Kate Gosselin Hints Money Changed Ex-Husband Jon
Kate Gosselin rarely speaks about her ex-husband these days, but in a new interview with People, the mom-of-eight is now giving some insight into what went wrong in her 10-year marriage. In the interview, Kate revealed that her marriage to Jon Gosselin crumbled amid the family’s reality TV stardom and intense tabloid scrutiny. Gosselin also said that Jon’s personality changed dramatically over the 10 years that they were married.
“I really would have thought he’d have been here for the long haul,” Kate told People.
“The weirdest thing is that overnight he became a different person. People closest to me thought I was crazy and making it up. When they saw it for themselves, they were like, ‘Whoa.’ They saw the proof – and then I saw all the letters from women saying, ‘I’ve been there, too.”
According to Kate, Jon began spending money on motorcycles and cars and would stay out late while she was home with their eight young kids. The couple’s sextuplets were only 4-years-old when Jon began his alternate lifestyle. Still, Kate said it didn’t totally surprise her that she ended up as a single mom.
“I knew the divorce rate for parents of multiples, especially higher-order multiples, is so high. I’d done the math,” Kate admitted.
Jon Gosselin’s short-lived life in the fast lane was well documented. After his headline-making divorce from Kate, Jon went through a string of girlfriends and became a de facto poster boy for Ed Hardy’s clothing line.
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In an interview on Bethenny Frankel’s talk show, Kate said she felt like she didn’t know her ex-husband at all.
“I feel like the person that I married, nearly overnight, was not that person anymore,” Gosselin said.
At the time, though, Kate said she felt sorry for her ex and that her kids were “making the best of it.”
“I definitely want [the children] to know that I did not want to hinder or stand in the way of that relationship with him,” Kate Gosselin said of her ex.
“The best thing for my kids is that I give them the opportunity and the ability to continue that relationship. When they’re older, if they don’t want to do it anymore or whatever decisions they make, that is their business.”
Kate Gosselin seems to have stuck to her word. While Jon Gosselin is long past his days of flashing money around and partying on yachts (at one point in recent years he lived in a cabin in rural Pennsylvania), his older daughters, 15-year-old twins Mady and Cara, are currently estranged from him, and Kate is not trying to force a relationship between them.
After Mady Gosselin told People that her father should “spend some time thinking about why we don’t want to see him,” Kate told the magazine she is proud of her teen daughter’s maturity.
“[Mady] doesn’t want to join his game. At that age, to be able to locate the high road and stay on it, that just blows me away,” Kate said.
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Jon and Kate Gosselin made millions from their TLC reality show Jon and Kate Plus 8. While he once enjoyed spending the big bucks he made on the show, Jon now maintains he walked away from it all for the sake of his kids.
“I gave her $3 million,” Kate Gosselin’s ex told Yahoo! Celebrity earlier this year. “I walked away. I moved. [I said], ‘Take all of it.’ It was a moral sacrifice for my children.”
Take a look at the video below to see Jon Gosselin talking about his early years with Kate.
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