AUSTIN - Willie Nelson, who at 76, shows no signs of slowing down has admitted that he has been secretly dating American Idol's Tatiana Del Toro since this past Christmas.
Nelson who has the energy and stamina of a man half his age recently performed at The Mr. Davy Crockett Coliseum in San Antonio before a soldout crowd of 90,000.
The undisputed King of Texas played on a star-studded lineup that included Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Brooks and Dunn, and San Antonio's own Banjo Villa.
After the concert Nelson was interviewed by Rolling Stone Magazine's Creola Sambuca and was asked how things were going between him and Tatty as he affectionateley calls Miss Del Toro.
Willie said that things were great. He smiled, took a sip of his Lone Star Longneck and remarked, "You know once you get past Tatty's obnoxiously irritating laugh, her drama queen personality, and her 'I'm so great attitude' the gal is really one fun-as-hell senorita.
Nelson went on to say that she is not really as dumb as most people make her out to be. He said that they recently had their IQ checked. He laughed and said that his was 99 and hers was 146.
Willie grinned, took a puff from his Marlboro and said, "I have known a lot of women in my day, but I have never known any woman who knew more ways of doing the 'he-haw' than that fiesty little Puerto Rican firecracker."
Willie then said that he likes being around that muchacha (girl) so much that he has hired her as one of his backup singers.
The King of Texas then said that now after they finish each concert, he and Tatty get on his state-of-the-art $500,000 bus, pop open a couple of Lone Star Longnecks, and whoop it up like two litle kids at one of the Six Flags Amusement Parks.
Nelson was asked if he planned on making Tatiana Nicole Carmencita Prudencia Del Toro wife number five.
He took a sip of his beer and a puff of his cigarette and asked, "Who?"
He then said that he was just kidding. He coughed a little bit and then he confessed that Tatty had asked him to marry her last week after they had finished their concert in San Juan, Puerto Rico's TortillaDome.
When Nelson was asked what he said, he replied that he was kind of drunk as the dickens at the time, but he said that Tatty showed him a video of him answering yes.
Meanwhile, Tatiana has already hired Gertie Sue Babblejock who is the best wedding dress seamstress in Oklahoma to make her wedding dress.