Jon Gosselin intentionally started the rumors that his now-estranged wife was having an affair with their bodyguard Steve Neild, a well-placed insider has told RadarOnline.com.
“Jon wanted a divorce and he also wanted to throw attention away from himself, so he spread that rumor,” the source said. “Jon doesn’t like Steve so he didn’t care about the repercussions.”
Kate ended being the one who filed for divorce on June 22. “She didn’t want to, and in fact on the day the papers went in, Kate was with her attorney crying and sobbing. She was very, very upset,” the source added.
“Kate definitely did not want the divorce. She did it because she felt she had to protect herself.”
Steve, who is married, hasn’t been publically seen with Kate for several weeks although RadarOnline.com has learned he is still a “consultant” on the family’s security issues.
Kate has recently been travelling with another of the bodyguards. She arrived in Los Angeles on July 6 and stayed at the Hotel Bel-Air, where she was spotted relaxing by the pool. On Wednesday, Kate had a business lunch with two women at the hotel, before taking a car to the Warner Brothers lot in Burbank. She took in a two-hour meeting and then returned to her posh hotel. She returned home to PA on Thursday.
Speculation is rampant that Kate is actively pursuing several options to further her career as a TV personality and author. New episodes of “Jon & Kate Plus 8” are scheduled to return on TLC August 3.