Woman says she’s “just friends” with Jon

The 23-year-old woman photographed with Jon Gosselin is “just friends” with the Jon & Kate Plus Eight star, she says. Jon said last week that he “showed poor judgment” by going out to a bar with her.

“We’re just friends. It’s absurd that anyone would think otherwise,” Deanna Hummel told People. “We just talk and socialize, the normal things you do when you see friends.” She denies that Jon called her “babe” (“He did not by any means call me ‘babe.’ Nobody calls me babe. That made me laugh.”) and told the magazine she wanted to test drive his car (“He just got this new car and I wanted to drive it. I’m into cars.”).

Deanna adds, “We all have guy and girl friends. Because of who he is, it gets portrayed the wrong way, and it’s unfair to him and his family.” But she also gets kind of close to saying she’d date him if he didn’t have all of that televised baggage. “He’s a very nice guy, don’t get me wrong. But he’s married with eight children,” she said, commenting about his “great family life. I would never ever think to pursue anything.”

Meanwhile, Jon and Kate were photographed together, and they both looked thrilled. Of course, that may just be because paparazzi were harassing them, and it’s easy to take an ugly-looking photograph for someone. But the photos are still amusing because of how irritated they look, especially because, as The Superficial notes, “there’s no doubt Jon and Kate Gosselin’s publicist told them to appear in public together to smooth things over” and they “need to work on their ‘No affair here’ faces.”

Jon Gosselin’s Mystery Woman Breaks Her Silence [People]
Jon & Kate Gosselin need to work on their ‘No affair here’ faces [The Superficial]

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