An emotional Jon Gosselin told a small audience in New York City Sunday night that he plans to ask his estranged wife Kate to forgive him for his actions of the last several months, and he promised girlfriend Hailey Glassman that they'll reconcile.
"It is hard for me to ask to be forgiven from someone who might never forgive me. I am saying this now to Kate, 'I am sorry for doing the things that I did'," Jon said.
Gosselin spoke to only about 50 paying customers and another 75 media at an event sponsored by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's organization, This World.
Held at the West Side Jewish Center in Manhattan, Jon's confessional began 30 minutes late but he and the Rabbi then spoke for almost two hours.
Fame, Jon said, had been his downfall. ""I didn't grow up this way. It is hard for me," he said. "But I have to keep on going, keep on working and providing."
Knowing that his children could one day Google him and read about his recent behavior is an embarrassing thought, he added. "I know I'll have to explain my actions."
The Jon & Kate Plus 8 star hooked up with the Rabbi a few months ago "just to talk," he said. He wasn't initially looking for spiritual guidance. But he indicated he is now taking Rabbi Shmuley's advice.
In an exchange near the end of the event, the Rabbi told the small crowd, "My advice is, both spouses should not date because the kids are going through a hard time." He also suggeseted Jon put his relationship with Hailey Glassman "on ice."
Jon said that's exactly what he's doing. "Hailey and I decided to calm things down until the divorce, just until the divorce," he said.
"I don't want to ruin things with Hailey like I did with Kate. We just need to slow things down."