In 2007, Jon and Kate Gosselin opened their lives to the world through a reality TV series that chronicled their journey not just as parents of twins Cady and Mara but also a set of sextuplets: Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah.
At first, viewers tuned in to Jon & Kate Plus 8 to see how the laid-back former I.T. specialist and no-nonsense nurse raised a houseful of adorable but rambunctious kids. But as the years went by, it became clear that there was trouble in their marriage, including accusations of Jon partying and cheating on Kate.
Suddenly, the couple’s imploding union became must-see TV. By 2009, the two became visually combative, and Kate filed for divorce, ending the drama and the family dynasty.
Now, a decade after their parents split up, the sextuplets are turning 15! Twins Cady and Mara are both 18 and headed for college. And Kate is gearing up for another inside look at her life, this time as she tries to find a new love on the upcoming TLC series Kate Plus Date.
So where did it all go wrong for Jon and Kate? And what are the sextuplets up to now, as they celebrate a milestone birthday? Check out this RadarOnline.com gallery for those answers and more.
Jon and Kate looked like parents in love at the start of their reality show adventure.
But it didn’t take long for viewers to see another side of Kate – one that would openly berate and criticize her husband while the cameras rolled.
She also wasn’t shy about disciplining and yelling at her kids in public, and has been accused of leaving "large, red welts" on the children after spankings.
Young Collin, who seemed to suffer his mom’s anger management issues, was often a target of Kate’s wrath. One such moment came after the then 2-year-old was caught spilling a bag of beans and knocking over high chairs.
“I was instantly so SO angry, that I grabbed him and spanked him as hard as I could and thought I may seriously injure him so I sent him to his crib til Jon came home!” Kate admitted in secret diaries. “I have never felt that I may seriously injure a child but today was that day!”
In 2016, Kate made the shocking admission that she’s no stranger to the Department of Child Services.
“I’m in the public eye. I’ve been investigated many times,” Kate confessed on Good Morning America, adding that the allegations have always been “unfounded.”
As Kate’s temper grew, so did the accusations that Jon had a wandering eye.
Affairs To Remember
First there were questions about Jon, then 31, partying with college co-eds. Then, Radar alleged he was having an affair with a grade-school teacher named Deanna Hummel.
Who’s On First
And there are some claims that Kate was the one who cheated first with her personal bodyguard Steve Neild.
On June 22, 2009, Kate filed for divorce, and the two started a vicious battle for custody of the kids. Twins Maddy and Cara, along with younger siblings Leah, Aaden, Alexis and Joel decided to live with their mother. Hannah went to live with her dad.
Radar reported in August 2018 that Jon claimed that Hannah now lives with him "permanently" following the bitter custody battle with Kate.
Jon has shared on Instagram how he's celebrated vacations and such events as Father's Day with Hannah. The two have looked happy together.
As Radar has exclusively reported, Kate demanded thousands from her ex-husband in a bitter legal battle.
Fight For Collin
Also, Jon and Kate's poor son Collin was trapped in a special needs treatment facility, getting help for his “anger issues” and other problems.
The estranged mother and father fought for years over Collin’s future. But when Kate was a no-show for a court date in Dec. 2018, Jon was awarded temporary primary custody of the boy.
In court documents, Jon, who won temporary primary custody of Collin, had claimed Kate had not “cooperated” with the troubled boy's treatment, as Radar exclusively reported. She hasn't been seen publicly with Collin in years.
It’s not clear if the fractured family will reunite to celebrate the sextuplets' big 15th birthday, or if, much like their current lives, the sides will remain separate.