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Former NFL star Tiki Barber and Traci Lynn Johnson, now his official girlfriend, sat down with Entertainment Tonight to refute rumors about their affair.

Rumors, they say, which are skewed by perception. Or something.

Tiki is accused of leaving pregnant wife Ginny for the 23-year-old Johnson after 11 years together. But the former Today personality says it’s not true.

“It’s hard, because everything is so skewed by the coverage, and by the perception,” the longtime New York Giants running back said on ET.

For her part, Traci Lynn Johnson added, “I just feel that now is the time to just make sure the rumors that were said are revealed as false.”

Traci Lynn Johnson and Tiki Barber say they did nothing wrong.

Tiki and Traci say that despite claims that they dated for two years before being busted, they were only friends during his marriage. He says:

“We were only friends when I was still married. I was separated, out of my house so it wasn’t until then that we took things to the next level.”

Traci adds: “Tiki and I were romantically involved when he was separated, plenty of people who are separated have boyfriends and girlfriends.”

Tiki hopes for a normal life for his four kids: “My goal is to not have the kids suffer because of the failings of mine and my soon to be ex-wife.”

“I’m just a normal guy who had a job that people cared about, and maybe there is a standard to live up to that but it’s a hard one, for anyone.”

He didn’t live up to Ginny Barber’s standards, that’s for sure.