It’s been awhile since I’ve written anything about the Gosselin family. I got really tired of the “Kate shops at Target/Jon acts like a juvenile” headlines that appeared every day. Also, these people are not stars. They may have been quasi-stars at one point when their show was a big hit and they still appeared to be happily married. But now, they really aren’t stars. They’re divorced parents who hate each other, and that’s about it. But I was compelled to write about them today because Jon has decided to stop letting Kate have all the say on their divorce.
Recently doing an interview with Good Morning America, Jon talked about lots of things – mainly his ex, Kate. Jon said many things that you would expect, including how he was tired of the media putting his every move into papers, and how he and Kate were totally different people now. These are all things that you would expect. What I didn’t expect, and still sort of can’t believe, is that he called Kate abusive, as well as a thief. From Bump Shack,
“Our relationship will never be fixed,” Jon said. ” … I don’t trust her anymore. I was abused … I was beaten down … I’m not going back to that life style.”
“Well, excuse me, I’m taking care of the kids,” he added. “She’s on book tours, she’s doing all these things. You know she’s gone a week … comes back. Packs up and leaves again…I’m standing there like, ‘Oh, okay. Your mom’s gone again.’”
“But I can’t sit on the sofa with that woman. I can’t sit on someone right now that I despise. I despise [her] because she’s not speaking from the heart,” he said. “Please — the stuff you tell me in private should be the stuff you tell me on TV.”
It was later on in the interview when Jon called Kate a thief, accusing her of stealing his wedding ring. Apparently, he went to get it one day and it wasn’t there. He said he looked under his kids’ pillows because ‘that’s where everything ends up’ and it wasn’t there. So the natural conclusion is that Kate stole it. Because, according to Jon, “Who else would steal it?” Yeah, right. Jon doesn’t wear his wedding ring because he couldn’t get it off fast enough. And I bet that it’s sitting pretty at the bottom of a lake near NYC or their home in Pennsylvania.
And as far as the abuse goes, that’s an allegation that I would take very seriously if I was Kate. Maybe it’s a chance to slap a big fat lawsuit on him. I always thought when I watched the show that Kate was very hard on Jon. He worked just as hard as she did around the house and helped take care of those kids too. Meanwhile, Kate often stood in the background yelling at him and making jokes to insinuate that Jon was stupid. Okay, that’s not very nice. But sometimes, marriage isn’t very nice. It’s not all about romantic nights by the fireplace and strolls along the beach. The existence of marriage – especially when you have 8 kids – is about learning to survive and doing what you have to do to get it done. Sometimes there’s nagging and sometimes there’s fighting. That’s just part of it and it makes me really mad that Jon is turning it into an abuse situation, which isn’t to be taken lightly. I was really hoping that Jon could show through this interview that he’s learned something. It turns out all he really learned was how to try and make people feel sorry for him. And he’s not even really good at that.
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