While Kate Gosselin remains a fixture on television, her ex-husband John hasn't been as fortunate, but now, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that the former reality TV star has landed a job -- a "normal" job -- he loves.
“On his first day of work, he just loved it. He felt weird that everyone knew who he was. But they didn’t talk about it, it’s a trust issue,” a source close to Jon told RadarOnline.com
“The job is information technology based and online marketing. He solves problems and teaches people to solve their problems, he really enjoys it.”
Although our source didn’t reveal exactly where Jon works, he did say Jon is often recognized while visiting clients and people were really accepting of him. But the journey back to his old life following his time spent on a reality TV show was not an easy one.
“He’s been trying to start his life again and to give up on TV and just do what he used to do.
“He lost everything. He was left with two cars and had to start over again and knew he couldn’t go back to a government job.
According to our source, Jon downsized to a two bedroom apartment. At first, he was concerned how he could manage with all the kids but has since loved the close quarters because they are able to spend quality time together.
“He just wanted to start a normal life, it took him almost a year to find a normal job.
“There were so many things that he had to face without support because there were not a lot of people in the world who could relate to the problems he was facing. He had eight kids at 27-years-old. He was on a reality TV show, he was in the tabloids and then he faced a divorce. It was a lot to deal with all at once.”
“In 2008, he did a lot of stupid things. Now he’s back on track. He has a great girlfriend and a job and wants to live a normal life.”
Jon is getting used to his old way of life now that he’s not earning the high wages that go with reality TV stardom.
“Fame and TV had an effect on him. He used to be a Holiday Inn kind-of-guy - he wasn’t used to the luxuries he was given while making the show. He became a Four Season’s kind-of-guy - he’d never even been to a hotel like that. Now he’s back to a normal Holiday Inn Express guy.
“After he earned the large sums of money he did in reality TV, it is hard to get out of the mind set. But he never wants to go back into it.”