Jon Gosselin will have a fuller house this holiday season after recently being granted temporary sole custody of his son Collin. However, things between him and most of his other kids (and his ex-wife, Kate Gosselin) remain on bad terms.
The former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star talked about upcoming plans to bring Collin home while attending a red carpet event this week. He also talked about his status with rest of the Gosselin gang, and revealed how he communicates with Kate these days.
“[Collin] is coming home to our house and he’s going to enjoy the holiday with us and go to school and be with his sister, Hannah,” he told ET’s Lauren Zima. (As The Ashley previously reported, Hannah now lives full-time with Jon. The rest of the Gosselin kids live with Kate.)
For more than two years, Collin has been living at a facility to help with his behavioral issues, according to Kate. However, Jon recently revealed that Collin is expected to complete his program and return home before Christmas.
“He’s really excited and we’re really excited to have him home for the holidays,” Jon told ET, adding that after his return, Collin “will be with us indefinitely.”
“It was just easier for the transition,” he shared with People on the red carpet. “So it’d be easier for one parent to just transition him home, and he wanted to live with me, so it was easier to do it that way.”
“The other four [sextuplets] aren’t talking to me, but they’re talking to Hannah,” he said. “It’s what the kids want to do. If they don’t want to talk to me, that’s fine, as long as they keep up with their sibling connections.”
“I’ve been fighting for [custody of the other kids for] 10 years and I will keeping fighting for as long as I have to,” he told ET.
Jon revealed that things also remain combative between he and Kate, despite the fact that they split over a decade ago.
“We don’t communicate. We don’t even text anymore. The last time I communicated with her was either through attorneys or in court,” he told ET.
“But that’s just the way it’s been,” he added. “I guess that’s just the way it works. It’s a shame that we can’t co-parent and I know the whole world wants us to… but it just doesn’t work.”
Jon also shared his thoughts on Kate being a no-show to Collin’s custody hearing with Us Weekly, noting “that’s her.”
“I would never [no-show]… I would always go to court, no matter what.”
Kate has yet to comment publicly on the court hearing, or Jon gaining custody of Collin.
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Crazy how everyone seems to forget about his midlife crisis, and how he abandoned his entire family when the kids were all very small, so that he could have an affair with Kate’s plastic surgeons younger daughter, and go on party boats with Ed Hardy and Michael Lohan…but I digress.
The way the show was filmed, it looked as if he was going out partying while they were still together. But they have both said they weren’t a couple anymore. He was living in the loft above their garage and she was living in the main house. They were split up but hiding it so the show could continue.
Jon and Hanna’s relationship just seems weird.
Based on what, the 2 photos we’ve seen? It’s gross to insinuate anything based on nothing. Do you assume that something’s weird between all girls who live with their Dads? Or boys that live with their moms?
Uhh noo. Just weird that out of 8 kids there’s only 1 that speaks to him.
There are two kids that speak to him. And by saying the relationship is “weird” certainly insinuates something.
OK 2, still weird.
I didn’t insinuate anything.
He should just shut his trap to be honest if he wants “the other four” to talk to him. I’m glad he’s got custody of the those two but maybe your other four would respect you if you would just shut up to the media?
The older girls have said, in an interview, that they quit talking to Jon because he kept repeating what they said to him in private to to the media. They also said they were done talking to Jon because they asked him to keep their lives out of the press but he kept running to the media with stories about them. That’s why they were done dealing with Jon but he refuses to accept his responsibility and blames it on Kate.
Excuse me if I’m wrong, but didn’t their mother blast their entire lives on TV for money because she’s too lazy to get a job?…
And Kate hasn’t done the same? Jon’s no angel but Kate talks about them in the media just as much. Remember when she dragged them onto that talk show and they sat there right on stage and refused to speak because they were so mad that she didn’t listen when they said they didn’t want to do it?
Both parents talk very badly about the other parent in the media, and I’m sure even worse at home. I can’t imagine the things Kate has said about Jon to the kids – it’s no wonder they don’t like him, how could they have an objective opinion while constantly hearing bad stuff from her? (And I’m sure if they lived with Jon it would be the same in reverse). I’m sure they don’t even know what’s true and what’s false anymore. They love their Mom and probably feel they’d be hurting her if they spent time with Jon. They were all put in a selfish game of tug of war and eventually they all just picked a side because they were too young to handle balancing it all.
Both Jon and Kate have exploited their kids and tried to make themselves out to be the victim. The kids have been put in the middle of two toxic adults.
My guess is that all of the kids have complicated feelings about both of their parents and their relationships with the media. I wouldn’t be surprised if the actual divide is that four think sticking together makes things better for them and two think that space makes things better for them. When you have toxic parents and damaged siblings, both strategies are valid and don’t necessarily mean they believe one parent is better than the other.
It so incredibly sad. I know folks always joke about how these kids will be when they grow up but it’s like they never even had a chance to just have a happy childhood.