Relax, Kardashian fans: Kim, Khloe et al will not be calling Ben Flajnik an honorary stepfather anytime soon. Although it sounds like a TV crossover event made in heaven, the controversial season-16 Bachelor star, 30, is slamming a new story claiming that he's dating another reality star — Kris Jenner, newly single since her separation from Bruce Jenner. The Sonoma, Calif. winemaker was romantically linked to the matriarch, 57, after she shared Instagram snaps of herself with Flajnik at his winery. (The pair also hung out at Joe Francis' estate in Mexico.)
"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 tells Us Weekly exclusively. "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."
Flajnik explains that Jenner took Jonathan Cheban — a well-known, longtime Kardashian family friend — for the winery visit. "I showed them around Sonoma. Who doesn't want to ride bikes and drink wine? That's where one of those photos were from."
The ABC star, who split from fiancee Courtney Robertson last fall after a lot of drama, adds that he was "surprised" about the Jenners' separation announcement. "I'm kind of caught in a crossfire," he muses, adding that the entire Kardashian/Jenner clan are "very nice people."
And, in any case, Flajnik, who now splits his time between San Francisco and Sonoma, is spoken for these days. "I've been dating this girl," Flajnik tells Us coyly, declining to give a name. "She's local, she's in the wine business," he says. "We've been dating, she's super great and super smart. It's been a few months at this point."
Recently, he's been busy putting together a charity event for Project Pink to promote breast cancer awareness over at his Evolve Winery in Sonoma Valley on October 26.
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