Hailey Glassman is living large and dreaming big a year and half out after what she describes a period of her life involving her ex-boyfriend Jon Gosselin as a “nightmare”. Imperfect Women reached out to Hailey over a year ago after reading some of her tweets and getting the impression that she wanted to vent a little. The timing was not right at that point for Hailey but we kept in touch and recently she indicated she was ready to talk about her life: past, present and what she looks forward to in the future.
Hailey recently moved back to her old stomping grounds on the Upper West side, an area that she is very fond of. “I have Fairway (amazing grocery store), Lincoln Center, Zabars all in my neighborhood,” she said. “ The Upper West Side is more of a family area. I like that, and my parents live right across the George Washington Bridge so it’s easier for my mom to come in and have our mother/daughter lunches together.”
She is currently working in PR and Event planning in New York City but is excited about launching her own PR firm, Hailey Glassman PR & Events, in the very near future. Hailey feels that not only her recent professional experience but also her first hand personal experience gives her the tools to “relate to my clients on both ends of the spectrum, which is very important when dealing with all facets of the media.” She expands on that by stating “You don’t truly know the ins and outs of the media unless you have been through it first hand and most publicists can only see and relate from their college, working, and interning experiences. I know it first hand and professionally. My experience is priceless never mind my vast rolodex of contacts I have kept relationships with and have for my clients. It’s a lot of work though. I eat, sleep, and breathe work. Work is my main priority right now in my life.”
Hailey indicates that she has very little free time on her hands due to her exhausting work schedule catering to clients and time needed to generate a successful launching of her new PR firm. However, when she does have free time, she loves to snowboard in the winter, go to the Hamptons in the summer, play tennis and go out to dinner and have cocktails with her friends.
When asked about the rumors in the tabloids about a possible movie deal, she responded, “I can’t really speak about that due to contracts. We are in negotiations. I can’t just pick up and leave for months while launching my firm. I mean, I am Jewish so if the money is right, how can I say no, but a definite NO to nudity. I refuse to ever get naked in a movie. The lesbian scene, eh…they better cough up some $$$ for that. Maybe a kiss and stuff here and there.”
Pasha, a nightclub on W. 46th St. in New York was recently the venue for Hailey’s 24th birthday party. I asked her how that night was and she responded that it was great and also gave out a little advice on how to stay looking younger.” I feel as if it should have been my 40th birthday with all the life experience I’ve endured. The botox made me feel 24 though. The media and my ex caused me so much stress and along came the stress lines on my forehead that I had to rid my face of. So I got a little botox on the frown lines and felt like my old self again! Women- sometimes when you have been through so much stress it causes your stress lines to get deeper. When you get a little botox it’s as if you never went through it. Well physically it helps but you still have the emotional inner stress and hurt from it. Nothing in life is a quick fix. Remember that.”
I have always found Hailey likeable and honest and right from the beginning I felt she was in the middle of a hurricane regarding her relationship with Jon. There is no denying that she did learn a great deal about the media firsthand during this relationship and subsequent break up. When the questions turn to Jon Gosselin, Hailey’s tone changes dramatically, and it’s clear this vibrant young woman still has some venting to do.
The sticking point with Hailey is her claim that Jon still owes her a large amount of money. “It was horrible. I have never been so miserable in my life. I am not getting into details right now… you can read it in my book. I would never speak of his name ever again if he would just follow through with his commitment and promise to pay me my $200,000 back. He spoke to my family a year ago and promised he would pay it all back by May 1, 2010. We have not heard from him or seen a penny.” For those who wonder if Hailey’s accusations are valid, she states that she has a “copy of a cashiers check with “loan” in the memo from Key Bank and a contract with myself, him, and an attorney.”
“Unfortunately, I am going to have to sue him in court someday. Right now I am too busy to sue him and don’t want the stress of it on my family. My attorney and I were going to file but Jon is once again going to cash in. He will sell everything pertaining to the case like he did to his ex wife Kate. We know how he works. So I need to sue him at the right time. I hate that he truly made it come to this. After my family took him in when he had nowhere to go and supported him. What does he do in return: he lies, manipulates, steals, and took advantage of the whole Glassman family. All I have to say is the day I do see him, you will see me coming out of court with a big smile on my face, and with only one word to say, #WINNING- (courtesy of Charlie Sheen).”
The picture Hailey paints of the relationship is sad and dramatic for someone of such a young age. She speaks of lies and cheating. He was unfaithful numerous times and Hailey states that after getting caught he would “come to me crying and say that the media was lying and that he would never do that to me. He would then call my mom (Lauren Glassman) to manipulate her to convince me to take him back.”
She does dish quite a bit (will let her share those stories with you in her book) but the one that sticks out in my mind is when Hailey says Jon was caught with “the nanny.” As Hailey recalls, Jon came over to her house to beg forgiveness and crying, “Marry me – you are my soul mate. I love you and don’t want to live without you.” “He walked into my room with a huge Louis Vuitton bag. I opened it up and it was the runway bag with the red leather and leopard, just gorgeous. Anyway, I was so happy about the bag I semi let it go. Then I saw my credit card statement a month later to find out I PAID FOR THAT BAG! He used my money to buy me the bag! I now call that bag the “Nanny Bag” and I can’t even look at it or use that $11,000 bag. All my friends always ask me, “Hailey when are you going to wear you Louis leopard,’ I respond and say, “I can’t even look at that Nanny bag.”
One point that I believe Hailey would like to convey in all of this is that she did not break up Jon Gosselin’s marriage. “He was kicked out and they were done way before I entered the picture. He was living in my house way before I even came home from college.” She also feels that given the relationship between the Gosselins and the Glassmans prior to the split, Kate should have came out to the media and said, ”Hailey had nothing to do with breaking up our marriage.”
We want to thank Hailey for this interview and wish her all the best on moving forward.
A few other things about Hailey:
About her mother…
I have protected my mom from the media and to this day I will continue to protect her. Like I said to Jon in the end when he threatened me, “you can hurt me, cheat on me, and lie to me, whatever you want, hurt me, but don’t dare hurt my Mom”.
On Kate Gosselin…
My mother wanted to help a women feel sexy again and help her get her confidence back. (Goal achieved and Kate looks amazing!)
On her biggest imperfection…
My biggest imperfection I would have to say is my weight. My weight tends to fluctuate when I’m upset. I use food at times as a coping mechanism and for comfort. I’m sure its common with many women though. But yeah I do get sensitive about my weight at times. When I go running and then stop- I feel my butt stop like, 3 seconds behind me. Haha! I’m being serious and all you women out there know you relate.
I live life with no regrets. I don’t mean to sound like my Grandma but “If I knew then what I know now.”
On the media…
In a nut shell the media is like the beast, you feed the beast or the beast is going to eat you. There is nothing you can say or do when it comes to the media. It’s a battle that will never be won and you can’t sue them for bogus “sources” and stories because a tabloids pockets are a lot deeper then any normal citizen.
Hailey’s life mantra…
I live my life and has always lived my life by these words: Everything Happens For a Reason.
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind”- Dr.Seuss
On the future…
In ten years I see myself owning two PR firms, one in LA and one in Manhattan. Everything I have been through has been a huge learning experience. I could have been in college for 20 years for PR and would have never gained the knowledge I have from personal experience. It’s ironic I ended up going into PR but like I said before- everything happens for a reason. This isn’t the last you will be hearing from Hailey Glassman.