Jon Gosselin has certainly seen his fair share of the entertainment world over the last decade, and it hasn’t all been pretty.
He and ex-wife, Kate, quickly became household names when they debuted in 2007 on their hit television series, John and Kate Plus 8. Their eight children, twins Cara and Mady, 18, and the sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel, 14, have seen more than they ever wanted of the spotlight.
Sadly, Jon and Kate chose to part ways in 2009 after rumors of infidelity and mistrust spread like wildfire. Needless to say, this was a ginormous transition not only for John and Kate but for the children as well. The home they once had known was being torn apart before their very eyes.
For some time, the children had resentment toward their father but now that they have gotten older, some have come forward to voice their opinions on the situation. Currently, one of the older twins, Hannah, has been living with Jon while the other children, aside from Collin, live with Kate.
Two years ago, Kate made the executive decision to allow Collin to live away from his entire family in a home for children with special needs. Once he completes the program, the plans for him are not what anyone expected.
On December 12, sources stated that Jon had been awarded temporary sole custody of Collin. According to sources, Jon stated: “It was just easier for the transition. So it’d be easier for one parent just to transition him home, and he wanted to live with me, so it was easier to do it that way.
Jon continued with excitement, “I’m excited to have a male around. I’m surrounded by females.” When asked about the living arrangements of his children, he told all: “Hannah lives with me full time, and then Collin. Leah, Alexis, Joel, and Aaden, they’re with their mom, and then the twins are 18, so they’re adults.”
He went on to say that things aren’t as great as we had hoped for their relationship: “The other four aren’t talking to me, but they’re talking to Hannah. 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 connection.”
Sadly, this is not the way anyone ever envisioned this family scenario to play out. We can only hope and pray that, with time, they will all be able to put aside their differences and do what is in the best interest of all the children involved.