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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HLB on

You couldn’t pay me to buy those clothes. He is a loser. Get home and quit using your kids to pay your bills. Imagine he is going to have his children model these clothes. These kids work to much. Something is not right here. Am I the only one that sees this?

T.W. on

I used to love the show Jon and Kate plus 8 and I always felt sorry for Jon alot of the time but now I dont know what to think anymore. I feel like fame has completely taken over Jon and I feel like he is exploiting the children. So sad!

Pía on

what! enyoy your 15 minutes of fame…hurting your childrens… omh this is an example of the power of fame and money

Nancy on

Both of them make me sick. Not a very good role model for your children, Jon. I won’t be buying his designs.

Sarah on

Good for him! If the show portrayed even a hint of what his elationship with Kate was like, then I am very glad he got out and at least he can still share custody of the kids. Why have them witness a horrible marriage for the rest of their lives.

Jen on

Watching the last few episodes of the show, Jon was so nonchalant and Kate was so weepy. Kate got a bad rap fo trying to get sympathy with the crying. Guess we now know how hurt she really was since obviously the rumors of Jon’s affairs are true. He makes me want to barf!!

steph on

he’s a jerk with no back bone seriously that’s it that’s all. He couldn’t cope with the responsibility of a family because he needs someone to make up his mind for him, leaving Kate to carry the majority or the responsibilities and the decision making. Having a man child is worse than being a single parent. Go Kate she’s going to rock it. Hailey Glassman??…come on now…weren’t the families “close” that’s pretty low.

mommy to two on

if I was Kate I would make sure that the kids DONT model the sleezy clothing…tell him if he wants to use his kids as models to go make some new ones with the nut he is with now

roseygurl on

I did feel sorry for him b/c he was hen pecked, but he is such a loserrrr. Really, he should have at least traded up!!

Dee on

What a loser!! My kids won’t be wearing his clothes…I wish this family would just go away!!

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