Star: Jon & Kate’s twisted marriage

Star Magazine decided to take a much-needed break from the uncool Bermuda Triangle this week, and they’re running with a cover story about Jon and Kate Gosselin called “Jon & Kate’s Twisted Marriage”. Epic. It’s more hardcore than the US Weekly covers devoted to the couple. Star lays most of the blame for problems within the marriage right at Kate’s feet. Sourcing Kate’s brother Kevin and his wife Jodi, Kate is accused of ignoring her children for the sake of her career, having an “explosive temper” and cutting off almost all of her family. They also claim that Kate and Jon have a contract that allows him to have women on the side:

Jon & Kate Plus 8 wife Kate Gosselin got on her high horse Tuesday slamming reports that she may have been cheating with her hunky married bodyguard. But what she didn’t know when she spoke to a magazine was the source of those explosive revelations!

In the May 25 issue of Star, we have an exclusive tell-all with the couple who were closer to Kate than anyone else — her brother Kevin Kreider and his wife, “Aunt” Jodi. They were mainstays of the TLC show for its first three seasons.

Kevin and Jodi’s shocking revelations about Jon and Kate include: Jon told Kevin he believes Kate is having an affair with bodyguard Steve Neild; Kate drew up a secret contract that allows Jon to have girlfriends on the side — as long as he stays on the show; She has cut off her entire family — even her parents — and spends less and less time with her eight children while she promotes her career; Her explosive temper and controlling ways have led to bitter battles between the TV couple.

And Kevin and Jodi reveal why they are no longer on the hit show. Kate freaked out when TLC suggested they be paid for their time. “No one else is getting paid but us!” Kate screamed at her brother. “We’re done!’

Kevin has a simple message for her family members. “Kate and Jon, I urge you to focus on what’s most important, and stop trading your marriage and family for fame and fortune!”

[From Star Magazine]

It all seems very retro, doesn’t it? When a couple is having problems in their marriage, just bash the woman. That being said, Kate doesn’t seem like a very good person. But neither does Jon. But I hate the idea that there’s a “reason” for Jon’s wandering eye. Considering Star actually has a named source, Kate’s brother, I’d bet that much of this stuff is true. Sort of. I’d guess that there’s some sort of personal beef between brother and sister, and that after Kevin spoke to Star, he’s going to be cute out of Kate’s life as well. I’d also bet that Jon isn’t an angel, either. Won’t anyone think of the children?

Jon and Kate are all over the tabloids this week – US Weekly in running several stories about Kate’s cheating heart and Jon being the most hapless husband in the world. Kate is on the cover of People with the headline “We Might Split Up” and the Enquirer screams “She’ll lose all 8 Kids”

Thanks to CoverAwards for these photos.

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  1. Ginny says:

    Take a look at the blog Gosselins Without Pity ( They run stories about this a lot, and have different blog discussions. I would agree with you generally about laying the blame at the woman’s feet, but after browsing GWP and watching the show since the beginning, Kate certainly deserves a big part of the blame.

    Jodi’s sister had a blog a while back revealing why she wasn’t on the show anymore. The blog has since been taken down, but GWP has a link to her new blog, which doesn’t have as much explosive material.

  2. Because I Say So says:

    I’ve never seen the show and so I could really care less, but it just strikes me how this couple is apparently beloved for whoring out their 8 children and Octocrazy is lambasted. Is it because they’re married, even though by all accounts it’s a terrible marriage? I just don’t see the difference or the appeal of any of them. Perhaps someone who watches the show can explain it to me, but they’re certainly no better than anyone else. I just had to post because I’ve been contemplating the “difference.”

  3. Kayleigh says:

    Blah. This story is getting uglier every day!

  4. CandyKay says:

    I think any adult who chooses to reveal his or her entire life on television can be assumed to have narcissistic personality disorder.

    At least attention-crazy movie stars have something to promote, a (presumed) talent or a performance.

    Reality show performers have nothing to sell but themselves.

  5. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    The stuff about ignoring her kids in favor of promoting the books she didn’t write and promoting the show?

    Just watch a few episodes and you’ll see for yourself that’s true. Usually it’s Jon filling her in as to what happened while she was gone for several days and even then, she shows only very mild interest, if at all.

    When she’s with the kids, she doesn’t much interact with them beyond issuing orders and freaking out about someone getting water on them, etc. I realize she’s got a buttload of kids but a) she wanted them and b) it IS possible to interact positively with even a lot of kids.

  6. Kait says:

    I believe Kate had already cut her brother and sister in law out of the kids lives before they went to Star with this story. Apparently Jodi was critical of the exploitation of the kids for Jon and Kate’s financial gain.

    I’m just hoping that this family calls it quits on the reality show and moves forward with a private life where they focus on their kids.

  7. Kayleigh says:

    Because: I used to love this show, the kids are adorable, and I thought the parents were saints for not killing each other.
    I can agree that I that I thought Kate was a huge control freak, but I kinda understood that having 8 children must be nuts. As the show progressed it seemed to become more of a “Hey look what we do with all our money!”. And I’ve pretty much decided to stop watching it sense these “rumors” started coming up. I’m not supporting two people who pretty much are deceiving America, making it seem like they are running everything on their own and everything is all fine and dandy.

  8. HEB says:

    Kate’s really going to wish she let TLC pay Jodi for babysitting now!

  9. Wif says:

    Because I say so, I think the reason everyone hates Octomom so much is a fault of timing. Most people that comment about her seem pissed that she’s living off of taxpayer dollars. We’re at the start of a bad recession, hard-working people are losing their jobs and their homes, and it makes them irrate to see Octomom obliviously buying embryos and big lips. If she had come into all of this as an independently wealthy woman, public opinion would be a lot more favourable towards her.

  10. ash says:

    I love how the cover is all “we’re happy!” but its like “LIES AND DECEIT IN THE INSIDE” haha.

  11. bros says:

    god kate really is a nightmare. she got completely corrupted by the reality TV circuit, and i agree with candycay’s assessment of these people with nothing to promote and no talent or performance and their addiction to being somebody. i hope her whitened teeth and tummy tuck and his hair plugs and their mansion are all worth it at the end of the day when they have no family, their extended family all hates them, no show (really, in all ethical fairness, TLC ought to yank the show, since it is a farce/false advertising/ sham) and no marriage. these people make me sick.

  12. cara says:

    I like Kate and having just seen pics of this bodyguard I think bitch better be fooling around with him. He’s a stud!!!

    I think women are just cruel and LOVE to knock another bitch down. THAT needs to stop.

    AND watch the show, Jon comes off as a highfalutin’, self-rightious, pompus ass. On top of that, he’s FAT.

  13. cara says:

    PS Anyone else notice that Kate’s eye’s always look like they are at half-mast, a little glossy. I think she’s on pills.

  14. cara says:

    And PPS….so if a tv producer approuched (sp?)any of us with the propostion to allow our homelife to be recorded and publicly viewed, with us having a financial gain, we’d decline??STFU we’d ALL jump at the chance and cash those checks….so think real hard about where Kate’s bro is coming from.

    Sorry, I keep posting, I am just soooooo team Kate.

  15. ChristinaT says:

    my brother and i don’t have the best relationship, but i would never expect to be so fully betrayed by someone so close to me in public… even if all of this is true… KEEP IT TO YOURSELF AHOLE! how can he act so self righteous and dispense “advice” when what he’s doing is even more despicable…

  16. barneslr says:

    I just feel so sorry for those kids. They are being raised in a fishbowl existence and their parents’ marriage is falling apart in a very public and ugly way. If either of these two losers actually gave a damn about those children they would put a stop to the invasive TV show and would step back and see if they could figure out what is actually best for the KIDS, instead of just thinking about themselves.

    People seem to forget that once you have kids, you are not #1 anymore. THEIR needs should come before the parents’ wants.

  17. Codzilla says:

    bros: Totally agree, especially in regards to whether or not all the cosmetic enhancements were really worth tearing their family to shreds.

  18. OXA says:

    I saw episodes of the kids at Aunt Jodies, they were safe, loved and having so much fun, till Kate showed up.
    I also read when TLC offered to pay her for babysitting, she stopped all comunication and cast them out of the kids lives. Kate is a mental case and the poor kids are emotional prisoners in this circus. I see their little souls shrink in fear when she goes off.

  19. aleach says:

    cara- are you serious? i dont know any self-respecting adult that would let tv cameras into their homes everyday to film their family life. especially with little kids who have no say in the matter.

  20. Lem says:

    o.k. why would anyone have a problem with ‘their network’ paying their sil for watching your boat ton of kids. Usually the sick ones at that.

    I don’t like the source being her brother. That can’t be good.

  21. Lem says:

    Jodi gave the kids gum. I think that’s what really did her in
    “what kind of moron gives a child gum”

  22. okay... says:

    Lem-THAT was the episode that turned me off for good. When they got home and Kate lost it and threatened to throw one of the little boy’s favorite stuffed animals in the trash (the animal he sleeps with) because it had a little gum on it. She was yelling and telling him she wouldn’t clean it and she was going to throw it away, then he would think twice about chewing gum again. One of the little girls was trying to talk Kate down explaining that the stuffed animal was his favorite baby and they could just wash it. God, it was so sad to watch him cry thinking that his Mom was going to throw his “baby” in the garbage. Moms wash and mend favorite “babies” NOT throw them in the trash when they get pissed or when someone doesn’t follow the rules.

  23. Patty says:

    Given that the next season starts on May 25th, this is clearly an effort to increase viewership.

  24. anastasiabeaverhausen says:

    Cara: Hi, I’m a person who would NEVER sell my soul to make money. I would NOT allow a film crew in my home. My husband would not allow it, and our teen daughter would not want it, either. Hell, she’s a high school cheerleader and refuses to get the megaphone sign with her name on it that all the cheerleaders get that goes in your front yard.

    We are VERY private people and we’re happy with our income level. We don’t care about being wealthy, we just want to be happy, and we are.

    Nice to know you’d sell your soul for money, though.

  25. Ana says:

    I wouldn’t let cameras in my household. They would catch me laying around doing college homework and chasing after my kid. Does anyone really want to see that? lol

  26. AC says:

    Ok, now I understand why when right after they bought their million dollar mega mansion on one episode, Kate told the camera man that he wasn’t allowed to film upstairs.

    Because Jon had already moved out of the bedroom at that point and she didn’t want to raise any suspicions about the state of their real marriage.

    Well, looks like the cat’s out of the bag now.

  27. katie says:

    You know-those funny Duggars may be a little bit kooky but they look to be a really normal couple with a real relationship who are good parents and they have twice as many kids as these clowns. I don’t think it’s the cameras per se, but the narcissistic personalities at play.

  28. Jazz says:

    Usually I love it when someone famous splits up, hehe, but I get no pleasure from this at all. It makes me so sad for the kids. I remember the gum episode where she was going to throw his toy in the trash. My heart just broke for him :-(

  29. ! says:

    “It all seems very retro, doesn’t it? When a couple is having problems in their marriage, just bash the woman.”

    Uhhhh what? Like Jon hasn’t been put through the ringer quite a bit? Give me a break. And very un-retro like. I do believe if a couple got divorced in the 50s, it would be assumed that the man was just *that* bad that the woman would risk all social standing and all means of financial support just to get away from him.

    I don’t believe for one moment that women have ever been targeted unfairly as the main reason for divorces. Ever. If anything, the men take most of the flack. And I say that as a divorced woman.