“Jon & Kate Plus 8”: Anatomy of a marriage

Is it true that Jon Gosselin has left his wife Kate?

Jon & Kate BC: Before children.

Jon & Kate BC: Before children.

Online rumors are flying (that statement alone is enough to raise an eyebrow about) that Jon has moved out of the family’s (reputed) $1.3 million Pennsylvania house and in with his mom. This site reports that Jon has been shacking with his mom since February and that the couple is separating.

As sad as that news is, it’s not really surprising. I can’t imagine the pressure all of the Gosselins are under, what with being watched by America nearly nonstop. It’s got to be taking a toll on their relationship – especially with the whole world watching Kate talk to her husband like he’s her ninth child.

What is surprising is the additional gossip rumors that Jon has been hanging around college students – of the young and female variety. (The aforementioned site also features a photo of a man it claims to be Jon hobnobbing with said students.) Star magazine reports that Jon recently crashed a party at Juniata College in Huntington, Pa., playing beer pong with members of the women’s volleyball team, and hung out with the same students at a nearby sports bar. Star quotes a *witness* at the bar as saying:

“He was dirty dancing with several of them, making out, kissing them on their necks and mouths. I thought it was rather surprising for a father with his wife and so many kids at home to be acting like this. He was all over one girl, a long-haired blonde who’s nearly 6 feet tall. He left with several of the girls, including her.”

Sigh. I can’t imagine that having eight children under the age of 10 is easy. And I’m certain that living out your life on television makes it just that much harder. Sure, the perks – don’t forget those Whirlpool Duet washer/dryer sets! – are sweet and provide you with things you never would be able to afford otherwise (hello, fantasy vacation to Hawaii!), but at what cost?

Is your marriage and the health and welfare of your family really worth it?

Update: I just saw Jon and Kate on “Oprah” from yesterday. Boy, that appearance did nothing to help squelch the on-the-rocks marriage rumors…

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