Hailey Glassman’s romance with Jon Gosselin came as a surprise — even to her, she tells People magazine.

“If you had told me a few months ago, I wouldn’t have believed you,” she said of dating the 32-year-old newly single dad of eight kids.

Glassman, 22, says she developed feelings for Gosselin — a family friend who recently split from his wife Kate — while he was nursing his broken heart at her parents’ New York City home in May. “He was so strong,” Glassman said. “I admired him.”

She refutes rumours that she’s engaged to Gosselin, but admits she’s having a great time with her new beau, who recently rented a bachelor pad in Manhattan. “We watch movies, play pool and Ping-Pong. We laugh a lot because I beat him at everything,” she gushed.

She added: “He’s a great cook. He cooks roasted veggies with special seasoning and sauces, and he grills pineapple with a butter concoction.”

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