Jon Gosselin and Christian Audigier
08/20/2009 at 09:00 AM EDT
Christian Audigier first saw Jon Gosselin while flipping through the channels and stopping on Jon & Kate Plus 8 – a much simpler time for the reality TV dad, he says.
"I was watching Jon and Kate and then I was seeing him on the cover of magazines with my shirt and asking for a job," the Ed Hardy designer says, adding he soon flew Gosselin out to Saint-Tropez to join him on vacation. "I met the guy for two days to see what he wanted to do as a job. In the beginning it was Jon and Kate, and then the guy came with another girl. He told me, 'I'm going to come with my stylist. I need two tickets for the plane.' So I said, 'no problem.' "
Though Audigier says Gosselin and current girlfriend Hailey Glassman were not officially an item when he showed up with her in Saint-Tropez, "by the time two weeks passed it was a completely new story," he says.
Just where is Gosselin in his life now? "He is not the same as he was," says Audigier. "He has a more complicated life now. He has all of those kids and a girlfriend and ex-wife."
Next, the pals plan to meet up in Las Vegas at the end of August for the annual Magic fashion show. As far as their joint venture, the designer says nothing is set in stone. But one thing is for sure, "Jon wants to do something involving bikes," says Audigier. "He's a biker."