Jon and Kate Gosselin were known for their hit reality television show Jon & Kate Plus Eight. The couple had twins, and then not long after, gave birth to sextuplets. Their growing family landed them a spot on television, where their daily struggles, with eight children, were documented.
However, in 2009, Jon was photographed with many different younger women, and instantly became a tabloid hit. The couple announced their separation during one of the final episodes of their show, which broke the all-time viewership record for a reality television series.
Since their separation, the couple has had a bitter relationship, and have different views on how their children should be raised. Last month, on Oprah’s Where Are They Now? episode, Jon revealed that his children have developmental problems because of the time spent filming the show. On November 4, Kate took to her personal blog to clarify his statements.
I find it very heart breaking that my children’s father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the “development” of our children. These opinions are, in reality, value judgements made about our children and they are based on his limited visits (albeit mutually agreed upon) with our children.
Because he has spoken negatively about our children, I feel I owe it to them to respond on their behalf. Each and every one of our children has met and continues to exceed all physical, mental and emotional developmental milestones throughout their lives. Their normal development is regularly monitored by myself, their pediatrician and school staff, as is usual within any family.
It is also very normal in a family, especially a large family, to have a full range of personalities, abilities, talents, hobbies and struggles. Ours is no different. However, anyone who has personally met our children all have the same thing to say: they are the most normal, pleasant, polite, loving and well adjusted children they have ever met. Most even go on to say that they are a “a delight” to be around.
When our kids grow up, they may see their father’s latest interview and wonder why he made untrue and hurtful statements about them. I know that I risk stirring up an unwanted public and private “frenzy” by commenting on this, but, if our children ever stumble upon that interview, I want to be able to point them to this statement so that they know that I publicly set the record 100% straight on this one, for their sake.
Now, Jon is turning his animosity directly towards Kate. In a recent interview with Philadelphia Magazine , Jon didn’t hold anything back when describing his ex-wife. “Everyone thinks I’m out to get Kate,” he said. “I don’t give a f—! What would I get out of it? Everyone knows she’s an a–hole, you know what I mean? I don’t have to — she’s proven that!”
He then went on to talk about Kate’s excessive use of social media, and how she still wants to be in the spotlight. “She tweets everything,” he said. “To the world, all about my children. I think it’s disgusting and awful. They can’t even have a normal life… Kate wants to still be on television. She’s now digging into the past, because that’s what sells. Too late, honey. No one gives a f—, really.”
However, it’s not Kate that will be making her way back to television, it’s Jon. He recently signed on to appear on VH1’s Couples Therapy, where he will work on his two-year relationship with his girlfriend Liz Jannetta. “I didn’t put out an open bid,” Jon said. “This is something that just popped up. We needed the therapy for our relationship. We really couldn’t afford therapy. And it’s free therapy.”
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