Justin Gaston: I Don't Live with Miley

05/27/2009 at 11:45 AM EDT

Justin Gaston: I Don't Live with Miley
Miley Cyrus and Justin Gaston

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

He's dating the biggest star in tweendom, and has aspirations of becoming a country-music star, but Justin Gaston's dream life is something more low-key, he says.

"[I'd be] one of those little lapdogs that gets petted all day," he tells Details. "You know, they wake up, get fed, get attention. I like attention. I'd like to be one of those little dogs. Is that weird?"

Gaston, of course, is the 20-year-old boyfriend of 16-year-old Miley Cyrus, and a former, short-lived contestant on Nashville Star, where Miley's dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, took the Louisiana native under his wing.

No matter how close he is to the Cyrus family, however, he's quick to shoot down rumors he's moved in with Miley and her folks.

"I live in an apartment in North Hollywood with two guys!" he says.

And though he'll lift up his shirt in a flash to show off his toned body and tattoos (one is from Psalm 7:8), and muses about who'd play him in the movie of his life (Ashton Kutcher as the younger him, Johnny Depp as the older him), Gaston says the intense media scrutiny is disconcerting for a small-town Southern boy like him.

"I have nightmares about paparazzi," he says. "I always have these, like, flashing things in my dreams. They're so scary."

They're not the only ones who've made him skittish, Gaston admits.

"I was going to tweet about [the paparazzi] the other day, but I was afraid people might be, like, mean to me, which they often are," he says. "Please don't be mean to me on Twitter. I'm just a guy. I'm just a guy with a dream.

"I don't know what that means," he quickly adds under his breath.

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