“Bachelor” star Ben Flajnik may be nearly three decades younger than Kardashian momajer Kris Jenner, but he nonetheless addressed rumors that the two are dating following news that she and Bruce Jenner are splitting after 22 years of marriage.
According to Us Magazine, Flajnik, 30, was caught as off-guard by the announcement that the Jenners were separating as he was by allegations he was romantically involved with the 57-year-old mother of six. Those rumors arose after Jenner shared a photo on Instagram of her posing with Flajnik at his Sonoma winery, but according to the reality star, the photos were innocent, just like his relationship with Jenner. Flajnik, who was previously engaged to Courtney Robertson, said that the announcement "surprised" him.
"I did Kris' talk show a few months back, brought my wines on the show. Of course I offered her a visit to the winery whenever she had a chance," Flajnik said. "That's how we met. Recently, she ended up contacting me about a month ago or so and asked me if they could film an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians at the winery. I of course obliged."
After appearing on her daytime talk show, Jenner swung by the winery with her family friend Jonathan Cheban, Flajnik told the entertainment magazine. “I showed them around Sonoma. Who doesn't want to ride bikes and drink wine? That's where one of those photos were from,” he said.
Jenner revealed to People magazine that she and Bruce Jenner are “just happier now” that they’re no longer living under one roof. "I don't think it was the pace of life. We've always gone 150 miles per hour, and Bruce has more energy than anybody," she said. "I just think it has evolved. I really can't put my finger on it. We're just happier now."
Flajnik, however, maintains that he had nothing to do with the split. “I’m kind of caught in a cross fire. [They are] all very nice people,” he said. On the contrary, Flajnik said that he’s been off the market for several months, although he declined to reveal his girlfriend’s name.
“I’ve been dating this girl,” he said. “She’s local; she’s in the wine business. We’ve been dating. She’s super great and super smart. It’s been a few months at this point.” "There was definitely a shift in the way we treated each other," Kris Jenner said. "We will always be the best of friends, because that's the dynamic of our relationship. We definitely get along as a family and with the kids; we're so connected in that way. We love each other."