Kate Gosselin’s Son Collin Leaves Her Out of Mother’s Day Tribute; Praises Jon Gosselin’s Girlfriend Colleen Conrad Instead: “You Are So Much More Than a Mother to Me!”

“This just isn’t my week.”

Kate Gosselin received some Mother’s Day shade on Sunday courtesy of her 16-year-old son Collin, all but confirming the strained mother-son relationship Kate’s ex-husband Jon spoke about earlier this month. 

As The Ashley previously told you, Jon recently said he believes Collin, one of the sextuplets he shares with Kate, will always be affected by Kate’s decision to send him to an institution when he was 11 years old.

On Sunday, Collin, who is now in Jon’s custody along with his sister Hannah, seemed to confirm his dad’s claims in a Mother’s Day Instagram post — a post that conveniently didn’t mention Kate. Instead, Collin took the opportunity to celebrate Jon’s longtime girlfriend, Colleen Conrad, whom he referred to as his “mother figure.”


“Turns out today is Mother’s Day, today we pay love forward to our mothers, but I don’t think mother can describe all the things Colleen has done for me,” Collin wrote on his private Instagram. “Yes a mother clothes her children and cooks for them but it’s the best feeling when your mother or mother figure is one of your best friends and always has your back, the one who always shares that laugh of the humor only you guys get. 

“I could call it Mother’s Day, but it’s more than that, Colleen, you are so much more than a mother to me, you are one of my guidelines and one of my guiding lights. Thank you doesn’t say enough, I love you so much and you’ve done so much for me that claims you my strong, happy, loving and awesome mother figure, you’re irreplaceable. Thank you so much Colleen love you so much!!!”

Jon confirmed in a recent interview with The Sun that, currently, Collin and Kate have no contact, and that Collin is using therapy to come to terms with being placed in the institution by Kate. He stated that it is up to Collin to decide if and when he will bring Kate back into his life.

“I’m going to leave it up to him and his therapist and his team on how he wants to handle his issues [with Kate],” Jon said.

Despite being left out of Collin’s Mother’s Day post, Kate dedicated a post to all six of the sextuplets on Sunday in honor of their sixteenth birthday. In her post, Kate addressed the six kids as a whole, seemingly overlooking the fact that Hannah and Collin were not part of the “junk cereal” birthday lunch she planned.

“Happy 16th Birthday to my half dozen ‘Hershey Kisses’, as they were called at birth,” Kate wrote. “I love you so much! You’re 6 of the sweetest things to happen to my life! Thanks for making every Mother’s Day extra memorable! (They requested ‘junk cereal’ for their birthday lunch (?!) so I got a bit carried away, as usual, and got them 21 different kinds! #Teenagers #AreFun #Sweet16 #HappyBirthdayMyBabies”

Naturally, a few followers called Kate out for the post, pointing out that she only has four of the sextuplets in her custody and some even suggesting that she had “disowned” Hannah and Collin. 

Jon posted a birthday shout-out to the sextuplets as well; however, his post made it much more clear that Hannah and Collin are with him, while the other sextuplets — Leah, Joel, Alexis and Aaden — are with their mother. 

“Happy 16th Birthday to Hannah & Collin,” Jon wrote on Instagram. “I miss you Leah, Joel, Alexis and Aaden I hope your 16th Birthday is just as memorable!!! Love, Dad.” 

In his interview with The Sun, Jon stated that, currently, he does not have contact with the kids in Kate’s care, or his older twins Cara and Mady, adding that he feels the kids are old enough to choose if they want to have a relationship with him.

“[My] door is always open to them,” Jon said of his estranged children. “I haven’t talked to my other kids that live with Kate at all … it’s up to them to reach out.”

RELATED STORY: Jon Gosselin Says Son Collin Will Always Be Affected By Ex-Wife Kate’s Decision to Send Him to An Institution; Reveals That His Custody Battle with Kate is Over

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14 Responses

  1. Soooo coming from someone who has a split up family, I think it’s up to the parents to be endlessly reaching out. There’s no severe drama in my family but there are people I’d like to talk to more but as they are the “grown ups” (I’m no longer a kid but the relationships are still child/grown up) I don’t feel comfortable hounding someone who I wish was the one reaching out rather than me. I like the idea that it’s out of respect not to push the kids but maybe he should be constantly reaching out to let them know he’s there and if he gets static, that’s fine, but it’ll make it easier for them to talk to him. He may never get contact if the parent isn’t the one trying their hardest.

  2. She manipulated & exploited the kids from birth. Glad to hear they’re making such wise choices.

  3. Awesome. She deserves no less. You know how bad you have to be to make Jon look like the sane parent????

  4. It seems as though Jon have stopped playing around and decided to settle down, now he wants to be a dad; really. Kate has her issues but she have done well by those kids. Whose is it there spreading mess and dirt, Jon. Sneaky, sneaky,sneaky. Those kids knows who is the real parent this us why they are still with mom.

  5. I’m happy that Collin has a “mother figure” in his life that is a strong, loving, supportive person. This is the first time I’ve seen Kate mention all 6 children in years. I can’t help but think it’s calculated. I recently saw a picture of 4 of the sextuplets and the twins and she mentioned how grateful she was for all of her six children. She has eight. Jon is just as manipulative as Kate but he is low key sneaky about it. I can’t fathom why he thinks it’s the kids who need to contact him and not the other way around.

    1. If the custody fight is over, can we please quit hearing about these two? So tire of them and Amber and Andrew! It takes two two make a relationship work and two to screw it up. So done hearing about just how messed up selfish people can be. Just sad they have children and mess their lives up in the process of taking swipes at each other. Now that’s the evil selfish part I get totally sick of because it happened to me.

    2. Yes the kids reaching out to him caught my eye too. I get that he is not trying to force visits when they don’t want to see him but as a parent he should let them know he loves them and is there for them on the regular. Not in social media but to each kiddo privately. Public posts, etc are not the way to do it.

  6. It’s kind of upsetting that a minor’s private Instagram was leaked… not sure how I feel about it.

      1. So much class? They are both idiots but only one was routinely caught on camera mentally abusing her children. Only one of them locked up a kid simply for being willful and too much work. Only one of them yanked a child by her arm to grab her away from her father…and there’s a police report to back that one up. Only one is being investigated for illegally filming minors without work permits. Only one of them have been disowned by all their friends from the past and family…and it isn’t Jon. Child abusers have so much class, got it! ?

      2. I think Jon knows Kate will punish the kids if he pushes it. She will hurt them like she did Collin. Do you really think she doesn’t threaten to send them to an institution?

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