Jon & Kate Plus 8 alum Jon Gosselin’s sextuplets with Kate Gosselin — Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah, and Leah— turned 16 on May 10, 2020, marking a major milestone in their lives. Unfortunately, Jon celebrated with just two of his sextuplets — Hannah and Collin. Both Hannah and Collin live with Jon and his longtime girlfriend, Colleen Conrad, in Pennsylvania, while the other four live with Kate. “Happy 16th birthday to Hannah & Collin!!! I miss you Leah, Joel, Alexis, and Aaden, Jon wrote in an Instagram message, subtly addressing the separation. “I hope your 16th birthday is just as memorable.”
To rewind a bit, it appears Hannah moved in with Jon and Colleen in 2018, although it could have been early as 2017. “Hannah lives full time with Jon and they are always out and about together,” a source told Hollywood Life in August 2018. “The details of his custody arrangement with Kate are top secret though.” That same month, Jon claimed to have full custody of his daughter.
Next to move in with Jon was Collin, who had been enrolled in a live-in facility before the switch to address his “special needs,” as Kate claimed to People in August 2016. However, when Jon won full custody of Collin in December 2018, he denied his son has special needs (via Us Weekly).
Considering Jon has a great relationship with Hannah and Collin, it’s fair to wonder why the same can’t be said for his other children.
Jon Gosselin still struggles to co-parent with Kate
Jon Gosselin revealed to Entertainment Tonight in May 2020 that he “hasn’t really spoken with his other children,” and noted that he’s “not stopping” the siblings from “getting together.” He didn’t elaborate any further in his new interview, although he did speak about it in-depth during a 2016 chat with the outlet. Jon ultimately blames Kate Gosselin for the disconnect, claiming that “she’s trying to actively remove me from the family.” His about the strife all goes back to one thing. “I think it’s about money,” Jon told the outlet. “I think it’s about filming and money — that if I get any right, I’m not going to sign for my kids to film, and I think that’s her fear. Because then she’ll have no income. It’s like taking your job away.”
As Nicki Swift previously reported, Kate faced legal troubles in 2019 when Jon accused her of defying a court order to film a TLC special featuring the sextuplets. Kate was found in contempt of court in December 2019 and was ordered to pay $1,500 in legal fees to Jon.
Another supposed issue? “Their chores supersede their homework,” he told ET. “Their chores supersede any activity. Their chores even supersede my custody, so if they don’t get their chores done, they’re not coming to my house.”
But wait — the drama doesn’t stop here. Stick with us to find out how Collin Gosselin dissed his mom Kate.
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