Teen dad of Palin grand­son bares all on cover of

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY RACHEL D’ORO


Johnston fa­thered a son with ex-fi­ance Bris­tol, the 19-year-old daugh­ter of the for­mer Repub­li­can vice-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date who re­signed as Alaska’s gov­er­nor last sum­mer. The young cou­ple broke up af­ter the birth of their son, Tripp, in late 2008.

The up­com­ing Play­girl print spread in­cludes an in­ter­view with Johnston, who dis­cussed his strained re­la­tion­ship with the Palins, said Daniel Nardi­cio, a spokesman for the mag­a­zine. An hour-long be­hind-the-scenes look at the photo shoot also will be avail­able on ca­ble-on-de­mand pro­gram­ming from Fri­day to March 11.

Bris­tol Palin, who is in a child cus­tody bat­tle with Johnston, has called the Play­girl shoot “risque” in her le­gal pe­ti­tion. Claim­ing he made more than $105,000 last year from me­dia in­ter­views and mod­el­ling as­sign­ments, she is seek­ing $1,750 a month in child sup­port and $18,350 in back child sup­port.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Johnston and Palin did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Johnston ini­tially agreed to do frontal nu­dity when ne­go­ti­a­tions be­gan for the fall shoot, ac­cord­ing to Nardi­cio.

Johnston backed away from bar­ing all af­ter he was crit­i­cized for tak­ing the job and some called Play­girl a mag­a­zine for gay men. Nardi­cio said he con­sid­ers the mag­a­zine ap­peal­ing to both men and women, al­though the au­di­ence is pre­dom­i­nantly male.

Ul­ti­mately, Johnston was strate­gi­cally posed, re­veal­ing only his back­side.

“ There are a lot of sexy and sug­ges­tive shots,” Nardi­cio said.

Two rounds of pho­tos have al­ready run on the Play­girl web­site. At their peak, the pho­tos were draw­ing hits from about 800 pay­ing con­sumers daily. Nardi­cio said 70 per cent of the con­sumers used male names and the rest used women’s names.

“Due to the pop­u­lar­ity of that shoot, peo­ple wanted a print ver­sion” and helped fuel a de­ci­sion to bring back the print ver­sion, Nardi­cio said.

The mag­a­zine of­fi­cially re­turned to news­stands in De­cem­ber with a spe­cial that was al­ready planned. Johnston, how­ever, is the first cover in the reg­u­lar edi­tions to be pub­lished quar­terly. Nardi­cio said 112,000 copies are be­ing printed for the Johnston edi­tion.

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