July 15, 2009 -- "Jon and Kate Plus 8" patriarch Jon Gosselin may be sans wife, but the father of twins and sextuplets is eagerly moving forward with his new life and relationship.
Images of the Pennsylvania dad and his girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, on a yacht on the French Riviera have been published online and in magazines, and Jon Gosselin spoke to People magazine about his relationship with the 22-year-old.
"What began as friendship has grown into something more. I know that my decision to appear publicly with Hailey this weekend will be scrutinized, but I hope that people can see I'm a regular guy who is a going through a very difficult time in life and wants to move forward," he told the magazine.
"I just let her rule the roost and do what she wanted to do and went along with everything and now I finally stood up on my own two feet and I'm proud of myself," Jon Gosselin said on the couple's popular reality television show.
Glassman is described as a wild child who was once arrested for marijuana possession. She is the daughter of the plastic surgeon who performed Kate Gosselin's tummy tuck in 2006.
And at least one expert said Jon Gosselin's parading of his new relationship could be a way for him to send a clear message.
"If someone engaging in these behaviors walked into your office, I would think about revenge, a fairly hostile act," said family therapist Terry Real, who hasn't treated the Gosselins. "I would be wondering if this wasn't some sort of a declaration and the person in the marriage felt emasculated."
Real said by introducing Glassman to the public so soon after his failed marriage, Jon Gosselin could be trying to declare his independence and show that he is strong, not weak.
Jon Gosselin Parties With New Girlfriend
During their European holiday in St. Tropez, France, Jon Gosselin and Glassman met with fashion designer Christian Audigier, who is now in talks with Jon Gosselin to design a clothing line inspired by his love of motorcycles, to be called Hollywood Rebel.
The pair also reportedly partied all night at clubs, dined on lobster and shopped at Prada.
Kate Minus Jon
As Jon Gosselin and Glassman's relationship gains more visibility, Kate Gosselin has been photographed continuing her normal routine in Wernersville, Pa.
She has been seen shopping for groceries and taking care of the Gosselins' twins and sextuplets.
Kate Gosselin also ignored questions from the paparazzi about her soon-to-be-ex's new romance.
Jon Gosselin said, "Kate and I agreed to a 45-day period in which we wouldn't talk about each other."
Despite his flashy new fashion career and romance, Jon Gosselin told People magazine his children remain his top priority.
"Every 10 minutes I keep thinking about the kids and missing them," he said.
But Real said if Jon Gosselin was really thinking about the kids he wouldn't have introduced another woman into the equation until after his divorce was finalized, because it does not send a good message about commitment or restraint.