You know, I was the first person to be all like "Paris Hilton and Benji Madden are only dating because Nicole Richie and Joel Madden have a baby together" -- but I have to say -- they really have proved me wrong.
The heiress and the Good Charlotte rocker have been together nine months now (a record for Paris) and Benji is just gushing about how serious they are.
"It's very frustrating when you finally find yourself in a good relationship and people attack it," he said of rumors that he cheated on his girl. "I wear my feelings on my sleeve. I'm very open about how in love I am - Paris and I are very happy."
Benji says he's taking a cue on love from Johnny Cash and his longtime love June Carter Cash.
"I read this Johnny Cash book and it said they were never were apart for more than four or five days," Benji told People.com. "So when Paris and I started getting serious, I was like, 'We shouldn't be apart that much.' We try not to go longer than a week without at least seeing each other for a day or two. That's kind of our rule."
Benji went on to say the had plans to open a tattoo parlor in Beverly Hills, but when asked if he would be inking Paris with, let's say, an "I heart Benji" tat, he replied, "I hope not. I like her the way she is. She's perfect. She's the most beautiful woman in the world. She doesn't need to change one thing."
Dare I say I hope these kids make it?