"I don't think I'm any more obsessed with making a career out of this than she is," the recent Playgirl model said in an interview that ran Friday on CBS's Early Show. "Obviously she's doing Dancing with the Stars. I wouldn't say I'm obsessed with any of it. I'm just taking it as it comes.
And as for that apology to almost-mother-in-law Sarah Palin? "That was something I did to make my fiancée happy," he said.
Now Johnston, 20, is eyeing Sarah Palin's former office as mayor of the town where he became father of Sarah Palin's grandson Tripp. After an ugly split in which Johnston publicly badmouthed the former vice presidential candidate as a money-hungry diva, Johnston briefly reunited with Sarah Palin's daughter. Bristol, 19 – only to end up calling off the engagement a second time, with Bristol saying Johnston was more interested in becoming a celebrity than in being a husband and dad.
Fears Sounding Like a Liar"I don't really regret anything," he told CBS. "But the only thing I wish I wouldn't have done is to put out that apology, 'cause it kind of makes me sound like a liar. And I've never lied about anything. So that's probably the only thing. The rest of the stuff I can live with."
Despite the fact he's never graduated from high school and is taping a reality show that he is trying to pitch, Johnston insists he'd be a better mayor than Sarah Palin.
"I don't think being mayor is about qualifications. I think it's about people liking you and believing in you," he said.
But he noted: "If we do win, I'm going to have to give up Hollywood for three years."