Ben Flajnik Is NOT Dating Kris Jenner

Bachelor Ben is setting the record straight yet again.

Despite cover stories to the contrary, newly-single Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner is not on the rebound with the winemaker.

Rumors of a supposed affair surfaced after the two were snapped at the 31-year-old’s Sonoma, Calif. winery and in Punta Mita, Mexico with mutual friend and Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis in September. But they’re relationship is purely professional.

“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 is like you can’t do anything without people thinking you’re hooking up or in a relationship.”

And now he’s even having to explain why he was seen driving the 58-year-old momager’s Bentley.

“I happened to be in L.A. and I didn’t have a car, so she let me borrow hers. She wasn’t even there. Her assistant opened up the garage and just said, ‘Pick one,’” he told the mag.

Flajnik adds the circulating speculation on their status is putting a crimp in his real life dating life.

“It comes up a lot,” he added. “I can handle it one person at a time, but when people write articles it is more difficult.”

So how is Jenner reacting to the romance rumors? Like a pro, and she’s giving Flajnik some much-needed advice.

“She’s a beautiful, smart woman,” he said. “But we’re friends. We talked this morning and she said, ‘Hey, don’t worry.’ She 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.”

The reality hunk feels it’s gotten so out of control, he had to vent his frustration publicly just yesterday.