Longtime reality star Jon Gosselin proudly announced all eight of his children celebrated graduations this year but only attended one due to his estrangement with six of his kids.
‘I had eight graduations this year,’ the former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star, 46, revealed to People while attending Kickz for Kids charity
He continued, ‘I only attended one. The only kids I see and talk to are Hannah [Gosselin] and Collin [Gosselin]. So I’ve been pretty much estranged from Mady [Gosselin] and Cara [Gosselin] for nine years.’
Twin sisters Mady and Cara, both 22, just graduated from college, while his sextuplets – Collin, Aaden, Joel, Hannah, Alexis and Leah, all 19, that he shares with ex-wife Kate Gosselin, graduated from high school.
Reason to celebrate: Former Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Jon Gosselin, 46, revealed all eight of children celebrated graduations this year, but he only attended one; he’s sen in July 2022
According to Jon, he and Kate attended the same high school graduation for their kids, but they kept their distance from each other and didn’t cross paths.though they didn’t cross paths.
‘Hannah invited Kate and… we saw each other, but there was a whole football field between us,’ the Pennsylvania native said of the one graduation he went too recently.
He went on to add, ‘I talked to Hannah and Collin before graduation to make sure that it was gonna be cordial.’
Their father, who now works as a DJ in recent years, went on to reveal that Aaden, Leah, Joel and Alexis Gosselin all still live with their mother.
‘At first it was very difficult, but now it’s, you know, you hope for the best, but you don’t dwell on it, you know what I mean?’ the proud dad shared of his estrangement from six of his kids.
‘Maybe we’ll develop a relationship in the future,’ he said of his hope to rekindle relationships with them, adding, ‘but yeah. I can’t put all my eggs in one basket like I used to and then be upset about it.’
Jon and Kate were married for about 10 years, beginning in 1999 through until their divorce in 2009.
It was Jon who went public and revealed that Kate wanted the divorce, while she contended that ‘Jon’s activities’ left her with ‘no choice but to file legal procedures in order to protect’ herself and the children.
Fractured family: Jon disclosed he only has ongoing relationships with daughter Hannah and son Collin, both 19; the rest of his six children are estranged; the kids are seen in August 2021
Music Man: The former reality star has been working as a DJ in recent years, which at times can consist of at least a dozen gigs a month
Supporting the kids: The father of eight confessed both he and Kate attended the one graduation, but they kept their distance from each other; the former couple divorced in 2009 after about 10 years of marriage; Kate is seen in June 2019
Reality stardom: Jon and Kate starred together on Jon & Kate Plus 8 which was later renamed Kate Plus 8, for about 10 years, from 2007 to 2017
After the split and divorce, Jon began dating Liz Jannetta, a divorced mother of three who works with computers, in January 2012. They dated for about two years until then decided to go their separate ways in 2014.
From there the former reality dad dated Colleen Conrad for seven years but ended up calling it quits in 2021.
During the recent interview with People, Jon confessed that he hasn’t ‘talked to Kate in years.’
The former couple starred together on Jon & Kate Plus 8 which was later renamed Kate Plus 8, for about 10 years, from 2007 to 2017.
In all, the reality show ran for 11 seasons on both the Discovery Health Channel and TLC.
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