Jon Gosselin Just Gave Fans the Truth Regarding Collin Gosselin’s ‘Special Needs’
We’ve been following Jon and Kate Gosselin since the dawn of their TLC series, Jon & Kate Plus 8. The show featured the couple and their eight kids — a pair of twins and a set of sextuplets — as they navigated life in their southeastern Pennsylvania town. While viewers loved the show when it aired, things took a turn for the worse when Jon and Kate announced their separation. And even to this day, nearly a decade after their divorce, the two are still feuding.
Recently, we’ve been hearing a lot about Collin Gosselin, one of the sextuplets, and his alleged “special needs” that Kate has detailed in the past. But does he really have a disability? Here’s what Jon just said that changes everything.
Kate said in the past that Collin was a troubled child with special needs
Despite the show no longer being on the air, fans still got a glimpse into the Gosselin household thanks to Kate Plus 8 — though viewers noticed one of the children was noticeably absent. This is because back in 2016, Kate sent her son, Collin, to a special facility for special needs, Hollywood Life reports. As one insider told the publication, “Kate decided to send him to a facility, because she thought it was best for him. Now it seems that Collin is flourishing, and he’s responding very well to one-on-one instruction.”
Kate has also spoken about her troubled son. Yahoo notes Collin was particularly hurt by his parent’s divorce, and he was even expelled from his private school back in 2010. In Kate’s book, I Just Want You to Know, she wrote a letter to him explaining how he had always challenged her authority through his youth. “I called Daddy at work many days crying because you would not obey. As you have grown, this fact has not changed. You continue to be determined to do what you want to do, and I continue to try to rein you in,” she wrote.
For the reasons she’s outlined to publications in the past, she felt that a special school was most appropriate for Collin. “This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own,” Yahoo notes she said.
Jon just commented on social media that Collin is not on the spectrum at all
Kate has never gone into specific details about Collin’s special needs, though she did tell People, “[There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things.” And while the child was gone, she also added, “We miss him so much, so it’s been hard because there is a huge hole in our family without him here.”
Since January 2017, which is when People published the article about Kate and Collin, fans have been wondering what Collin’s “special needs” entail. And it seems we may have some answers by way of Jon. In Touch Weekly reports Jon posted a photo over the holidays with him, daughter Hannah, and Collin, and one fan was bold enough to ask the question, “I’d love to know if he actually has ‘special needs,’ or if he just didn’t deal Kate’s BS like we all suspect.”
To that, Jon gave his answer. The dad said, “he is not on any spectrum or special needs.”
Jon officially has custody over Collin, too
That might be all of the information we’re getting out of Jon regarding Collin at the moment, as the father-son duo are enjoying plenty of family time together at the moment. Jon just recently gained temporary sole legal and physical custody over Collin, E! News reports. It seems Kate and her lawyers didn’t show up to court that day, which made the battle for Jon that much easier.
As of now, it seems Hannah is still living full-time with Jon, too. It’s believed that Kate still has custody of Hannah, but she’s choosing to say with her father.
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