'Jon & Kate' star Jon Gosselin's mystery woman: "We're just friends"
By Christopher Rocchio, 05/04/2009
Deanna Hummel has confirmed she was the mystery woman photographed leaving a club during the early morning hours with Jon Gosselin last month, however she has also denied that she's romantically involved with the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star.
"We're just friends. It's absurd that anyone would think otherwise," Hummel toldPeople in a Monday report.
"He's a very nice guy, don't get me wrong. But he's married with eight children. [He] has a great family life. I would never ever think to pursue anything."
The incident occurred on April 18 when Gosselin arrived at Legends Lounge -- a club near the Wernersville, PA home he shares with his wife Kate and their eight children -- at 11:20PM and "could barely walk" by 2AM, Us Weekly reported in a cover story report published in the magazine's May 11 issue.
Upon leaving the club's back entrance, Jon could reportedly be heard yelling, "Hey, babe! Babe! Give me my jacket!" at a previously unidentified woman before he climbed into his Nissan Nismo. Jon then allegedly "panicked" and urged the female friend to "get in the car!" before she hopped in the drivers' seat and sped away quickly, according to Us.
While Hummel admitted she was the woman at Legends Lounge with Jon, she said the incident is being misinterpreted.
"He just got this new car and I wanted to drive it. I'm into cars," she told People. "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."
In addition, Hummel also denied Jon calling her "babe."
"He did not by any means call me 'babe,'" she told People. "Nobody calls me babe. That made me laugh."
Hummel claims she met Jon through a "mutual pal" a couple of months ago and added the two have since been spending time together as part of a group of friends and never as a couple, according to People.
"We just talk and socialize, the normal things you do when you see friends," she told People.
The incident involving Hummel occurred a few weeks before TLC announced Jon & Kate Plus 8's fifth season will premiere on May 25.
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TLC had announced Jon & Kate Plus 8'sfifth-season renewal earlier this month after the reality show's future had come into question when its fourth-season finale in March featured Jon openly speculating whether or not he wanted to continue with the show for future seasons.
Jon's comments followed an alleged February incident in which he was seen partying with college girls at a Huntington, PA, bar. While at the bar, Jon reportedly met some girls from Juniata College -- who subsequently invited him to a house party where he played beer pong.