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Collin Gosselin Finally Breaks Silence About Kate & His Trauma

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When Jon and Kate Gosselin divorced, the separation fractured their family. The Jon & Kate Plus 8 kids ended up splitting allegiances between their parents. Ultimately, the sibling who ended up taking it hardest was Collin Gosselin.

Collin sat down with Entertainment Tonight and spoke with Kevin Frazier about living with his dad. He also said that he remains completely estranged from his mother. Here is a look at what Collin said about this sad situation.

Collin Gosselin on choosing to live with his dad

In the interview, Collin Gosselin spoke to Kevin Frazier about the events that led to his estrangement from his mother, Kate Gosselin. According to the now 18-year-old former reality star, the fracturing of their relationship began before his mom institutionalized him. “Even before [the institution], I don’t think we had much of a relationship and I think that just kept tearing it even more down,” Collin said.

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In 2016, Kate admitted Collin to the Fairmont Behavioral Health Institute for what she referred to as behavioral issues. According to Jon Gosselin, Collin’s diagnosis was ADHD and nothing more. Jon said Kate never told him where she sent Collin. Jon later said in 2019 that Kate had only visited Collin three times in the three years after she had him institutionalized. After removing his son from the institution in 2019, Jon gained custody when Kate didn’t show up to the custody hearing.

When looking back at the situation, Collin Gosselin said he blames the reality TV world. The young man said that being on TV took away time that they could have spent as a normal family. He said they were more public figures than a family during those years. He also pointed out that his mom likely had an “agenda” and his only agenda was to come out on top of the tough spot he lived through as a child.

Collin talks estrangement from mother Kate Gosselin


Collin Gosselin said he has had no contact with Kate Gosselin since leaving the institution in 2019. He also said it did not surprise him when she failed to show up at his custody hearing. “It didn’t really bother me,” Collin says of his mother not showing up to the hearing. “I mean, it’s like I said; it’s on her own terms and if she doesn’t want to show up, she doesn’t have to show up.”

Kate Gosselin | YouTube

Collin said he would like someday to reconnect with his mom. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t have a relationship,” Collin says. “I think every son wants to have a relationship with their mom. But I’m doing very well.” He then said in an ideal situation, he could have a relationship with his mom again one day.

What are your thoughts about Collin Gosselin’s broken relationship with his mother? Do you think they will eventually patch things up? Let us know in the comments below.

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    1. It’s always been Kate’s way or no way. Period. Any sign of love towards their father was probably not an open option for the children. They most likely felt that had to choose sides. Poor Collin actually must have defended his father and from then on was “the traitor.”


    1. not necessarily true. when I was 16 my parents sent me somewhere for a year. it was a farm where judges sent troubled girls. the thing is, I wasn’t troubled. by absolutely every person’s standards, I was a dream child, I am telling you I was not bad. I was an honor student, didn’t drink, do drugs. smoke or anything. but I didn’t get along with my mother. she lied to get me there and she paid extra to keep me there when it was apparent I didn’t meet any of the requirements to be there. so yes, institutions will absolutely keep a child, esp if a manipulative parent lies. who’s ever going to believe a kid?

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