I feel so sorry for Jon and Kate Gosselin’s children – Cara, Mady, Alexis, Leah, Joel, Hannah, Aaden and Collin.
They have lived out their entire short lives in the spotlight, and the frenetic attention shows no signs of abating.
As if we didn’t already think that the extramarital affair allegations against Jon were bad enough, Kate herself entered the fray, defending allegations made by her own brother, apparently, that she’s engaged in an affair of her own.
Now Kate is talking to People and admitting that her marriage is in deep, deep trouble.
“I don’t know that we’re in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing,” she told People. “I’ve been struggling with the question of ‘Who is this person?’ for a while. I remember where I was the first time I heard her (23-year-old schoolteacher Deanna Hummel) name. It’s one of those things where you can try to make it go away, but there’s blaring, red flashing lights.”
Of course, that’s not exactly acknowledging that she may have contributed to the problems herself, traveling the country with personal bodyguard Steve Neild, sans Jon and the kids.
Kate told People that as tough as it’s been to adjust to the very real possibility that her relationship with Jon is irretrievably broken, she will get through it.
“It’s a lot like when I was first pregnant with the babies, and it was pure shock and denial,” she confessed. “But over time I imagined six cribs in my house, and six car seats. When your mind is ready to go there, you can accept any number of scenarios.”
But that doesn’t mean Kate has given up hope – though she doesn’t specify said hope is about her marriage.
“I will never give up hope that every member of our family can be absolutely happy again,” she said.
Meanwhile, Kate’s brother, Kevin Krieder, is singing like a canary. In an interview with Us Weekly, he said, “Jon came to our door one day and told [Krieder’s wife Aunt] Jodi he suspects it’s Steve the bodyguard, and he feels that he’s getting the bad rap. He feels that Kate’s not being faithful either.”
At recent public appearances, Us Weekly reports that Kate has been very touchy-feely with Neild.
“She was gently poking him, giving him little love pats, totally unlike the slapping she does with Jon,” the magazine’s source said.
And finally (gosh, isn’t this enough already?), Us Weekly reports that the Gosselins make up to $75,000 per episode on their TLC show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” for a 20-episode season – and that amount doesn’t include all of the perks that come with the job.
You know, of course, I’m referring to the Whirlpool Duet washers/dryers that Kate couldn’t stop singing about (literally, I kid you not) a few months ago. But wait, that’s just the tip of the iceberg – or should I say gold mine? Here’s just a sampling (you might be as surprised as me about some of these – they go back quite a ways):
Free solar panels for “Going Green” episode
Mady & Cara’s birthday at American Girl Place (2 dolls and birthday package for 2 adults & 2 kids): $710
Trip to Florida Keys for Jon’s 30th birthday
1/2 an organic cow from Natural Acres Farm: $1,395.00
Tickets to Walt Disney World: $654.00 per day
Utah house rental (estimate: $5,000), ski lift tickets $72 for six days), ski school lessons ($140 per child)
Upright piano, which they got rid of when they moved into their new $1.1 million home : $5,550-$6,350
Old house recarpeted
Teeth Whitening (for Jon & Kate): $1,310 (average price for 2 adults)
Hair plugs (Jon): $5,200 (average cost)
Grand Wailea Resort (Hawaii) for 2008 vow renewal: Suites range from $725-$1,080 per night.
2 purebred German Shepherd puppies: $1,000-$3,000 per dog
Look, we know that freebies come with doing a show like this. But some of this stuff seems a bit much to me. For example, I can’t believe they got rid of that beautiful brand-new piano. What, an upright isn’t fancy enough for their new home? (Look for a baby grand when the series returns on May 25 – I bet we’ll see one.)
And as far as the puppies are concerned… Am I losing my mind or do I not recall seeing Kate write out a check to the dog breeder in that episode? Maybe she just paid him a small fee because he was getting free publicity.
And, like the Mediaweek editor Us Weekly quoted in the piece says, the Gosselins can no longer pretend they’re just an *average* ordinary family.
“Their lives have changed – they’re not struggling anymore,” Marc Berman of Mediaweek said. “They’re eating at fancy restaurants now. Yeah, they still have eight children, but things are different.
“They’re now a celebrity couple. The emphasis of the show has changed, and they need to address how they’ve evolved. If they don’t evolve the show, I think the audience is going to be upset.”