Jon Gosselin speaking out was supposed to repair his public image, however, it’s only made it worse. Probably with all the trash-talking he did about his soon-to-be ex-wife Kate, but honestly, he’s not a bad guy. He’s just misunderstood. Of course.
Jon’s just a regular dude, trying to get through this difficult time in his life. Of course.
Akilah Kamaria understands. She’s the founder of Hemancipation, a concierge service that caters to men in transition due to relocation, job status or divorce. And she’s seen lots of guys like Gosselin.
Because they’re the rule, and not the E.T.-probed exception.
“Men respond to divorce in a certain way,” Kamaria tells us. “And his response is fairly typical: ‘I’m free. I can do whatever it is I couldn’t previously do.’ “
To one guy, that can mean eating pudding in the living room—true story, Kamaria assures us. To another guy, that can mean riding bikes, partying from St. Tropez to Sin City, and enjoying the company of young lady friends, very plural.
“It is a mad dash into a future that is very temporary,” Kamaria says—and we think: Is that not the world’s most poetic way to describe Gosselin’s last few trainwreck months?
When framed as an act of temporary inanity, Gosselin’s behavior not only demands that we cut him slack, it demands that we treasure our moments with him.
One of these days, he won’t be dishing about how he “despise[s]” his estranged reality show costar. One of these days, he won’t be making clumsy forays into fashion design. One of these days, he simply won’t be providing countless hours of tabloid entertainment.
Chances are he’ll grow out of it. The TV ratings suggest we just about have.
“Five to 10 years from now,” Kamaria says, “the only people who will have any memory of this will be their children.”
“If he were my client, I’d tell him, ‘No, no,” says Kamaria. “Don’t do the photo-ops…You don’t fix any of this by going on Good Morning America. Go low-profile. Stay out of Vegas. Stay out of the party rooms.
So, I guess we should cut Jon some slack. And by slack, I mean punch him in the neck so he’ll perhaps get a clue that he has CHILDREN to think of.