Collin Gosselin Claims His Mom Kate Took Her “Anger & Frustration” Out On Him As a Child; His Sister Hannah Confirms Kate “Separated” Collin From Other Siblings

“Well…until she stashed me at some random place, of course…”

Collin Gosselin remains estranged from his famous mother, Kate, and, in a new interview for the upcoming docuseries Dark Side of the 2000s, the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star is explaining why. 

VICE TV recently posted a clip of an upcoming episode to its Twitter account, in which Collin— along with his sister Hannah Gosselin— talk about how their mom Kate separated Collin from the rest of his seven siblings and treated him differently than the others.

“I know my mother was going through a lot of things. I mean, a divorce, and plenty of different things that can’t be easy to go through,” Collin, who is now 19, says in the clip. “And, you know, I want to think that she needed someone to take out her anger and frustration on, and it was just kind of me. I was in the way and I was there. So, she chose me.”

“To be fair, me and my Ed Hardy shirts also took a lot of Kate’s hate!”

“I’m not going to say I was a perfect child. But I’d say my misbehaving was no different than from my siblings,” Collin added.

As The Ashley has previously reported, Collin is not on speaking terms with Kate. He has been living with his dad, Jon (and Hannah), for years, with Jon gaining sole custody of Collin in 2018, after Kate failed to attend the court hearing to fight Jon for custody.

Although Hannah recently ended her long estrangement from Kate, she backs up Collin’s claims that Kate isolated Collin and treated him differently than their siblings. 

“He would be separated from us,” Hannah says in the clip. “Like, he would not get to come and play outside with us. He would eat dinner at different times than us.”

“I’ll probably get kicked off Kate’s Christmas card list again for giving this interview.”

“I don’t think effort was made in the home to help him learn what behavior is acceptable and what behavior is not acceptable,” Hannah added.

Back in 2016, Kate announced that Collin had “special needs” and that she had institutionalized him. Collin lived at a treatment center for kids with special needs for years, until he contacted Jon and pleaded with his dad to rescue him. (Jon has claimed that Kate refused to tell him where she had placed Collin. He and Collin have both denied that Collin has “special needs.”) 

The crayon-written “escape letter” Jon received from Collin.

Jon was eventually able to get custody of Collin, in addition to Hannah. (The other Gosselin kids— twins Mady and Cara, and the other sextuplets Alexis, Leah, Joel and Aaden— have no relationship with Jon and have not spoken to him in years.) 

In December, Collin spoke out about his difficult relationship with his mother. In an interview with ET, Collin stated that being sent away to the residential facility by Kate killed any relationship they had.

“After being there, I didn’t have a relationship with her,” Collin said. “Even before [she sent me] there, I don’t think we had much of a relationship and I think that just kept tearing it even more down.”

He described his relationship with Kate as being “worse than what you would say the average teenage kid goes through [with their mom].”

“Can’t please ’em all!”

“It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have a relationship [when I was younger],” Collin said, adding that he’d be open to trying to reconcile with Kate. “I think every son wants to have a relationship with their mom. But I’m doing very well.”

Collin and Hannah recently graduated from high school. According to a “source” (who was definitely, positively not Jon, wink wink), Kate showed up to the graduation to support Hannah but completely “ignored” Collin.

‘Dark Side of the 2000s’ premieres July 18 on VICE TV. It appears that the episode featuring Collin and Hannah will be the season premiere.

Watch the clip below! 

RELATED STORY: Jon Gosselin Admits He Hasn’t Spoken to His Twin Daughters Mady & Cara For Nine Years

18 Responses


  1. My partner’s mother is a nurse, like Kate was at one point, and after her divorce she started to take her rage out on my partner when he was a young teen (his sister backs up this story as does their dad). She had him committed, roughly a half dozen times, to different facilities citing different conditions. The only thing he has is ADHD. He was an angel in these boot camps and mental health facilities so he was always sent back when his mother was ready to take him back. His father still had rights but was too depressed and down beaten to search for his son when he was sent to Mexico or across the U.S. He didn’t know if he was in a wilderness camp or a mental health facility. There are hundreds of each that just take kids without both parents consent. My partner just had to take it as a kid. Now he doesn’t talk to his mom. I can see all of Kate’s kids eventually doing the same.


  2. Kate is a monster and has completely brainwashed the other children . It’s a shame. I am glad that Collin has Hannah and Jon. Kate hates Collin because he reminds her of his father. One of those kids may eventually end up slicing and dicing her . Like Gypsy Rose did to her crazy mother. I hope Collin has the best life possible. Not everyone you lose is a loss. Even if it’s your own monster. I mean mother. The siblings should be ashamed of themselves .


  3. You must be a special kind of demon
    when you go to the graduation of two of your own children and you completely ignore one. That’s your child!!


    1. Kate has always hated Collin. God won’t let her get away with that. Her time will come on judgment Day. Trust me, there’s a special place in hell for her.


  4. I really feel for Collin. Growing up, I experienced a less severe version of what he did … My dad did not manage his stress and anger, and he took it out on me. I have two siblings who didn’t get the same treatment I did. I’m 32 now. And for his part, my dad HAS admitted to what he did, and recently told me it’s “one of the biggest regrets” he has in his life. He’s taken major steps to say sorry – he even bought me a car. But honestly, material things can’t make up for the damage done by being scapegoated at such a young age. The older I get, the more I realize how my dad’s anger toward me contributed toward my low self-esteem, and how that led to so many bad things … abusive relationships, drug use, alcohol abuse, etc. All this is to say that I hope Collin is doing as well as he can now, and I wish him the very best in healing. Feeling rejection from a parent is so, so hard.


  5. She was physically, mentally and emotionally abusive. Her brother and his wife left the show and did several interviews expressing their concerns for how Kate was with the kids. She screamed and bullied and lost it every time she didn’t get her way.

    Colin was a normal 2 year old. 2 year olds say “No!”. 2 year olds get into things and make a mess. 2 year olds throw fits because they don’t know an better. That’s where the teaching part of parenting comes in. This is a quote from Kate written in her journal and published. Colin knocked over high chairs when he was sent to the garage as punishment. Again he was TWO!

    “I was instantly so SO angry, that I grabbed him and spanked him as hard as I could and thought I may seriously injure him so I sent him to his crib…. And whipped him into it very hard!
    I for the first time thought I may really lose it and am glad that I just let him in his crib til Jon came home! I have never felt that I may really seriously injure a child but today was that day!”

    I knew that from watching the show. Imagine what Jon knew living with her and seeing her first hand with the kids. He left because he couldn’t handle her controlling behavior and rage. My problem with Jon is that he left his children there with her. She sends Colin away for years and all he can say is that Kate won’t tell him where Colin is. Pretty sure his parental rights weren’t terminated so he legally could fight for Colin. I would have done anything, spent anything, hired private investigators, whatever I could if that was my son!


  6. I have a family member like Kate. She cannot handle her emotions and knowingly takes it out on someone else when she’s upset. She’s aware that she does it and has even openly talked about it a few times. when she knows she is going somewhere and will be stressed, if she can, she takes someone with her to be mean to them. But mostly she just takes it out on her son because she never wanted him in the first place. She not so secretly thinks he ruined her life. It’s so sad when women like her and Kate have these children and then are horrible to them. These kids didn’t ask to be here, they were birthed and then hated for existing.


  7. I don’t know what to believe. Both parents subjected the kids to some serious parent alienation.

    I see reactions Kate was lazy but having Colin eat at different times and having another day schedule seems far more time consuming.
    It seems cruel to do that 24/7, especially when you have help.

    Unless Colin was diagnosed with a psychiatric condition and Kate was advised to not let him eat and play outside with his siblings every single day, why would you do that to a child and all the kids?

    I do think Colin did/ does have issues of some sort but like I said, I don’t know who to believe.

    I also don’t understand how she was able to get him into a home without Jon’s permission or even knowledge.
    Why did he not have to sign to agree? Why was Jon not given the chance to parent when she couldn’t give Colin the medical attention he needed?


  8. I understand she didn’t want to deal with him because he wasn’t “obedient” but how was she abled to commit him in some kind of institution for kids with special needs? Didn’t a doctor evaluate him? And John didn’t even know where he was and obviously didn’t authorize that. How’s that even legal??


  9. That letter broke my heart. That poor child. I understand Kate was probably overwhelmed with all of the kids BUT that is no excuse to isolate one child and send them away, only for them to become abused by the system. So sad.


    1. She was most definitely NOT overwhelmed “with all the kids”. She literally had help 24/7, hell she even had help when it was just the twins. She said from word go she didn’t “want to be left alone with them for long”-and she never was, even with the twins.

      She’s just a shitty person who never should have had kids in the first place. She may have taken most of it out on poor Collin, but it’s primarily because he was an easy target-which should tell people just how shitty of a person she really is. He acted out ONE time by not doing what she wanted right at that moment-you know, the way children do-and that was all it took for her to label him as bad (“special needs”) and get her hooks into him.

      I would not be surprised if all the kids eventually, likely as adults, have some serious issues manifest because of her.


      1. I never really followed this show to know that she had help/nanny’s.

        Either way, that doesn’t matter.

        If what Collin is saying is true, that is by itself horrible.

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