Jon Gosselin: New Girlfriend, New Design Gig

07/13/2009 at 10:10 AM ET

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Just weeks after splitting from his wife of 10 years, Jon Gosselin is back in the spotlight with a new career and a new girlfriend. Gosselin, 32, turned up in St. Tropez hand-in-hand with Hailey Glassman, the daughter of the plastic surgeon who performed Kate’s tummy tuck in 2006. The lovebirds spent the weekend along the French Riviera so Gosselin could finalize a deal to design his own line of children’s clothing with Ed Hardy designer Christian Audigier. Glassman will also have a hand in creating the kid-friendly fashions. “She’ll have a lot of input with Christian,” Gosselin told PEOPLE of Hailey’s involvement. “And I will, too.” And don’t forget the plus eight — Gosselin tells PEOPLE that his eight kids, who spent the weekend with Kate at the family’s Pennsylvania home, will model his designs in ads for the line. Audigier tells PEOPLE that he approached Gosselin with the idea after noticing that the reality show dad often wore his tattoo-inspired T-shirts on Jon and Kate Plus Eight. “He’s huge,” says the French designer, who may also collaborate with Gosselin on a specialty motorcycle collection. “Everyone knows this family. And everyone will know our clothes. They’ll be fun, easy clothes for kids.” But it wasn’t all work for Jon and Hailey. During the extended weekend aboard Audigier’s yacht, Gosselin and Glassman lunched at the Tahiti Club before cruising around the bay in a cigarette boat. The pair also went shopping at some of the high-end boutiques around St. Tropez, including Hermes and Prada. “They couldn’t take their eyes off each other,” a friend of Audigier’s tells PEOPLE. “They looked so happy to just be together.” “I feel very relaxed,” Gosselin told PEOPLE during his weekend escape. But, “every ten minutes I keep thinking about the kids and missing them.” A reunion will come soon enough: Gosselin is due back home on Tuesday where he will start filming new episodes of the family’s TLC series, which returns from hiatus on Aug. 3. – Michelle Tan; reporting by Jen Garcia and Dana Kennedy

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Sue H on

I’d like to know where both J&K get all the money for expensive vacations – I guess it’s all from the show – STOP WATCHING THE SHOW EVERYONE -I used to watch it but will not in the future. Thats where they are getting all their money from and TLC should be ashamed of themselves for continuing the show – give the kids a break – I never liked Kate she was too bossey for me but now Jon is a waste also – its too early to be seen on the dating scene holding hands!

K on

I hate Jon now and CANNOT believe him! All this time I thought Jon was such a great guy, great father, wow, was I wrong. Fine, you are getting divorced but don’t go on vacations with floosies 2 months later! What an inconsiderate jerk to all EIGHT of his kids. I can’t believe TLC is letting them continue with the show after his actions this past week

Kelly on

I understand that John and Kate are going to be divorced, but how tacky that he is already stepping out in public with someone new. How little regard he has for his children. And now his new career is going to be USING his kids yet again financially? He makes me sick.
Makes you wonder all along that he must have already been cheating on her so that is why Kate filed for divorce. I hope she scalps him financially if he was stepping out on her. You don’t want to be married, thats fine, you get the divorce first, you dont cheat on your spouse because you can’t handle the pressure.

Alicia on

Wow. What a way to exploit those kids. Take away the cameras and the press and focus on your family Jon. Your supposed to be a father, not a celebrity. Get a grip of reality, not reality TV.

Mary on

I can’t believe this. Have some respect for your family you tool! You might have had your reasons to end your marriage, that’s sad but it happens, but going out in the open with another woman right away… WTH…

Marie on

What goes around…comes around. Jon: You’re children are more mature than you are!

Lisa on

He makes me want to vomit – everyone made Kate out to be the bad guy and that’s not the case at all, he’s such a loser!

K on

That’s Jon, but that’s not Kaaate

Nicole on

All I have to say is “what goes around comes around”. What a jerk.

Dee on

When he first met Kate, he had a girlfriend. He cheated on her with Kate. What goes around, comes around.

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