Jon Gosselin: My Kids Have Developmental Problems
By ANTOINETTE BUENO
November 04, 2013
Jon Gosselin, 36, appeared on Oprah Winfrey's OWN show Where Are They Now? Sunday, revealing that his children have problems "developmentally," which he believes have stemmed from their life in the spotlight.
Not surprisingly, he's not sure that the benefits of their popular TLC reality show have outweighed the consequences.
"I saw my kids not growing up normally, like I grew up, and having community," he said about his eight children with his estranged ex-wife Kate Gosselin, 38. "Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things, and yes, they have trust funds, and they're taken care of educationally. Great. But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV."
Jon, who now works as a waiter in Pennsylvania, said that he and Kate are "totally not on the same page" when it comes to raising their children -- twins Cara and Mady, 13, and sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel, and Leah, 9.
"We're totally not on the same page at all about anything. ... At this point there is no cooperation, there is nothing. There's two totally different parenting styles -- two totally different everythings, which is a shame, because it affects me, but it really affects my children."
Jon and Kate Plus 8 aired from April 2007 through November 2009. The couple's divorce was finalized in 2009.
"I really have no relationship with Kate," he said. "I wish her the best in all that she does but [we're] just moving in two totally different directions. ... I really don't know what goes on in Kate's house, and she really doesn't know what goes on in my house."