Jon Gosselin opens up about the ongoing custody battle
Job Gosselin has opened up the battle with ex, Kate Gosselin over their eight children. The former couple were stars on the TLC reality television series Jon and Kate Plus 8.
The 42-year-old father appeared on a recent episode of the podcast First Class Fatherhood, and discussed his children's current living situation.
Jon and Kate called it quits back in 2009, and share 19 year old twins Cara and Madelyn, and 15-year-old sextuplets Leah, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah, and Aaden.
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"I've been going to court for 12 years, so it's not an easy battle. I had shared custody, I lost some kids, I had joint legal, I lost legal, I got legal back," Jon said.
"When Hannah was 12 years old she wanted to live with me, so then I had to go get legal again, and then I got shared custody. And then, all of a sudden now, I got primary of her," he continued.
Jon then went on to talk about the money side of the battle.
"I've been through nine attorneys. I've probably spent $1.3 million in court, back and forth with everything else. And then I got sole custody of Collin."
Sibling relationships are being torn apart
While Hannah and Collin are currently living under Jon's roof, he said "there could be more kids that come" to live with him, because he and Kate leave custody decisions up to their children.
"It's a long battle. I just didn't give up and I'm still not gonna give up... I pretty much go to court every month over some custody dispute or something like that. It's getting better now that the kids are getting older," he said.
With many of the siblings being separated, Jon described their relationship with each other as "very tumultuous."
"I'm trying to get family therapy through Collin and Hannah's therapist, so that therapist can talk to the other siblings and try to find some common ground, because I think it's really important," Jon added. "... They're going to be 18 in two years, so it's going to be quite difficult."
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I love these kids fiercely.. and I don't apologize for my tears. Times have been so tough and so needlessly unfair for them. Despite it all, they've turned out to be such wonderful amazing human beings. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for each of them once they get away from those who have tried to destroy them versus protect them! #KatePlus8 @tlc
Jon's tell-all sit down came just months after he gave a shocking interview to the DailyMail.
Jon called Kate a "militant" mother and claimed that some of their "children have suffered abuse" from her. Collin and Hannah, he alleged, suffer from PTSD.
He also claimed that Kate has "poisoned my children's minds against me," adding that he and his ex "don't even talk to each other."
The full interview can be seen here!