The Gosselin family has had their fair share of drama over the years. From their reality show to their split, Jon and Kate have always had a flair for the dramatic.
But perhaps the most publicized, and troubling, event was when Kate revealed that she had sent their son Collin away, without telling Jon.
Kate Gosselin announced that one of the sextuplets, Collin, was sent away for his “special needs” in 2016, after a long battle with his social and educational development.
“This is a work in progress for him that we’ve sought many specialists help on,” Kate confessed on an episode of Kate Plus 8. “There are changes coming for him. I think it will result in a change of school for him for this upcoming year and beyond that, we’ll see.”
That “change” was sending Collin away from the entire family.
“[There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are,” Kate said at the time. “But he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this. By the same token, it’s not something that has only impacted me or him — our entire family has been impacted.”
According to Kate, the program was working for her son, and there were already improvements in Collin’s life.
After Collin was sent away, Jon didn’t receive any information about where he went.
“I have an idea where he is but I don’t really know where he is,” Jon told ET. “[Kate] says that Collin is in a special school for special needs kids with behavioral problems.” However, Jon says he’s been told otherwise by law enforcement officials, but he would not clarify what that meant.
“I mean, I ask but she doesn’t tell me,” Jon said about Collin’s current whereabouts. “She doesn’t answer any of my texts.”
Now, it’s been over two years since Jon has seen his son. Jon says he never saw any behavioral problems in Collin, but said he was always really smart and incredibly intuitive.
“I could see my kids getting annoyed with that because he’s the smartest and he does this, and he does that, and he always wants it his way,” he said. “He’s very particular, which could be bothersome. But, he’s very loving too. He was a cuddly kid as a baby.”
This year, the sextuplets turned 14, and everyone more or less assumed that Collin would once again be absent from the celebrations. Kate has posted pictures of past occasions with Collin noticeably absent, and people have called her out on it, saying she shouldn’t exclude him from holidays.
However, this year, Collin did appear on social media, just not Kate’s.
Jon celebrated his kids’ birthdays with touching messages to each of them. He even posted a picture of him, Collin and Hannah, with big smiles on their faces.
Kate also posted pictures of her kids on their big day, but Collin was not present.
From the looks of it, Jon celebrated the day with just Hannah and Collin.
Hannah has always had a special connection with her father, something that Kate tried to ruin when she called the cops on Jon.
In 2015, she accused her ex-husband of kidnapping their daughter, Hannah. She called the police, saying that he was a drug dealer who was having an “inappropriate” relationship with their daughter. These claims were completely false, of course, but police had to do a full investigation anyways.
Police in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania were called to respond to a “verbal domestic dispute over child custody involving one minor (Female/13 years old),” meaning it was one of the sextuplets. According to the report, the daughter was taken to an orthodontist appointment by one of her parents (it does not state who), and the argument erupted over who would be taking her home.
“The call came in at 1:10 this afternoon for a verbal domestic argument … over the custody of one of their 13-year-old daughters,” a Wyomissing Police Department spokesperson told Entertainment Tonight. “No one was arrested and the daughter did go home with the father after she expressed that was her desire to do.”
“Jon had no idea at the time that she accused him of having an inappropriate relationship with Hannah,” said one insider. “He was upset when he found out.”
Kate has not commented on Jon’s choice to post a picture of Collin, although it’s fair to say she probably has said something to Jon in private.