Even though both her reality shows are TV history now, Kate Gosselin is still a favorite topic of conversation – not to mention a frequent subject in tabloids.
Talking with Katie Couric on the Katie show today, Kate addressed some of the questions that have been on the minds of both fans and detractors lately.
She started with some good news: Even though September is normally a crazy time for her and her eight children, this year has been remarkably smooth. “We didn’t have to reteach the school routine when school started,” Kate said. Now that Mady and Cara are almost 12 and sextuplets Hannah, Leah, Joel, Aaden, Alexis and Collin are 8, they have the routine down. “I’ve said a lot of the same stuff over and over – ‘Socks and shoes, book bags and coats, stand by the door -’ I’ve said it so many times over the years that it works.”
Kate admitted to being “uptight” in the past over small matters, but no longer. “When you go through a lot, you learn what’s important,” she said. “As you get older, you mature. My heart was always in the right place; I was just more focused on, ‘My gosh, your outfit, you got something on your shirt!’ Now it’s, ‘Really? That’s what washing machines are for.’ ”
Asked about her relationship with ex-husband Jon, Kate said diplomatically, “Nobody gets married and plans to put their kids through a divorce. I really didn’t do everything perfect, but my goal has always been what is best for the kids…. I’ve always tried to keep the peace and play fair and focus on what they need. I’ve remained even; there’s been some monkey wrenches that have been thrown in the mix.”
It’s been nearly three years since their divorce. Is Kate dating, as has been rumored a number of times? “No,” she sighed. “I don’t know that I have the time for it.” But the kids have other ideas; they ask her about it “every single night.” Leah even once told her mom frankly that “It’s really getting boring around here with just you.”
Still, Kate wouldn’t mind starring in a dating reality show if a network were interested. “It would allow me to meet people and show my fun side – I do have one!”
But the question on everyone’s minds – Katie’s included – was the e-book by a reporter who makes some serious allegations about Kate and her parenting. The book has been suspended from publication following charges that the author obtained some of his information illegally.
“Although I would love to [talk about it], I have been advised not to say anything about it at this time,” Kate told the host. “It’s in the hands of two very competent law firms, and I’m grateful that they’re with me on this.” She smiled briefly as she added that “there will come a time” when she’ll address the accusations in the book.
It’s not the first time Kate has come under fire. Anti-Kate sentiment runs high, and Twitter feeds, websites and message boards are filled with vitriolic comments. Kate calls it “an occupational hazard” of being a public figure. “I don’t mind that people have opinions, but I’m also one that doesn’t stand for bullying. I think it’s horrible,” she said. “I was bullied myself as a kid. So I wish those people would turn their energy and their attention to doing better in the world for their families and their kids. I’m just focusing on my kids, so I don’t have time to read a lot of [the criticism].”
For now, at least, the twins and sextuplets are being well sheltered from the pro- and con- stories surrounding their mom. They don’t have Facebook or Twitter accounts or read the tabloids. “I realize that the internet exists and they’ll read [the gossip] someday,” Kate said, “but they’ll have a lot more questions for me than that.”
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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