Every single day is a struggle for Kate Gosselin. In addition to raising eight children on her own and shooting two TV shows (A Twist of Kate and Dancing With the Stars) as well as special episodes of Kate Plus 8, the reality star has to deal with being a single gal again for the first time in ten years. Is it any surprise that she feels sad and lonely?
“I can’t say I’m totally happy. I’m a single mom, and it’s not what I set out for,” Kate, 35, confided on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show April 19. She continued, “I have a lot of lives depending on me now, but I’m surviving, moving forward. I’m doing the best I can. It’s a place where you feel so alone. I once had somebody in my corner who stood next to me and wanted the same things I wanted. I’m doing it alone now.”
Kate, of course, is talking about ex-husband Jon, 33. After ten years of marriage, the Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars finalized their divorce on Dec. 18, 2009. “I was in love with him at one time,” Kate told Ryan. “Somewhere along the line when our goals changed [I fell out of love]. One day our goals didn’t match anymore. Mine stayed the same. My kids’ future – their tomorrow, their next year, their next 20 years – those are my goals.”
Other goals? To survive this heart-breaking time and to be happy again. “I don’t cry often, but I do cry sometimes,” she admitted. “You have to have your little meltdowns here and there.”
One thing that’s helping Kate get through her loneliness is – strangely – someone who’s meant to be her worst enemy: fellow Dancing With the Stars contestant Pamela Anderson. “She’s awesome,” Kate gushed. “We sit in the hair and makeup chairs together and talk about our kids. The Pam I have gotten to know is just a mom who drops her kids off at school and gives me advice on how to be a single mom. I think she’s gorgeous – and we all wish we could be her.”
Kate’s honesty, dignity and devotion to her kids makes her impossible to hate! Who cares if she can’t dance? Kate, America is backing you on Dancing With the Stars because we know a winner – inside and out – when we see one.
— Laura Schreffler