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05/07/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Levi Johnston On Tyra Show: Talks Bristol Break-Up, Drug And Cheating Rumors (VIDEO)

MORE TYRA VIDEO HERE: Levi's family members say they're living a "nightmare," discuss their interactions with the McCain campaign, and receiving an ovation for not taking money for their appearance.

Levi Johnston's interview with Tyra Banks aired on Monday. Early on, Levi explained that he had decided to "break his silence" about his split with Bristol Palin to counter negative stories about himself in the news.

Levi Johnston: I have seen a lot of stuff, read a lot of things in the newspapers and news and it's time we get our story out there. I have seen a lot of stuff saying I've done steroids and drugs and cheated on Bristol and that kind of thing, and it's not true.

Tyra Banks: What does it feel to read those things about you that are lies?

Johnston: It's ridiculous how someone could come up with a lot of things like that. But at the same time it's kind of funny, they ain't got nothing better to do than pick on young kids.

Asked to clarify why he and Bristol had actually broken up, Johnston said, "I think it it was after we had had the baby, things got a lot complicated. We started fighting. we just wouldn't seeing eye to eye with each other anymore and we thought it would be better to be friends and try to work things out this way."

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Johnston also told Tyra that he might go to court for custody of his child. "I can come see the baby and that kind of thing but [Bristol] won't let me take him anymore," Johnston said. "You can't take the baby out of the Palin house?" Tyra asked. Johnston responded, "Not very often, no." The host asked if he had custody of Tripp." "We haven't gone to court," Johnston said. Asked if he thought he might end up going, he said, "I think it's probably looking like it. We didn't want it to go that way."

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MORE TYRA VIDEO HERE: Levi's family members say they're living a "nightmare," discuss their interactions with the McCain campaign, and receiving an ovation for not taking money for their appearance.

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