Jon Gosselin is speaking out against his ex-wife Kate Gosselin and detailing their unconventional child custody agreement that literally keeps him in the dark. In a new interview with Yahoo Celebrity, Gosselin says he has no control over which of his eight kids he sees — and he never sees them all at once. Even more shocking? Jon says he hasn’t seen his son Collin in a year and a half.
Gosselin, who now works as a DJ, is no longer afraid to speak out about his situation because he is no longer under a court injunction from TLC, the network that ran his family’s former reality show, Jon and Kate Plus 8, and sued him in 2009.
In the new interview, Jon Gosselin revealed that he gets a weekly dinner night with his kids per his custody arrangement with Kate, and the kids stay over every other weekend. But Jon says he only gets four of his eight kids at a time — and he never knows which four he will see. Gosselin claims he hasn’t seen all eight of his kids together in three years, and he hasn’t seen 12-year-old son Collin at all in nearly two years. According to Gosselin, he has no control over who he sees, and he can’t afford to fight Kate in court over it.
“Now all the secrets are coming out because I’m not afraid to say anything,” Jon told Yahoo. “‘How come you only get four kids?’ Because who I get is who I get. Whoever comes through that gate or gets off that [school] bus is who I get. And Collin is homeschooled, so he doesn’t get off a bus.”
Gosselin, who shares twins Mady and Cara and sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel, with Kate, went on to explain that he focuses on the kids that want to spend time with him.
“If the kids want to come, they come,” he says. “I love them all, but I am going to focus on the ones that want to come. My hands are tied.”
Jon also detailed the expensive court filings that have held him back, saying he has spent the past seven years in court trying to hash things out with his ex-wife and that it just costs too much money because he doesn’t have any kind of a working relationship with her.
Jon Gosselin reiterated that Kate talks smack about him to their children and that he has no contact with his eight kids at all — not even through text — when they are not with him. Jon also alleged that when Kate and his kids are filming their spinoff reality show, Kate Plus 8, she won’t tell him where they are filming. He resorts to figuring out where his family is by searching Twitter for “#kategosselinsighting.”
Jon Gosselin also slammed previous claims that he has never paid child support to Kate, rattling off mind-boggling figures, to the tune of $175,000 a year. In the end, Kate denounced support because Jon agreed to just “walk away” from their house and reality TV fortune.
“I gave her $3 million,” Gosselin said. “I walked away. I moved. [I said], ‘Take all of it.’ It was a moral sacrifice for my children.”
This is not the first time Jon Gosselin has spoken about his bizarre custody arrangement, but with TLC’s lawyers no longer breathing down his neck, it is by far the most detail he has given.
Earlier this year, Jon Gosselin opened up to talk show host Steve Harvey, revealing that he is never told ahead of time which of his kids he will see prior to their once-a-week dinner dates and weekend overnights. During that interview, Jon didn’t specify which of his kids he hasn’t seen in over a year — we now know it’s Collin — but he did elaborate on his helpless situation.
“I only get what I get,” Jon said of his eight kids. “I pull to the gate, and whoever comes down the driveway, that’s who I get. I’m not privy to any information, I don’t know who I’m going to get… I haven’t seen my son in a year and a half. I don’t know why. I can’t talk to him. I have no communication.”
Jon Gosselin, 39, and Kate, 41, split in 2009 after 10 years of marriage. Kate Gosselin continues to film the spinoff TLC reality show with her kids, while Jon vows he will never put his kids in front of a TV camera again.
Take a look at the video below to see Jon Gosselin talking about his custody arrangement with Kate.
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