This week’s Star Magazine had some quotes from Jon Gosselin bitching about his financial situation due to his hefty child support payments, which were $22,000 a month the last I heard. Jon had a job working construction last year, but I doubt he’s worked steadily and he’s obviously hurting. He told Star that he was afraid he might get sent to jail for failing to pay child support:
“I can’t afford to pay my rent, and the domestic-relations staff tell me they will put me in jail unless I pay child support. I am a single father who’s trying to make ends meet during a recession. What do I do – pay child support or rent? I need to support my kids, but I could lose my house, and I need my home to continue to have custody.
“I’m doing the best I can. But life is so expensive with eight kids!”
[From Star Magazine, print edition, August 13, 2012]
Jon also had a few choice words about Kate’s ambitions to star in a reality dating show. “I think this is completely ridiculous! We have eight children, and they need us. She is putting reality TV and dating in front of the kids. I know I have a lot to be thankful for, but Kate’s need to be famous is not one of them.”
Poor Jon, he’s just such a victim. Meanwhile Kate is making it clear that Jon doesn’t even have to pay child support any longer. Her lawyer issued a statement that Kate dropped the requirements for support in April:
“I read Jon’s statement on RadarOnline.com and was quite surprised to read that he claims to be struggling to keep his child support payments current. As of April 27, 2012, Kate voluntarily relieved Jon of all current and future child support obligations for their eight children,” she said.
“Kate and Jon talked and worked through all of these issues and she withdrew the child support.
“Currently, he is only paying a small amount on arrears for support that was not paid prior to the April date when she dropped support. Those payments will soon end meaning that Kate is the sole supporter of the parties’ children.
“The last thing Kate ever wanted was for the children to see their father in dire financial straits.”
So Jon is broke from paying past child support, and even after Kate had it waived he went crying to Star about it. I’m not on Kate’s side at all, I just think it’s about time both of them realized that they’re no longer famous, and they’re no longer pulling in the big bucks. It’s time to downsize instead of trying to squeeze another fifteen minutes out of the fame that’s long since passed.
Jon is shown on 4-5-12. Kate is shown on 1-19-12. Credit: FameFlynet