Kris Jenner Denies Rumors She's Dating 'Bachelor' Ben Flajnik
Kris Jenner remains unfazed by rumors that she is dating former Bachelor Ben Flajnik, and teases fans that the two went on a ‘date night’ Tuesday night – dinner followed by a Beyoncé concert.
Jenner, who recently announced her separation from husband of 22 years, Bruce Jenner, and Flajnik were joined by mutual friend, Liz Heinlein. This marks the second concert the two have attended together, the first being the Oakland, Calif., stop on Kanye West’s Yeezus tour.
Kris Jenner And Ben Flajnik Secret Affair?
Jenner, 58, and Flajnik, 31, met in July when Flajnik was a guest on Jenner’s short-lived talk show, Kris, and the two have since developed a close friendship. Jenner toured Flajnik’s Sonoma County winery with Keeping Up With The Kardashians regular Jonathan Cheban, sparking early buzz of a possible affair. The rumors eventually landed them on the cover of Us Weekly’s Dec. 9 issue with a story that alleges a secret romance between the reality stars.
Jenner and Flajnik are reportedly keeping their romance a secret in an effort to preserve Jenner’s reputation and protect the Kardashian empire.
“It’s all about preserving the brand. It would look really bad if Kris was publicly in a relationship with a much younger man after just announcing the split with Bruce,” a source revealed.
According to the source, Jenner’s estranged husband remains unaffected by his wife’s possible new romance.
“Bruce is saying that Kris is now someone else’s problem… Bruce has never been happier living alone in Malibu,” said a source.
Jenner And Flajnik 'Good Friends'
Both Jenner and Flajnik denied the rumors, insisting that they are just friends.
“Ben and I are good friends. I think he is a great guy but we aren’t dating,” Jenner insisted in a statement to E! News.
In October, Jenner insisted that she was too busy to date, calling any romance rumors works of fiction:
“I don’t have time to date anybody…I mean it all sounds great, right? My fake little fantasy life that they’re making up for me as I go along. Some of the things people write often fascinate me…it’s like a creative writing experience. But I’m not dating anybody, but I do have a lot of really great friends who are a lot of fun and we hang out all the time.”
Flajnik responded to the rumors on Twitter, essentially calling the story a complete lie.
— Ben Flajnik (@BenFlajnik) November 26, 2013
After he reached out to Us Weekly, saying they should have contacted him before running the story, the magazine responded saying that they did, in fact, try to get in touch with Flajnik who replied to their e-mail with a short, “Oh, jeez, ha. I’m over this.”
Flajnik said recently that he and Jenner are actually developing a work venture together and that he is bothered by the rumors.
“We have some really great things in the works, and this is frustrating because it’s not the light I wanted shed on our projects,” Flajnik told People.
It seems rumors of the romance have had a negative impact on Flajnik’s dating life, something Flajnik, who was a contestant on The Bachelorette before staring on The Bachelor, says he has never had to deal with before. Flajnik says that Jenner has been helpful in learning how to deal with the claims.
“She [Jenner] understands why I’m upset and uncomfortable with [the reports.] She deals with this kind of thing on a daily basis, and I’ve worked really hard to stay away from this kind of image,” he says.
Sources close to Flajnik also deny the two are romantically involved despite being photographed together in Mexico. However, Flajnik’s friends seem to think that something could happen in the near future.
“I could see it happening… He’s been known to lie about this kind of stuff before,” a friend told E! News.
– Olivia Truffaut-Wong
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