Days after she accused him of emotional abuse, the pair are reportedly taking a break – but is it real?
After a tumultuous week of dueling public statements from Jon Gosselin and his girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, reports surfaced that the couple have split – but a source tells PEOPLE the situation is not cut-and-dried.
“This was all a carefully orchestrated sequence: First, Hailey laments how hard her life has been lately and how bad Jon treats her, then Jon repents. Next, Jon plans to announce that he is going to be spending some time alone,” the source tells PEOPLE. “It has all been designed so that it doesn’t seem as though Hailey got dumped.”
As for whether the pair are actually over, the source says it remains to be seen. “Jon has said he was done [with Hailey] before, but he basically hasn’t been single since he was 19 … He doesn’t really know how to be alone. He’ll probably still spend most of his time either with Hailey, or some new girl.”
On Wednesday, Glassman opened up about her relationship with the reality star dad, telling The Insider that he was frequently angry and emotionally abusive. “He’ll call me and take his anger out on me,” Glassman, 22, said. “He has ‘mantrums.’ …. I cry and say, ‘Why are you so mean to me?’ “
Still, she insisted that she wanted to stay with the father of eight. “I don’t want to leave him all alone,” she said. “When I love someone I would never hurt them.”
A day later, Gosselin apologized to his girlfriend, saying in a statement, “I am grateful for her emotional support and I regret any pain that my actions have caused her.”
Gosselin then announced that he planned to reconnect with his “deeper, more spiritual, more altruistic self” by studying with celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. “I have allowed myself to become somewhat severed from my own moral anchor and [to] be carried away by the challenges of fame,” Gosselin, 32, said Friday.
Boteach seemed to foreshadow the couple’s possible decision to spend time apart. “A husband must be faithful and he cannot be with another woman (while still married) and he cannot humiliate his wife by being photographed with other women,” he said Friday. “Jon has to take responsibility for that and ask for forgiveness.”
Added the rabbi, “For example, he should not be with Hailey Glassman right now and when things are resolved with his wife, then he should think about that.”
A rep for Gosselin had no comment.
• With reporting by LIZ MCNEIL