Where are Jon and Kate Gosselin now? Reality star reaches out to his estranged kids: ‘I'm welcoming them back’
In a recent interview on 'The Dr. Oz Show', Jon Gosselin has said that his home is open to all of his eight children. The 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' star said that he has hopes of reconnecting with his estranged children who live with his ex-wife Kate Gosselin.
Following their very public divorce, John had maintained his distance from Kate but wants to reconcile with some of his children who live with his ex-wife. Jon lives with Hannah and Collin and six children Madelyn, Cara, Aaden, Alexis, Leah and Joel live with Kate.
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On Friday, March 5, 2021, Dr. Mehmet Oz asked the former reality show star why he doesn't call his estranged children. "I've said before I'm welcoming them back into our house and if they're willing to come or reach out or anything like that," Jon said on the show.
"I'm more putting it on them because I've reached out and given the olive branch. Now I can't explain half the things I've done in the past or why I've done things but maybe those are table conversations we can have in person. I'm opening my house in open arms if they're willing to come."
The relationship Jon shares with his children are reportedly so sour that his children who live with Kate did not even reach out to him when he was hospitalized with COVID-19. "I didn't hear from them," he said. "I think Hannah might have told Leah…No, I haven't heard anything from them. There's just a disconnect."
"Whether it's parent alienation, I can't really reach out to them and there's legalities," Jon continued. "I can't go to where they move, it would be trespassing. I guess my plight to them or what I really want to say is I love you, my door is always open, you're welcome anytime, there's no regrets or hard feelings or any of those negative things. You can always come see me or come see Hannah and Collin."
A public divorce
It was on the June 22, 2009, episode of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' that the couple announced they were separating, and that divorce proceedings had begun. Throughout this time, they kept blaming the divorce on each other. Jon reportedly said that it was Kate who wanted the divorce, while Kate stated that "Jon's activities" left her with "no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect" herself and the children.
There was also speculation that Jon's relationship with the daughter of Kate's plastic surgeon Hailey Glassman was the cause for the divorce. However, Glassman dismissed the speculation, saying that her relationship with Jon began only after the couple had been separated for months.
On December 18, 2009, it was announced that the couple's divorce had been finalized. Kate was granted primary custody of the children and the ownership of the family home. Jon would eventually go on to become estranged from most of his children. Reportedly, Cara, Mady, Alexis, Aaden, Leah, and Joel all cut ties with them. Their show 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' would end soon after their public split.
Where are Jon and Kate Gosselin now?
In September 2020, Jon's son Collin accused him of abusive behavior, which led to an investigation by the Berks County Children & Youth Services in Pennsylvania. But the star denied the allegations and had a representative clear the air. "Jon has never abused Collin. No charges have been filed against him and there’s no ongoing CYS investigation," a rep had reportedly said, adding, Collin had "endured severe trauma" over the years and that "Jon is a loving father who has worked hard to ensure that his son gets the support and help that he needs."
Soon afterward, his daughter Hannah came to his rescue, saying, "My dad loves us. He's never been abusive."
In June 2020, Jon posted photos of his girlfriend nurse practitioner Colleen Conrad. "Happy Birthday to my best friend, lover and companion!!! I couldn’t have made it this far with out you. I appreciate everything you have done for me and my kids!!! Love you to death!!!" His last update on Instagram showed the two celebrate Christmas 2020 together. Conrad has two kids of her own.
Since the divorce, Kate wrote one book 'I Just Want You To Know', which was released on April 13, 2010, selling approximately 10,000 copies in its first week and debuting at number 11 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Earlier in 2008, she had written 'Multiple Blessings', which debuted at number five on the list, and 'Eight Little Faces' in April 2009 that also debuted at number five on the list.
On the other hand, it was reported that in October 2020, Kate put her home on the market for $1.299 million, which was bought in 2008 with Jon for $1.1 million. According to a source, she was selling her house because she was "struggling financially". An insider revealed that "she just doesn’t see herself as a nurse anymore. She wants to be a star and the kids are all grown up it seems like it’s time to move on but that’s not easy to do."
She also had legal issues with her previous employee Andrea Novak, who reportedly claimed that Kate owed her over $55,000, which could also be another reason that she needs the money.
According to its Zillow listing, Kate sold her house for $1,085,000. The couple had brought it in 2008 before divorcing later that year for the $1.1 million. She was active on her Instagram up until July 2020, which is when she uploaded her last post.
According to the latest reports, she has dated since her divorce but is still single.