Mady Gosselin Reveals Why She & Other Siblings Have Shunned Brother Collin; Claims Collin Has “Physically Threatened” Her & Other Family Members

“Keep away, Collin!”

One member of the #TeamKate side of the Gosselin family is fighting back over recent claims made by Jon, Hannah and Collin Gosselin on the premiere episode of Dark Side of the 2000s.

Mady Gosselin— one of Jon and Kate Gosselin‘s twin daughters— took to Instagram on Thursday to address claims made in the docuseries by the trio regarding the other Gosselin siblings’ shunning of Collin. In an Instagram Story, Mady claimed that she and her siblings (which include twin sister Cara, and the rest of the sextuplets Joel, Aaden, Leah and Alexis), have good reasons for not have a relationship with Collin, whom Mady claims has “physically threatened” her and every member of their family.

She also claims that Collin has “exhibited hateful and even violent behavior” to certain groups of people.

As The Ashley previously told you, Collin— as well as Hannah and Jon— discussed how Kate put Collin in a residential home for kids with special needs when he was 12, refusing to tell anyone where she had placed Collin, even Jon. Collin eventually contacted Jon and, after what Jon says was a $1 million court battle, Jon was able to spring Collin from the facility. After Jon won full custody of Collin, his mother and other siblings (except for Hannah, who also lives with Jon) have ignored Collin and have no relationship with him.

According to Mady, though, the Gosselin kids and Kate have been threatened by Collin, as recently as last year.

“Here’s the tea!”

“I never wanted to have to speak up about this in order to allow my brother to live privately after the conclusion of our family’s TV show,” Mady’s Instagram Story began. “But I have been overwhelmed by hate messages in the last few days and I feel that I must set the record straight.

“I do not owe my allegiance to any person(s) who has physically threatened me and every member of my immediate family (some incidents as recent as last year),” Mady continued. “Further, I will never allow someone who has exhibited hateful and even violent behavior towards others based in their racial identity, gender identity or religious beliefs to be in my life.” 

Mady went on to say she refuses to make an exception for anyone, even “my brother Collin, who has unfortunately made his opinions very clear in private.” 

On ‘Dark Side of the 2000s,’ Collin expressed his desire to someday reconnect with his brothers and sisters and have a relationship with them again. However, Mady made it clear she has no interest in doing this.

“For me, there is no further conversation to be had about rebuilding relationships with anyone in my life after reaching the point of physical violence and hate speech,” Mady wrote. “I cannot speak any further on why Collin has done these things, just that I have witnessed them.”

Mady concluded her message by asking fans to stop sending her and her family hate messages, stating they have sent the messages, “without knowing the full truth of what we’ve been through.” 

Collin and his brothers filming for ‘Kate Plus 8’

Collin and Jon– as well as Hannah, who has maintained a relationship with all of her siblings— have yet to respond to Mady’s claims. The other Gosselin siblings maintain a much-more private life, although they are on social media. They have not yet commented publicly on their estrangement from Collin. 

On Thursday, Mady added to her message on Instagram Stories, writing, “BTW, I’m not the authority on what trauma others have experienced. But I am the authority on what I have experienced (and I’ve reluctantly shared that with you today). 

“For those of you saying my brother was a child who experienced trauma, and so I must swiftly forgive and forget, please remember that I was a child too,” she continued. “I have empathy for him and what he’s been through but that doesn’t erase the trauma I’ve suffered at his hands.

“We are real people living real lives, not just characters on your TV, which means there is SO much you will never know about our lives. There’s no need to ‘take sides.’ Please just be kind.” 

UPDATE! Mady and Collin’s mom Kate broke her silence on Collin’s claims, while also stating that Mady’s statement is accurate. Click here to read what Kate had to say about Collin. 

RELATED STORY: Bribery, Abuse & More: 10 Shocking Things We Learned From the ‘Dark Side of the 2000s’ Gosselin Episode

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21 Responses


  1. So if she actually believes what she’s saying, that she doesn’t owe anyone who’s been hateful, violent and abusive, in her life, then why is her mother still in her life???? Kate was blatantly obvious and public with her abuse, yet Mady is ousting Collin?? Mady was always a brat, and obviously still is.


  2. As a mother with two children with ADHD, I can tell you your statement isn’t necessarily true… Doctors typically listen to the parents concerns over the child- every time. I live in California and we are pretty “pro-patient” rights when it comes to mental illness, and with children, they STILL typically listen to us parents, over the child. I have actually had to fight for my children to express specific concerns and issues they are having mainly because the doctors want it to come from my mouth. Kate is EXTREMELY manipulative and used to come off as a “concerned” parent who really, only had her best interest in mind. I suspect she had enough to “Deal with” and sent him away so that she didn’t have to deal with very normal behavior issues from a child who simply didn’t want to go along with what SHE wanted. I have no doubt he likely expressed concerning behavior- any child would when they’re treated unjustly like I am willing to bet, Kate treated him. Along with alienation from his siblings or Kate pitting them against him- I’m sure there was some concerning acting out. But… that could have likely been easily resolved with a little effort and actual care from Kate. When my boys started acting out, I yelled a lot, I was frustrated and I’d threaten them with more doctors and therapy. This only made them act out more. It wasn’t until I sought help with how I handled them, calmed down myself and offered concern, and worked WITH them to hear them out- did things change. It’s the same at their school- I have those that actually care, that they listen to and will calm down for. But the ones that have formed their opinions on my children, that can’t be bothered with any extra concern and have a tough love view- they absolutely butt heard with them. If you have enough money, I assure you, it is quite easy to just drop your child off for an extended time. Especially a private institution- not state funded. Even with insurance you are at risk for the institution keeping them as long as possible to collect money. Now, an adult- completely different story. It is quite difficult to have an adult committed without direct evidence and usually even then it takes a LOT to have them committed.


  3. This entire thing never quite passed the smell test for me. *Kate aside,* you cannot just walk someone into a mental institution and leave them there anymore. There’s gotta be a lot of shit documented prior to that and there’s generally ongoing reviews as to why the patient has to remain on the psych hold. Even if Kate was involved in the first placement, Collin was transferred to another hospital in Pittsburgh, meaning he had a whole other care team watching over Kate’s shoulder. There’s something there with Collin, but maybe watching full blown psych patients for a couple years scared him straight.

    We’re never gonna get the whole story here. But between the 2 narcissist parents, neither set of kids was understanding of the reality of the situation.


  4. There might be some truth to what she’s saying. After all, Collin was locked up for literal years without any contact with a single family member. That kind of isolation and cruelty probably did create or exacerbate some volatile behavior. But, that’s on Kate. She did that to him. It will take him years to recover from the abuse.

    That being said, I suspect that Mady is exaggerating.


  5. They’ll grow up someday and realize Jon isn’t perfect but Kate absolutely alienated them with her brainwashing and hateful behavior. Collin was a small child when he was sent away, this is all bs


  6. It’s pure evil to put a child in an institution without even giving the other parent an option. Leave everything out of it and that’s says everything about the situation. And it’s not like Jon wasn’t asking about him or was absent. Even if she messed up by making the decision without first giving him the opportunity, but when he reached out, then threaten to go to court that should have been it. She is evil. So sorry for the 6 left with her.


  7. I believe he was angry and probably threatened all of his siblings. They probably also treated him the same. I threatened my brother with a knife, he tied my sister to a tree once. It’s completely normal sibling behavior. There is more to this story, they don’t talk to their dad either….sounds suspect. I think Kate sent her minion to do the dirty work with that statement. Perhaps they can all just get counseling together.


    1. They don’t talk to their Dad because Kate manipulated and brainwashed them against him. My sister-in-law is related to Kate and the stories I’ve heard are UNREAL. She’s a monster and I don’t say that lightly.


  8. I believe her… wasn’t it in the last year or two the cops had to come because John was physically restraining him from being violent?


  9. Don’t believe her for a second. Is she seriously blaming racism? That one thing people use to completely silent a discussion…

    But virtue signal received, I guess…


    1. Yeah she went there, as expected.

      “Words are violence.”

      If he threatened her, she should have called the police, not Instagram.


  10. I have four brothers and two sisters—siblings fight and threaten all the time!! it is part of growing up with siblings all trying to be seen. Sorry—these kids have been totally brainwashed by kate–she is an evil narcissist!!!


    1. I grew up with 4 siblings and most of my friends were one kid of at least 3-5 siblings. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t have at least one story about them beating each other up, chasing each other with scissors (or a knife), and I have one friend who was smacked in the face by a cordless phone thrown by her sister, after an argument over the usage of said phone (long before the days of cell phones). That one resulted in a bloody nose, and a loose tooth. No one excused the behaviors and punishments were definitely given out, but in the end, we’re all reasonably well-adjusted adults with productive lives.

      I have no doubt that in a household with 8 kids, all either the same age or very close in age, the Gosselin kids probably had some knock down, drag out fights. I just wonder how much Collin was scapegoated as being the source of those fights. Was the finger always pointed at him and the kids knew Kate would always believe that Collin broke the lamp, or Collin stole another kids favorite toy? Did the other kids know that Collin had a quick temper and they quickly learned how to push his buttons, thus igniting an outburst in him which the other kids were entertained by? I don’t doubt that Collin may have had issues, but nothing excuses Kate dumping him off at an institution, not telling Jon anything that was going on, never visiting Collin, never participating in his therapy, and not allowing his siblings to have any contact with him. I know people who have cut off their adult kids for good reason, and the parents are devastated, even when they’re trying to accomplish something by doing this. Kate dumped off a TWELVE YEAR OLD and totally gave up on him. Nah, that’s not love.


  11. The way that these kids throw around the word “trauma” about anything that remotely bothers them these days cracks me up.


  12. She hasn’t talked to colin since he was 12. So if he did do this he was a young kid. We’ve all said really bad thing when we were fighting with our siblings when we were little. It didn’t mean anything. OR Kate worked her little mean girl magic to turn a nothing situation into a big deal and turned those kids against their brother.


  13. But you still have a relationship with your POS mother who left your brother for 3 years in a mental facility without even visiting or telling anyone where he was. Or are you accusing Hannah of lying too? You are full of crap


    1. She hasn’t even talked to Collin since he was a literal child. She’s full of it. She’s been Kate’s lapdog since we first saw her on TV. She never grew up!


      1. I’m curious as to he could have said and done thing “in private” “as recently as last year” when she hasn’t interacted with him in six years.

        Something isn’t adding up. I’m also reminded of how Jon (who I also take with a grain of salt) said that after two years there still wasn’t a diagnosis for him.

        Considering that Collin finished regular high school without being arrested, expelled, or in a psych hold I find it unlikely that his issues were so severe and complex that professionals were unable to come up with a working theory in literal years of inpatient treatment. Kids (and adults, but there are even fewer beds available for pediatric/adolescent patients) who really, really need it have difficulty accessing inpatient treatment at all. Collin was there for YEARS. Kate would have had to really push for that. There’s outpatient treatment.

        If Collin being dangerous to the other kids was actually a concern, and Kate wasn’t just being awful for the sake of being awful (she’s the “runt” of the litter, compassion-wise), pawning him off on Jon (rather than making him pay a literal million dollars after having to track him down himself) would have been a great option.

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