Jon Wants Friendship with Kate

07/25/2009 at 05:20 PM EDT

Jon Wants Friendship with Kate
Jon Gosselin and Michael Lohan
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Even as Jon Gosselin prepares for divorce, he hopes to remain close to his wife Kate, mom to their eight kids, according to pal Michael Lohan.

"He would love to be friends with her," says Lohan, the estranged father of Lindsay Lohan, who's been showing Gosselin around the Hamptons. "They had eight kids and he would like to work things out the right way and just be friends."

The new buddies spent Saturday in Southampton, attending a business meeting, walking on the beach – where they were met by paparazzi – and shopping at a J. Crew store for clothes to wear to a polo match in Bridgehampton that afternoon.

"A lot of opportunities are opening up for him," Lohan says of his friend, referring to possible endorsement deals.

Lohan also says Gosselin is in a good mood these days. "He's fantastic and upbeat and said that he just wanted to concentrate on his kids and his career and his life," he said. "It's overwhelming for him but he's handling it."

As for for Gosselin's gal pal Hailey Glassman and the former Star magazine reporter Gosselin's been spotted with, Kate Major, "he's not with either one right now," Lohan reports. "He's not concentrating on a relationship with any woman. He just wants to take a step back and deal with his family and his kids."

Meanwhile, Gosselin's wife Kate was at home on Saturday with their eight children, who played in the front yard of the family's Wernersville, Pa., home, making hearts with Play-Doh and offering them – along with plates of Play-Doh food – to their mom.

Despite the occasional timeout for one of the sextuplets, Kate Gosselin seemed to be having a good time. She was spotted with a heart on her face, laughing, kissing each of her kids and once again wearing her wedding ring.

• Additional reporting by Caroline Howard

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