Jon Gosselin Said He Has to ‘Explain’ to Followers Why Collin Gosselin Isn’t in His 4th of July Photo

Those who’ve been following Jon and Kate Gosselin since the Jon & Kate Plus 8 days know all about the couple’s saga. The exes went through a high-profile divorce that had devastating consequences for their family. And Kate wrote about Collin Gosselin, one of the sextuplets with troubling behavior, a number of times in the past.

Now, Collin and Hannah live with Jon and his girlfriend, Colleen Conrad. And Jon frequently posts photos of him with his two kids he sees most. Collin seemed to be elsewhere for July 4th celebrations, though — and Jon felt the need to explain to his followers why Collin wasn’t in the photos he posted.

Hannah and Collin Gosselin now live with Jon Gosselin and rarely see Kate Gosselin

Jon Gosselin and Colleen Conrad attend Brooke & Mark's Marriage Soiree, 'The Magic Of Hollywood'
Jon Gosselin and Colleen Conrad attend Brooke & Mark’s Marriage Soiree, ‘The Magic Of Hollywood’ | Greg Doherty/Getty Images for Brooke Lewis and Mark Bellas

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It’s been quite a saga for the eight Gosselin kids. Hannah was the first to choose to live with Jon full-time, and Jon was willing to go to bat for Collin back in 2018.

According to Kate, Collin had “special needs” that required professional attention — so she put him into a full-time facility. “This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own,” Kate told People. “I’ve felt very alone in this.”

However, Kate’s story seems to contradict what Jon’s said. According to Jon, Collin doesn’t have “special needs,” and when he went to court to fight for full custody of Collin back in 2018, Kate never showed. Now, Collin lives full-time with Jon and Hannah, and he seems to be thriving under his father’s roof.

It looks like Collin doesn’t speak to Kate anymore, either. “Collin doesn’t want to see Kate, and so he has not,” a source told Radar Online in 2019. “Kate has not tried reaching out since he left the facility.”

Jon posts plenty of photos to Instagram of him with his 2 kids

Now that Hannah and Collin are with Jon, Jon posts plenty of photos of their smaller family to Instagram. The kids appeared to grow close with Conrad over the years as well. And it’s clear Jon’s thrilled to be able to spend time with at least two of his eight children, though ideally, he’d love to have relationships with all of them.

Back in December 2019, Jon posted a photo of his blended family — and he, Collin, and Hannah look thrilled to be with Conrad and her family. Prior to this photo, Jon posted another from November 2019 showing himself on a fun vacation to St. Croix with Hannah and Collin in tow.

We know Jon has a complicated relationship with a few of the kids who live with Kate. His oldest children, Cara and Mady, are 19 now, and they made it known they don’t communicate with their father.

“He makes it seem like we’re being kept from him, which is insane,” Mady told People back in 2016. “He should maybe spend some time thinking about why we don’t want to see him, and maybe realize that if he ever does want a relationship with us, talking about us on TV is not the way to make that happen.”

Jon told his Instagram followers he feels he has to ‘explain’ why Collin isn’t in the family’s July 4th photo

Jon posted a photo of himself, Hannah, and his girlfriend to Instagram to show off their Independence Day celebration. But he anticipated fans chewing him out for not including Collin in the photo.

“Happy Fourth of July to every one!!! Sorry for the late post!!!” Jon started in his caption. “Collin had other plans with his friends this weekend, that’s why he is not in the picture (shame I have to explain all that, but I just did)!!!!”

However, Jon’s fans reassured him he doesn’t have any explaining to do.

“You don’t have to explain anything,” a fan commented. “We know you’re a good dad. Happy 4th of July.”

“Well if you didn’t explain where Collin is you’d have a hundred people asking where he is so I see why you would cover that topic,” another added. “Happy 4th!”

“It is sad you have to explain :(,” another added. “You all look very happy, but I think you might need sunscreen and a hat! Looks like you’re burnt!! Stay safe.”

We’re glad Jon continues to see support from his fans, as they know he’s a good dad trying his best. We hope to get more family updates in the future!

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