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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Ashley on

What a PIG! We’ll see how long that lasts!

theLovelylisa on

what a scumbag!!! just divorced from his wife and already prancing around a new TRAMP!! and he tried to deny the previous affair that led to the divorce…yea the publics gonna believe you. Oh and I’m sure he’s thinking of the kids every 10 minutes..what a f…ing liar!! i cant stand that waste of human space!

steph on

He makes me sick.. here he says he just dn’t like being in the spotlight and that was the downfall of his marriage and the show.. and now look @ him.. I guess he will have to do something b/c childsupport for 8 is alot! He makes me sick!

ira on

It is so sad to see a father act like this. His poor children having to see how he goes off to the French riviera after only 2 weeks of being divorced from their mother. If he would would realize the emotional effect his decisions can take on his children and how these can affect them in the long run he would probably think twice before being so shameless.

Kris on

What is Christian Audigier thinking. Most people in America are now thinking about what a dirt bag Jon Gosselin is. Unbelievable. He is glorifing an adulterer. What a standup guy. I will definetly not be buying this pigs clothing line.

Gabrielle on

Way to turn the public’s opinion in Kate’s favor, John!

Thought you didn’t want the show? Thought you didn’t want the kids in the public eye? When you have 8 young kids at home, the last place you should be is living it up in France with your new girlfriend. Don’t think your kids will ever see what you’ve been up to? Only a matter of time.

Kim on

What did you all want him to do…sit at home? If I had just broke free from someone as horrible as Kate, I would be on a yacht in France too. Although, I find it a little weird that they made an episode 3 years ago about Kate staying at this girl’s house while she healed. She sort of looks like Kate with longer hair. I say good for them, and if Kate can tour the world writing books and doing speaking engagements airing their dirty laundry, he can put his kids in awesome clothes. Looking forward to how they spin this on TLC.

Stephanie on

Personally, I think that Jon and Kate had problems all along and did the show for money for their kids futures as well as themselves. Should he be ut in public with any other women right nw? No, but he he was just the average Joe getting a divorce, no one would really care. Kate is all over the place putting her books, etc..

Jon Petersen on

They are going to call the line “Bimbo’s best”.

Tessa on

I haven’t been watching this story all that closely but what I have seen makes me sad. This new “partnership” is only going to hurt the kids. How will they feel if they see these pictures or find out that Daddy is working with his new girlfriend. I hope these kids will be homeschooled because kids can be cruel and the parents are giving them tons of ammunition.

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