Jon and Kate Gosselin may have temporarily settled the messy custody battle over their son Collin, but the reasons for that ruling are much more serious than fans of the family may have realized.
According to Radar Online, prior to being awarded temporary primary custody of Collin, Jon alleged in court documents that Kate did not cooperate with the treatment their son was receiving and that she was a “trigger” for Collin. Jon also asked that Kate not be allowed to be alone with Collin.
“It would not be in the best interests of the minor child … to have independent time with mother or to have mother share legal custody of the minor child because the mother has not cooperated with the child’s treatments and is a ‘trigger’ for the minor child,” Jon’s legal team claimed in October court records.
As those who have kept up with the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 family may recall, Collin lived in a residential care home from 2016 until December 2018 because, according to Kate, he had “special needs.” Jon recently denied Kate’s claim, though, insisting that Collin is not a special needs child and is not “on any spectrum.”
Following his October filing, Jon went on to win temporary custody of Collin in December after Kate was a no-show in court. Collin now lives with his dad and his sister Hannah, while his six other siblings continue to live with Kate. Jon recently revealed to a fan that Kate has had “zero” contact with Collin since he began living with his father.
Despite the damning allegations against Kate and her parenting choices, the mom-of-multiples/leader of the ‘Can I Speak to the Manager’ hairdo movement maintains that she parents “from a place of love.” While promoting her upcoming dating show Kate Plus Date (premiering on TLC in June) during the Television Critics Association’s Winter Press Tour this week, Kate took an opportunity to also promote her parenting skills.
“I am a very protective parent, as you probably know,” she said. “It comes from a place of love. I do think that I care so deeply that I have been, at times, overzealous.”
Joining Kate at the event were her 18-year-old twin daughters, Cara and Mady, whom Kate says may consider letting cameras follow them when they go to college.
“I mean, that’s absolutely up to them,” she said. “I think it’s something that Mady and Cara have discussed potentially and that’s up to them. I imagine as with anything, some may want to, some may not. And that’s totally fine, it’s up to them. It’s always been up to them.”
Just to clarify, we believe Kate is saying it’s up to them…
(Photos: TLC, Instagram)