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A source says Jon Gosselin and Hailey Glassman, his new girlfriend, did not begin their romance until after his wife Kate filed for divorce June 20.

They were acquaintances long before that, but were nothing more until he was officially separated (Jon boning Deanna Hummel is a different matter).

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In any case, when Hailey Glassman visited her parents in New City, N.Y., on May 4, she had a surprise of her own: Jon Gosselin was crashing there.

Jon is a family friend of Hailey's dad, plastic surgeon Lawrence Glassman, who performed Kate's tummy tuck following the birth of her sextuplets.

He was staying at the Glassmans to escape the tensions at home with Kate in Wernersville, Pa. According to a source close to the reality TV dad, "Jon was heartbroken, totally heartbroken. Kate told him to take a hike."

The source, clearly trying to make Jon look like slightly less of a d!ck amid photos of him flaunting his ditz girlfriend in St. Tropez and rumors he bought a ring for Glassman already, claims he and Kate actually split last year:

"She said she wanted her life. She said she was done. Out of the blue."

This account doesn't jibe with reports of Jon Gosselin and his new, classy play thing being seen together May 24, but hey, what's a little revisionist history?

Soon afterwards, Jon Gosselin moved out of the couple's bedroom and slept elsewhere in the house – and started going out to clubs and bars.

As trouble at home grew unavoidable, Jon moved out of the main house and into the apartment above the Gosselins' three-car garage.

At some point after their separation, Jon began dating Hailey Glassman, who was recently revealed to be a fan of hard partying and tag-team action.

Nowadays, Jon and Kate only converse about their kids.

And now that he has scored a bachelor pad in New York City, expect to see Hailey Glassman and Jon Gosselin spending time together in Manhattan.

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The passionate defense of Jon Gosselin's new girlfriend, Hailey Glassman offered by her Facebook friends got us thinking about how weird this whole situation is.

As their marriage has deteriorated amid months of celebrity gossip scrutiny, neither Jon or Kate Gosselin seems to enjoy much in the way of popular support.

Kate Dances

Rather, both have been roundly criticized for everything from spanking Leah to parading around with some 22-year-old ditz just weeks after their separation.

It's hard to tell where public opinion lies, as so much of it is negative toward both. Jon is a cheater! Kate drove him to it! We've heard both arguments.

When it comes to the grating, reverse-mulleted, overbearing hag or the Ed Hardy-wearing boyfriend of Hailey Glassman, the only question is: Who sucks more?

 

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Kate Gosselin may have heard about Jon's new girlfriend.

Returning from a romantic weekend jaunt to St. Tropez, France, with Hailey Glassman yesterday, Jon Gosselin was seen at the family's Wernersville, Pa., home.

Jon and Kate played with their eight kids outside, but barely spoke to each other. With people saying he's secretly engaged to someone else, it's kinda awkward.

Kate goofed around with her children, even riding a tricycle herself, and while Jon Gosselin joined in on the fun, he and Kate didn't interact very much at all.

Both Jon and Kate have pledged to focus on the needs of their eight children as they go forward with their divorce, which will end a tumultuous 10-year union.

"Our goal is to do the very best for our children," they said in a statement last month, echoing the theme of the last new episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8.

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Jon and Kate Gosselin in happier times. Or at least previous times.

Recently, the couple put their differences aside while they celebrated the Fourth of July as a family. That appeared to be a civil, even pleasant affair.

But that was before Jon went public with Hailey Glassman, his 22-year-old ditzy, party animal, possibly-bisexual girlfriend and the daughter of the plastic surgeon who performed Kate's post-sextuplets tummy tuck operation. Pretty rough.

After their odd playtime, Kate packed her bags, hugged her kids and drove off, leaving Jon with the brood. No word on how many fist-pumps ensued.

A observer reports that after Kate left, Jon spent a lot of time on the phone outside and, from what they could tell, "looked very angry and frustrated."

Wonder if Hailey Glassman's already cheating on him ...

Hailey Glassman, Jon Gosselin Picture

Jon and his new piece do St. Tropez, each other.

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Having already gone public with new girlfriend Hailey Glassman just weeks after separating from his wife, Jon Gosselin is not the most popular guy right now.

This story is not likely to help his cause.

According to Radar Online, Jon intentionally started the rumors that his now-estranged wife Kate Gosselin was having an affair with her bodyguard Steve Neild.

“Jon wanted a divorce from Kate and he also wanted to throw attention away from himself, so he spread that rumor,” a source close to the couple said.

“Jon doesn’t like Steve Neild so he didn’t care about the repercussions.”

Kate Gosselin ended being the one who filed for divorce on June 22.

Jon Gosselin on the Phone

Jon Gosselin makes important phone calls. To Deanna Hummel or Hailey Glassman? To celebrity gossip magazines to spread rumors? Who knows! [Photo: Fame Pictures]

“She didn’t want to. In fact, on the day the papers went in, Kate was with her attorney crying and sobbing. She was very upset,” the source added. “Kate did not want the divorce. She did it because she felt she had to protect herself.”

Steve Neild, who is married, hasn’t been seen with Kate for several weeks, although Radar reports he is still a “consultant” on the family’s security issues.

Kate Gosselin has recently been travelling with another bodyguard, including during her business trip to California last week. Speculation is rampant that Kate is now pursuing several options to further her career as a TV personality and author.

New episodes of Jon & Kate Plus 8 are scheduled to return August 3. Hopefully we'll see Kate and her backwards mullet in action on the dating scene.

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The faux Jon Gosselin Match.com ad was pretty awesome.

The newly-released Kate Gosselin counterpart is as well.

In a Match.com profile spoof produced by Funny or Die, Kate Gosselin is looking for a man who likes backwards mullets - party in the front, soccer mom in the back - and doesn't mind stretch marks. An obscene amount of stretch marks.

As for some facts about herself, Kate (username KatePlus8Minus1Hawaiian) she says she has eight fatherless kids who live in Crooked Houses and she never cries.

Ever. She then proceeds to cry. It's wrong, but hilarious ...

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Deanna Hummel who? Apparently moving on from wife Kate and the mistress that wrecked his marriage, Jon Gosselin has been cozying up to Hailey Glassman, 22.

Radar Online quotes a source saying Jon and Hailey are "definitely in love."

Guess Jon's Match.com profile can be retired (in the dating Hall of Fame).

"They are planning a romantic trip to Paris in the next couple of weeks. And Hailey is going to start a shoe line. She is into fashion," the Radar source said.

Another friend of the young cutie says that Hailey Glassman has changed her status on Facebook to "in a relationship." Well, that's the clincher right there!

Glassman is the hard-partying spawn of plastic surgeon Lawrence Glassman, who performed Kate Gosselin's tummy-tuck surgery (seen on Jon & Kate Plus 8).

Hailey was busted by cops for possession of marijuana, hashish and hashish oil in 2005. A male friend called her "one of the most wild women I've ever met."

Here's a photo that will corroborate that assessment ...

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This is Hailey Glassman. The one on the left. Looking a bit drunk and unstable. Holding a gun at the head of what appears to be a friend. Hot stuff. [Photo: Radar Online]

On May 24, Jon Gosselin and Hailey Glassman were spotted at Bourbon Street bar in Nyack, N.Y., and were caught on surveillance video enjoying drinks.

As they left the watering hole, Jon was accosted by a photographer and fled through the back alley, cell phone in hand (and probably Bluetooth in ear).

But it's all good now. He and Kate Gosselin have officially separated, and he is now free to chase whatever tail he desires. Meanwhile, Kate made a whirlwind trip to Hollywood this week, presumably to pursue some sort of ... we have no idea.

Seriously, who wants to pay Kate Gosselin to do anything these days?

Nevertheless, she flew into L.A. Monday and checked herself at the posh Bel-Air hotel. She spent most of her time lounging by the pool and was spotted having lunch with a pair of women on Wednesday, then driving to Burbank for meetings.

The mulleted one flew back home to Wernersville, Pa. late Wednesday.

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Kate Gosselin's marriage may be in divorce court, her clothing line sacked and her cookbook shelved. But her star power hasn't entirely eroded yet.

She's been invited by Maria Shriver to the Annual Women's Conference.

The nation's "premiere forum" for women promotes "empowerment, inspiration and education," helping them become "architects for change."

Also on the list for the October event in Sacramento, Calif.? Katie Couric, Kelly Preston, Cindy McCain, Elizabeth Edwards and Madeleine Albright.

An inspirational architect for change like Kate should fit right in.

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JON MINUS 9: Jon Gosselin looks pretty unhappy in this picture. Probably because he is married to Kate Gosselin. [Photos: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com, Fame Pictures]

California's first lady said it wasn't even her idea to invite the mom of eight to attend. Nor was it her husband, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's.

Maria Shriver said that the couple's teenage daughters, who are fans of Jon & Kate Plus 8, suggested she ask the TLC star to come to the event.

Also noteworthy is that the invites were sent out five months ago, before the family was regularly splashed across celebrity gossip tabloids.

Think they wish they could take a mulligan on that one now?

Hey, at least Kate Gosselin and Elizabeth Edwards can share notes on their respective home wreckers, Deanna Hummel and Rielle Hunter.

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They may have filed for divorce, but Jon and Kate Gosselin have made good on their pledge to focus on their children, reuniting for a Fourth of July picnic.

At their home in Wernersville, Pa., the family played volleyball and picked blueberries for a cake Kate was baking, while Jon was seen lighting sparklers.

Vintage Jon and Kate Plus 8

Fortunately, Cara, Mady, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel were all seemingly able to escape injury ... and a Kate Gosselin spanking.

The event had been planned, as the stars of TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8 agreed a few weeks ago to fulfill their contractual obligations and act like they can tolerate each other set aside their differences for the national holiday.

How wonderful - and not shocking - to see them reunite. Since Kate's book and clothing line have recently been sacked, the show's all she's got left.

How sweet. All 10 Gosselins are back together ... if only because it's a national holiday, and TLC told them to be for the sake of their reality show. [Photo: Splash News]

"Jon pointed to the July 4 holiday and said, 'What are we going to do about that?'" Kate Gosselin recently told People. "I absolutely cannot imagine not spending every single holiday with my kids. I don't care what it takes. I will be there."

Apparently, so will Jon. Even if he is spending the rest of his time hunting for NYC apartments, giving it to Deanna Hummel and posting a profile on Match.com.

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Kate Gosselin's career is drying up faster than Jon's sex drive.

First, her reality show went on hiatus until August.

Then her new cookbook was delayed indefinitely.

Now her clothing line is up in the air.

The reality star's promotion deal with Healthex has been shelved amid her recent divorce filing and separation with husband Jon Gosselin, a company rep said.

"Our project is on hold while she focuses on her family," Healthtex rep Scott Pryzwansky told Radar Online in a brief statement.

Kate Gosselin was hawking the clothing line as recently as May on the Rachael Ray Show. She handed out a gift bag that contained what the host described as "a Healthtex outfit [Kate] helped design and create."

The fall line is still available at Wal-Mart, but Kate is not involved.

On Monday - one week after she and Jon filed divorce papers - her Christian publisher, Zondervan, announced that her upcoming cookbook, Love Is in the Mix: Making Meals into Memories, wouldn't be hitting stores this November as planned.

TLC also confirmed Jon & Kate Plus 8 was going on hiatus until August 3. Viewership was down 77 percent on Monday's "retrospective" episode.

It's okay, Kate. Just get deals in place to pose for bikini photos and sell them to the paparazzi. It's made millionaires out of Spencer and Heidi.

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Jon & Kate Plus Alimony. Jon & Kate Plus Deanna Hummel. Jon Minus 9. Jon Plus 8 Minus K8. Jon & Kate Separ8. Jon & Kate Plus Court D8 ...

Whatever you want to call the next phase of the popular TLC reality show in the wake of Jon and Kate Gosselin packing it in after 10 years of marriage, it's the remaining, adorable eight whom some experts worry about most.

"I'm sad to think their custody might be part of what we're observing on day-to-day basis," says Mary Cushing Doherty, a family law attorney in Norristown, Pa.

The question for a Pennsylvania court could be whether it's in the best interest of the children to have their lives broadcast as children of divorce - is that just too much emotional baggage for any minor to carry period, let alone on TV?

This means a court could order that the kids no longer can be on on TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8, which returns from its hiatus with new episodes August 3.

The network suspended filming on its top-rated program Tuesday to gloss over the fact that Jon and Kate split up allow the Gosselin family to "regroup."

Even if Jon and Kate Gosselin reach a private custody agreement, there's still a chance "the law will reach in and say, 'I think these kids need a child advocate because people have not been looking out for their interests,'" Doherty says.

TLC has said it "continues to support the family and will work with them to determine the best way to tell their story as they navigate through a difficult time."

Another thorny issue could involve splitting the estate, which isn't just about who gets the $1.3 million house Kate and Jon Gosselin live in with their brood.

Any assets acquired between the marriage and separation are Jon and Kate's together, so it's not as if one party earned them. Also, the question remains as to the content of their contract with TLC. What if ratings dwindle and they are canceled?

Yet another interesting issue is who's more likely to be the celebrity moving forward. Is she more likely going to have a steady stream of income, or is he?

Atypically for divorce proceedings, Kate did not request child support or alimony. The interesting thing is going to be whether Jon asks for financial help.

Should Jon & Kate Plus 8 even come back?