Why Kate Gosselin From ‘Jon & Kate Plus 8’ and Her Sister Stopped Talking for Years
When Jon and Kate Gosselin first appeared on TLC’s show Jon & Kate Plus 8, fans were captivated by the couple’s lives as parents of both twins and sextuplets. We got a glimpse into their suburban Pennsylvania home, their family dynamics, and how they managed to care for so many children at once. Unfortunately, it was only a few years into the show when divorce rumors spread through the media regarding Jon and Kate. And soon, there was an all-out war of words and legal battles between the two of them for custody of the kids.
Nowadays, the dust has settled on the divorce — but we also remember Kate’s siblings speaking out against her at the time. Here’s what her sister, Kendra, had to say about why the two of them completely stopped talking for years.
Kate’s appearance on the Today show had many speculating she was desperate for fame and money
When news of Kate and Jon’s divorce first hit the media, many flocked to Kate’s side — but it wasn’t long before the tables completely turned. Kate continued her TLC program with the kids but under the title Kate Plus 8, as Jon was no longer included. And though many thought she should have been spending more time with her children instead of reality TV, she also had fans questioning her motives when she appeared on Dancing with the Stars and news shows to talk about her life with her kids.
During one particularly worrying interview on the Today show in 2014, Kate sat with her twins, Mady and Cara, and attempted to show the world how normal and happy her kids were. But the interview took a turn when Mady and Cara both completely clammed up. In the midst of the segment, Kate added, “I don’t want to speak for them but, Mady, go ahead. Sort of the things that you said in (People) magazine, that years later they’re good, they’re fine. Go for it, it’s your chance.” Even after that, the twins remained tight-lipped.
Directly after the strange interview that had viewers talking, Kate’s sister started speaking out — and she didn’t have anything good to report, either.
Her sister, Kendra, claimed Kate hadn’t spoken to her family in at least 6 years
The interview wasn’t the only strange occurrence in 2014 for the Gosselins. Daily Mail Online explains Kendra, Kate’s older sister, spoke out and claimed she hadn’t spoken to Kate in over six years. According to Kendra, Kate’s family had been trying to contact her over the years, but Kate completely shut them out. And another person close to Kate said the reality star left “a trail of hurt people in her wake” due to the way she was acting.
As for why Kate had cut her family out of her life, Kendra posited that the normalcy of her family suddenly no longer fit in with Kate’s lust for fame and fortune. “The last time we saw and spoke with her it was in our church parking lot. That was years ago, I have lost track of time,” Kendra said back in 2014. “I guess we weren’t totally on board with what was going on with the kids, I guess we weren’t excited enough for her and were concerned about her family. … I guess we have our own life and she wants a big life and we don’t fit in. We are just normal everyday people and she doesn’t want us to be part of her life,” she added.
Kendra expressed she was heartbroken that she never got to see her nieces and nephews
Kendra was devastated that Kate seemingly dropped her family for a different crowd — but that’s not all that upset her. Daily Mail Online reminds us Kendra and Kate were living quite close to each other, and Kate’s radio silence meant Kendra no longer got to see all of her nieces and nephews.
Back in 2014, Kendra mentioned she would love to reconcile with Kate, but we’re not sure if that ever occurred for the sisters. “It’s terrible because my children, their cousins, talk about them and wish they could see them. We have our memories from years ago, but we have no contact,” Kendra told Daily Mail Online. As for the Gosselin kids, Kendra mentioned, “We’ll have to tell them we tried to get hold of their mom, we tried to be part of their life, but we weren’t allowed to be. We didn’t leave her, she left us.”
Kendra isn’t the first of Kate’s siblings to discuss her, either. Kate’s brother, Kevin, and his wife, Jodi, testified against Kate in 2010 on the grounds that she was putting her kids in unsafe conditions for the show. And while Kate’s mother has come to her defense in the past, Kate has still criticized her parents, too. Hopefully, for the good of the children, they’ve all been able to reconcile over the years.
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