The Gosselins

The Gosselins are known for their reality television shows 'Kate Plus 8' and its predecessor, 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' The shows take a peek at the daily lives of the Gosselins as they raise their 8 children - a set of twin girls, and a younger set of sextuplets. Both Jon and Kate Gosselin continue to attract international attention through their efforts to establish media careers in the spotlight.

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Why is Kate Gosselin estranged from her parents?

There is a great deal of speculation about Kate Gosselin's relationship with her parents. Add your contribution to the Discussion section and a supervisor will review it.

According to Kate Gosselin's twitter feed her family does support her, but she keeps them protected from the paparazzi.

With the exception of Kate Gosselin, the family has been very private about their relationship.

Despite all the speculation below, Kate's mom has been posting support for her daughter on Facebook and blogs. Allegedly, Mom of KT is Kate's mom, and she maintains support for Kate from a distance.

If Jon Gosselin has green eyes and Kate has blue eyes how did all eight children have brown eyes?

Kate Gosselin has brown eyes.

Biologically speaking, brown is a dominant color. Jon and Kate must both have brown eyed genes in them. If I remember correctly, a recessive eye color like blue or green has a 1 in 4 chance of occurring in the offspring on average.

Is Joel Gosselin autistic?

No. There is not public information that any of the Gosselin children might be on the Autism spectrum.

Every child develops differently, and goes through different stages of development. A few brief seconds on a television show does not represent who they are all the time.

August 2016 stories did come out in the tabloids about Joel's brother Collin attending a different school to meet his special needs. However there is only one brief statement from Kate Gosselin on the situation. Families deal with challenges differently, as the family reality show highlights.. they might have been born at the same time but each child is an individual.

Why can't you know the Gosselins' Webkinz account information?

I see you've noticed their Webkinz! Unfortunately unless you know the Gosselins you cannot get their usernames.

The Webkinz user name and password is private information. Sharing account information is a personal decision. You should never share account information, especially passwords, with people you do not know personally.

In particular, you should never share someone else's account information without telling them.

For the safety of the Gosselins, WikiAnswers will not provide detailed information for the anyone featured in TLC's Jon & Kate Plus 8. This includes sharing personal, private Webkinz account information.

Is the Gosselin Family Fan site a true fan site?

There are a variety of opinions about the site:

Yes, it's a real true fan site run that has been around for almost 3 years. It's the place where fans go on a daily basis to comment on the most recent Jon & Kate Gosselin Information.

However some contributors do not agree:

I feel it's more of a "Kate Fan Site" because all they really care about is Kate and her wants. They don't care about the kids at all

Where do Cara and Madelyn Gosselin go to school?

Cara and Madelyn (Mady) Gosselin attend an elite private school, Lancaster County area of Pennsylvania.. The sextuplets attend the same school.

It is against policy to publish personal information for celebrities and non celebrities alike. Exposing those kids , and violating their privacy at school is not appropriate, they did not volunteer to put their lives on reality television and deserve privacy and respect. Rest assured, they attend school, and spend lengthy time every day commuting to benefit from their educational environment.

Are Jon and Kate Gosselin having marital problems?

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Yes. Jon and Kate Gosselin were divorced in 2009 after 5 seasons of their much loved reality television show 'Jon and Kate Plus 8."

In the wake of the divorce, Jon made his best effort to build a life out of the eye of the camera while Kate pursued media opportunities.

More background:

Papers to initiate divorce proceedings for Jon and Kate Gosselin were filed on June 22, 2009 and the divorce was finalized in the Pennsylvania courts on December 21, 2009.

The papers were filed in Montgomery County Pennsylvania, and are sealed.

During the divorce negotiations, the parents split their time with the children evenly. Both Jon and Kate Gosselin have expressed relief that the divorce proceedings are complete. However, it is safe to assume this is a difficult time for the entire family.

People Magazine was the first to announce the divorce papers and featured yet another interview with Kate Gosselin about the marriage and breakup on June 26, 2009.

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Below are some commentaries and responses from WikiAnswers contributors prior to the divorce announcement:On their show, they constantly say how they love each other despite the bickering, and that they are "in this together."

However their marriage has been plagued by rumors of Jon stepping out without Kate by his side. Some of these rumors have been confirmed by fan and papparazzi photos of Jon (drink in hand) with women other than Kate.

Three incidents that have had a lot of publicity:

April 2009, Incident 1

Jon was spotted leaving by the back door of a Legends, a bar near his home, at 2:30 am. See Related Links for the initial article from US Weekly.

April 2009, Incident 2

A video allegedly showing Jon Gosselin leaving the home of a 23-year-old school teacher was released by US Weekly Magazine.

Jon Gosselin emailed the following statement to US Weekly about the photos:"Like most people, I have male and female friends and I'm not going to end my friendships just because I'm on TV. However, being out with them late at night showed poor judgment on my part. What makes me sick is that my careless behavior has put my family in this uncomfortable position. My family is the most important thing in my life and it kills me that these allegations have hurt them."

February 2009 Incident

The rumors and articles are based on a brief visit that Jon Gosselin paid to his mother to help her out after some foot surgery. While visiting his mom, he did go out to a local restaurant/bar and did take pictures with fans. The excitement ends at that point, but the few pictures -- plus the brief break from his family -- have been cause for a huge volume of unsubstantiated speculation.

Until otherwise documented, the rumors about long-term separation are unsubstantiated.

The Gosselins have freely admitted their life is stressful on their marriage, and that they are working on it. Teasers for the Season 4 finale have made references to their marriage -- but very little actually came up during the final episode.

Is this a grab for ratings or more of the Gosselins' unvarnished reality they continue to share with the public? It is up to each individual to decide.

Until some facts come out... it is mostly rumor and speculation.

According to RadarOnline (see Related Links for the full article), a representative of the Gosselins stated:"It is certainly hurtful for people to spread rumors and lies about us. It certainly makes me reluctant to live my life like the average person would. This has made it very clear that the simplest innocent gesture -- such as taking a picture with a fan, can be taken out of context."As you can see on the show, I am not perfect, but I am a part of a loving family and couple."

Yes, I believe they are. On the season premiere Kate had said they had been struggling with their marriage for more than six months. Kate started crying and said the photo they had taken at the sextuplets 5th birthday party might be their last family photo ever. Also, Kate had mentioned very swiftly Jon and her had turned into two very different people, and it was very hard. Kate had said regardless, married or not, they would come together for the kids, and be friends.

Know one knows yet there trying to make there relationship work!! But at this point it doesn't look like there going to stay together!! But you can't just devorce it's the kids!! They need to do what best!!

No one knows yet there trying to make it there relationship work. But at this point it doesn't look like there going to stay together. But you can't just gat into devorce what about the kids? But i guess they need to do whats best.

Does the Gosselin's big blue bus - Dodge Sprinter van - fit in a car wash?

According to Kate Gosselin's Twitter feed, the family Dodge Sprinter van is hand wash only.

"....does your big blue bus fit in a car wash?! NO. Hand wash only. That's why it's alwys so dirty! Not kidding!'

Where do the Gosselins live?

The Gosselin family lives in central Pennsylvania.

Shortly after announcing their pending divorce, Jon and Kate released a statement saying; in their desire to cause the least disruption to their children as possible and to continue co-parenting, the children will remain in their mini manse in PA and Jon and Kate will find new lodging for the times the other parent is home with the kids.

Jon has an apartment in the Reading Pennsylvania area. Kate's home away from home has not been revealed. So far she has stayed in the family home of her number 1 body guard and in local hotels.

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Did Jon Gosselin cheat on Kate?

According to Jon Gosselin, their relationship was over in October 2008. However the couple was still married when he started dating other women.

So, according to the law... he cheated.

By the laws of relationships... they were already 'broken up."

Kate Gosselin did not cite infidelity as a reason for the divorce. The Gosselin's relationship has been a hot topic of magazine articles, media interviews and blogs. The situation continues to be a hot topic as the Gosselin's settle into their new lives as divorced parents raising 8 children.

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While the blogs have been buzzing with speculation about the state of Jon and Kate Gosselin's marriage. The G's were busy filing for divorce.

If Jon did cheat, is cheating.. or will ever cheat remains a hot topic. At this time, there are many indications of the stresses that lead to the end of their marriage. Jon Gosselin has admitted to seeing other women prior to the finalization of their divorce - so he has cheated. However, he contends the marriage was over in January 2009.. and that he did not see other women until after that point.

There is abundant evidence of poor decision making skills by both Jon and Kate.

The Gosselins relationship has been a hot topic in the news and the blogs. The situation is rapidly developing. At this time, there is no clear information on cheating, the state of the Gosselin's marriage, exact living arrangements of the various suspects or future plans for their family.

What are opinions of Jon and Kate Gosselin?

Kate Gosselin

According to professionals that organize events where Kate Gosselin has appeared. Gosselin is far from the ordinary mom she was presented as on her reality show. There are reports and opinions about Kate Gosselin from all sides... and by all reports, [Kate] Gosselin's reputation for being disrespectful, ill mannered and unkind is well deserved and behind the scenes continues the same behavior seen on camera."

Derek Hough, one of the professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars defends Kate. He was quoted in US Weekly.

"If anyone is allowed to be stressed, it's Kate," he tells Us. "She is so out of her element. She can act any way she wants, in my book."

Fans report generally positive experiences (cute shoes, funny anecdotes, heartwarming stories) from early in Kate Gosselins fame chasing career. See The View backstage video from March 17, 2010 under related links where Phil Getty the producer of The View says that he believes that much of the way Kate was seen was due to who she was married too. Like many people in media production, they appear to egg Kate on and support her mean-spirited humor and jabs at former husband Jon Gosselin.

See the article Kate Gosselin could learn parenting lessons herself under Related Links. In this article, the organizer of the Detroit Women's Show reflects upon her experience hosting Ms. Gosselin as a special event speaker. Apparently Gosselin was haughty, self-important, and rude to the staff and attendees at the show.

A commentator from the area where the Gosselin's live says the Gosselin 'train wreck" was no surprise to anyone living in the area. Not only were the Gosselins bad neighbors, their conflict was painfully clear to anyone who had contact with the couple.

See the article Jon & Kate... Too Late? under related links.

At a charity event for the Heritage Foundation, Kate managed to use up resources for the cash strapped charity and snub other stars at the event.

See the article Kate Gosselin on Ice: A True Diva Showunder Related Links for this answer.

Jon Gosselin

As the father of two sets of multiples, Jon Gosselin entered the media spotlight when the family reality show 'Jon and Kate Plus 8' was broadcast.

At some point, Jon made his disenchantment with reality television clear. A divorce from Kate Gosselin quickly followed. For a brief period, Jon became known for various pictures with fans that were leaked to the media and a series of ill-fated relationships with personalities more interested in celebrity than in helping Jon through his divorce transition. This episode quickly ended, now Jon chooses to live a private life, working a full time job and spending quiet time with a long time girlfriend.

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  • Kate is very sweet and charming in person, she is not as mean-spirited in real life as she is portrayed on Jon and Kate plus 8.\
  • Kate's opinion is kind of simple, she's a neat freak, but at the same time a loving mother who has time for all of her kids. Jon is quiet but just as loving. They sometimes have different opinions on parenting, but always work it out.In my opinion, she's always bitching about something. Especially towards her husband Jon.
  • She just need to learn, how to relax and be patient.It depends on the person. Some people LOVE Kate and Some people HATE KateI personally like herI ABSOLUTELY LIKE HER .
  • She is so awesome!
  • Kate is mentally unbalanced.
  • Kate is orneryKate is a divaI don't think the whole Jon cheating on Kate would be such a big deal if they were not famous.
  • it's like Jamie Lynn Spears. A lot of girls get pregnant and a lot of guys cheat on their wife. It's horrible-but true.
  • I don't think Kate is a good mother. I think that to her money is the first thing on her mind next would be fame and then her children if she was a good mother then her kids would be first but they aren't as it seems!
  • And I think that Jon should just take the kids and leave and if she is upset because of Jon not being there on her birthday well she should get over it because they have an open marriage as they say so it shouldn't matter but that is just my thought so no she is not a very good mother!I like Kate, but she is kind if controlling, and her kids don't really like her either. Jon is plain awesome, but quiet.
  • Kate has gone crazy with the fame and money she gets. The only reason she and Jon got divorced was because she couldn't handle not being better than everybody. They both said they would do everything for the kids, but now they're making everything worse for them!Kate is a great mom.
  • She has got caught up in fame and money, but she still focuses on her kids and realizes that they are most important. Jon is a good dad, he is not as caught up in fame and money as Kate is. I like them both, they are great parents.
  • I did like the show in the beginning - It was about the kids and for the kids --- which you could understand - unfortunately money and fame the root of all evil - has made it all about Kate and Jon... I really feel for the children --- It's time to turn the cameras off and do whats best for those children...I like them for the most part.
  • I feel Kate is a little uptight, and Jon is a little irresponsible, but i think that some people when they criticize the Gosselin parents don't keep in mind the stress that raising sextuplets and twins could bring.
  • I don't believe Kate is obsessed with money, she has to send six kids to college at one time, and she for sure has her kids best interests at heart.
  • I don't think either parent wanted a divorce, but it is better for the kids than for them to be fighting all the time. But you can see how sad each, especially Kate is about not being able to be with her kids all the time.

Are Jon and Kate Gosselin getting a divorce?

Yes. Divorce papers were filed June 22, 2009 and the divorce was finalized in December 2009. See the Reading Eagle: Divorce Papers link for a pdf of the divorce filing.

Their reality show 'Jon & Kate Plus 8" was on production hiatus from June 22 until August 3, 2009. On return, limited new episodes were broadcast as TLC as the Gosselins renegotiated their contract, lives, and shooting schedule.

According to MyFox Philly, the Gosselin's divorce as intitially slated to be finalized on October 20, 2009. See article My Fox Philly: Gosselin Divorce Date Set for October 20, 2009 under the Related Links for this question.

September 29, 2009 Jon Gosselin filed for a 90-day extension to the divorce proceedings. See article USA Today: Jon Gosselin Files Papers to Delay Divorce under Related Links.

October 6, 2009 - The divorce drama - accusations, public interviews and ad hominem attacks continue. See Reading Blog link for the latest filings related to the Gosselin's divorce.

December 21, 2009 - The Gosselin's divorce was finalized.

The Gosselins' relationship continues to bee a hot topic in the news and the blogs.

The ever changing drama between the couple is exposed for public consumption by the couple as they negotiate their relationship moving forward. The situation is rapidly evolving, but don't worry.. there are books, photo ops, and media appearances regularly being pushed forward all for the sake of the children.

The situation is rapidly developing.

Is this the "realist reality show out there?" Experts say it is unlikely.

There is a lot of gossip about Jon and Kate being unhappy with the current state of their marriage, and with both Jon and Kate being featured on 40+ magazine covers in the weeks leading up to the June 22, 2009 announcement of the divorce proceedings.

According to RadarOnline (see Related Links for the full article), a representative of Jon Gosselins stated:

"It is certainly hurtful for people to spread rumors and lies about us. It certainly makes me reluctant to live my life like the average person would. This has made it very clear that the simplest innocent gesture -- such as taking a picture with a fan, can be taken out of context.

"As you can see on the show, I am not perfect, but I am a part of a loving family and couple."

See the discussion board for this question for answers, rumors and speculation leading up to the formal filing of the divorce papers.

Jon and Kate Gosselin filed divorce papers to end their 10-year marriage on June 22, 2009. They have yet to appear in court. As for custody of the kids, they will share. The kids will live full time in the couple's central Pennsylvania home, while Jon and Kate take turns staying there and parenting them. Kate stated that she would be around for the holidays no matter what.

Where are the Gosselin grandparents?

Jon's father did pass away when the babies were a few months old. He was their hands-on helpful grandparent and they miss him dearly. Jon's mom, however, is still present in their life, but just doesn't want to be on TV. Jon talks to his mom more than once a day and she does see the kids. She lives 80+ miles from the Gosselins and isn't able to be in the children's immediate life.

Kate's parents have nothing to do not only with Kate and her family, but with all of her siblings' families as well. They have basically detached themselves from their children and grandchildren. The live and work in the same area the Gosselins live.

Jon addresses the issue of their parents -- and their involvement with the family -- in an interview with KUTV. See Sources and Related Links below this answer for the video: mention of the grandparents is in the 2nd or 3rd video segment.

Other comments by WikiAnswers contributors

  • Kate's father has his Master's degree in Education. He is a teacher, a minister, owns a large campground, was in local government, and they just built a large beautiful house. Due to various reasons, unknown to the viewers, they are not around.

    Kate is not estranged from her parents. She stated in an episode of the show that they simply don't live in the same neighborhood. And added that just because you don't see them on the show, they still participate in the lives of all 8 Gosselin children.

  • The Kreiders are living in Hershey, PA (supposedly disowned by Kate). Jon's father died when the twins were 2. Mrs. Gosselin (now remarried) still lives in Wyomissing, PA. She and her new husband don't have much at all to do with the kids.
  • According to the book "Multiple Blessings," Jon's father passed away when the twins were 4. He was not present for the sextuplets' second Christmas.
  • Jon Gosselin recently stated in an interview that Kate's parents have nothing to do not only with Kate and her family, but with all of her siblings' families as well. They have basically detached themselves from their children and grandchildren.

    Jon's father did pass away when the babies were a few months old. He was their hands-on helpful grandparent and they miss him dearly. Jon's mom, however, is still present in their life, but just doesn't want to be on TV. Jon talks to his mom more than once a day and she does see the kids.

Kate Gosselin is estranged from her parents. Because when the babies were born, Kates dad donated cribs and clothing, and Kate refused since the clothing was not matching, and the cribs were not exactly the same.

What does the Gosselin's church say about them?

The Gosselin's church has posted the following statement: Media Statement from Glad Tidings Church:

Our church has been in the eye of the media recently due to the fame and notoriety of some members of our church family. In response to that media attention, we want to clearly state that our vision as a church is to help people become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. Therefore we welcome everyone and would never refuse anyone the opportunity to worship with us. In addition we respect and protect the privacy of our church family. Therefore, we do not comment or respond to any questions about members of our church family.

See related links for the church's website.

How much money does Kate Gosselin receive?

According to TV Guide, Kate Gosselin receives $250K per episode.

Ms Gosselin has tweeted that the number is an exaggeration.

What do you think? The number is somewhere in the middle.

Do the Gosselins go to school as of 2011 and 2012?

Yes, Mady and Cara are in 5th grade and currently they are 11, The sextuplets are in 2nd grade and they are 7 at the moment.

What type of cars to the Gosselins drive?

Mercedes "Big Black Bus" (Freightliner chassis van/bus) a newer model of the "Big blue bus) which was a Dodge sprinter

Dark gray Toyota Sequoia

And a Black Audi TT

... all single moms have 3 late model vehicles, right?

Who is Kates babysitter on 'Kate Plus 8'?

The babysitter who has been featured in the episodes from this summer, and was part of the "pizza incident" was Ashley.

She has been sitting for the kids for 5 years. Before her tearful departure she reminded the kids that she loves them.. and not to let anyone tell them different.

Ashley's tender comments were caught on camera. It is a moment the kids can treasure - Ashley loves them, and she cares for them in special way.


After "Kate Plus 8" was over, fans continued to ask Kate Gosselin about what kind of help she has to take care of the children.

Here is how Gosselin answered the question in July 2012:

tweeted question to Kate: Just out of curiosity, do u still have nannies for the kids and do you find yourself needing less help as they get older?

Kate's response: lol. Nannies? As in plural? I've always had 1 per for when I travel (stay w kids) and minimal help some days when I'm home.

Prior to this time, Kate said she had help 4 days a week.

In regular daily life, there are many babysitters that work with Kate Gosselin to care for the Gosselin children. These are people working off camera who handle the reality of day to day living in a house with 8 children.

Kate Gosselin says she has sitters 4 days a week, plus additional help for her busy travel schedule. There are a lot of caregivers in the Gosselin kids lives, let us hope those are special relationships.

Who is Ellen Ross?

Ellen Ross was Jon Gosselin's girlfriend from 2010 to January 2012, when Jon Gosselin tweeted their break up.

Jon Gosselin posted:

"Recently, after much thought and discussion, Ellen and I have decided to end our relationship. It was a mutual decision and we are both happy and remain best friends,"

Ellen Ross is a private citizen, and is not in any reality shows. She maintains a personal blog that is entirely unrelated to the Gosselin's reality TV shows.

Ask Away features posts where Ellen gives advice on common everyday issues. According to Ross, people regularly ask her for advice, and she has decided to open up to questions from people on the web.

A link to the official Ellen Ross blog is under Sources and Related Links. (Just below this answer.)

Was Kate Gosselin carrying a Brighton handbag?

Yes, Kate was photographed carrying a Brighton bag during a 2010 outing to a party supply store.

What are the full names and birth order of the Gosselin children?

Birth Order Cara Nicole Gosselin Madelyn Kate Gosselin Alexis Faith Gosselin

Hannah Joy Gosselin

Aaden Jonathan Gosselin

Collin Thomas Gosselin Leah Hope Gosselin Joel Kevin Gosselin This is their first and middle names and their birth order: Cara Nicole Madelyn "Mady" Kate Alexis Faith Hannah Joy Aaden Jonathan Collin Thomas Leah Hope Joel Kevin cara,mady,alexis,hannah,joel,leah,collin and aaden







What is Kate Gosselin's middle name?

Irene. Kate's full names is: Katie Irene Gosselin.