never will be,” he answers.
“It’s really sad, his image, because it’s pretty much the complete opposite of how he is in real life,” Sunny – his girlfriend of roughly a year – chimes is. “He’s an awesome dad. And he tries to get Tripp all the time.”
“It’s really sad that [The Palins have] put that image out for him cause I mean everyone’s gonna believe them because they’re more famous,” she adds. “You know it’s Sarah Palin and she has a lot of fans so everyone believes that and Levi really doesn’t have a chance against them.”
So does Levi think that Bristol’s mom, ex-Alaskan governor Sarah Palin – has a hand in preventing him from seeing his young son?
“I think she’s, you know, she plays a big role,” he replies. “Bristol you know, Bristol looks up to her and that’s a family and, you know I listen to my family, so I’m sure she does have some part of it, yeah.”
It seems that the Palin family feels otherwise. In an official statement issued by the family’s attorney, the onus of not seeing his child as often as he could falls directly onto Levi. Allegedly, no one is preventing him from visiting Tripp.
Mr. Johnston has never exercised his agreed visitation. The record demonstrates that this lack of visitation is largely voluntary and not due to interference by Bristol or her parents. If Mr. Johnston would like to exercise visitation, or perhaps pay child support, he knows Bristol’s number and should contact her directly. While it may not get Mr. Johnston the publicity he seeks, such direct communication between the parents is the preferred way of resolving these types of disputes.”
When all is said and done, the young couple claim that they want Tripp to be part of their new child’s life.
“I would love to have Tripp be a big brother to our new baby. That would be great,” Levi says.