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Who is 'the gnat'? Levi Johnston, according to Bristol Palin's upcoming memoir

June 20, 2011 |  1:23 pm

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The Gnat is not a sidekick of the Green Lantern but rather Bristol Palin's ex, Levi Johnston. He makes an appearance, not surprisingly, in her memoir "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far." The book won't officially hit shelves until Friday, but it's already making headlines.

That's in part because in the book, Palin refers to Levi Johnston as "the gnat." Our blog Top of the Ticket reports on its bug-zapping contents:

In the autobiography, co-written by Nancy French, Bristol describes losing her virginity to Johnston. According to the anti-teen pregnancy advocate, she and her on-again-off-again boyfriend first made love in a tent after a night of drinking too many wine coolers.

Bristol, a former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, refers to her son Tripp's father as “the gnat named Levi Johnston [who was] constantly spreading false accusations against our family.” She also calls Johnston, who has a book of his own coming out soon, a bad boyfriend "who cheated on me about as frequently as he sharpened his hockey skates."

If Palin acknowledges that she has bad taste in men, she's done better with her book's subtitle. The author of "Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far" is just 20 years old.

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Photo: Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin hold hands at the 2008 Republican Convention. Credit: Shawn Thew / European Pressphoto Agency

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