Jon Gosselin is finally speaking out about his ex-wife, Kate Gosselin. In a November 18 interview on The Dr. Oz Show — Jon’s first time speaking out since his 10-year gag order put in place by TLC was lifted — he claims his ex’s “believe system is skewed” when it comes to parenting their kids eight kids. Jon, 42, and Kate, 44, share 15-year-old sextuplets Hannah, Collin, Alexis, Aaden, Joel and Leah and 19-year-old twins Cara and Mady.
“I believe her intentions, in the beginning, were good intentions. Bringing kids into the world that she fought to have, these kids,” he said, explaining, “But I think once fame and money got involved, it twisted her belief system. On my end, I’ve been fighting to get my kids off TV forever.”
Dr. Oz’s interview with the former reality star focuses a lot on the ex-couple’s son, Collin, who, Jon claimed, Kate sent away to a program for children with special needs without his knowledge. He alleged that Collin was “caged” for the two years, with limited visits from his mother.
Jon went on to blame Kate’s “narcissistic personality disorder” for his children’s developmental issues. “She wants to be right, everything she says, she wants to be right,” he said, explaining, “So if she lies, she wants them to believe her lies” — something he claimed led to Collin being “wrongly institutionalized,” according to InTouch Weekly.
He explained, “She, Kate, institutionalized him without a diagnosis, which created a diagnosis… Just because he was a difficult child, does not mean he had to be sent away. It took me two years to find him.”
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After a lengthy custody battle, Kate received primary custody of the children, although Collin and Hannah currently live with Jon full-time.
“I have to reparent my kids,” Jon said, admitting, “A lot of stuff happened, abuse wise, mental, physical — even though they are 15, they might [behave like they’re] 12. The mental abuse, the [parental] alienation, just the put-downs… Isolation is a huge one. I make them join clubs and go to dances and football games,” he continued, adding, “We all go to… therapy.”
As for his relationship with Kate, today? — “We don’t have a relationship right now,” Jon revealed. “We don’t talk, nothing. The only time I see my ex-wife is in court. It’s just never going to happen due to personality disorders and everything else. We just have different aspects of how we want to parent. In two more years, we are going to have a lot of adults.”
While Jon said he’s concerned for his other children, he’s hopeful they will reunite one day. “Every year I get a new kid, so I am always hopeful,” he said. “Now, our custody agreement is between the children.”
After a preview of Jon’s interview on Dr. Oz was released last week, Kate issued an exclusive statement to People that read: “I have consistently made it a rule never to respond to Jon’s delusional ramblings, and I will not break that rule now. However, at some point soon, I look forward to making sure the absolute truth about our family is known.”
Jon and Kate split in May 2009 after 10 years of marriage, following rumors of infidelity. She also accused him of abuse. Their divorce was finalized in December of 2009.