Kate Gosselin is speaking out in response to allegations made against her and her children by her son Collin.
The famous family came to fame with their TLC reality show Jon & Kate Plus 8 in the height of the reality TV fervor. It followed Kate and her ex-husband Jon Gosselin and their children after they gave birth to sextuplets. Their previously born twin daughters left them with a total of eight children.
In more recent years, the family has divided with Collin and his sister Hannah, both 19, living with Jon. The remainder of the couple’s children live with Kate.
In a series of interviews, Collin has made allegations about his relationship with Kate, including the claim that he was institutionalized.
Collin‘s older sister Mady, 22, addressed their estrangement earlier this week, in turn accusing Collin of “physical violence and hate speech” amongst other things.
In the aftermath, both Kate and Jon are speaking out.
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“I have never wanted to have to do this, but I feel I have been backed into a corner and left with no choice. Although it saddens me to do so, I need to speak out now,” Kate said in a statement shared with People. “My son Collin, whom I love with all my heart, has received multiple psychiatric diagnoses over the years. For the safety of myself, his brothers and sisters and for his own well-being, he was placed in a facility following years of outpatient treatment which proved insufficient for his needs.”
She continued, saying, “The decision to admit him was made by emergency room doctors following one of his many attacks/outbursts — this one involving his use of a weapon.”
Read the rest of Kate’s statement below…
“Fast forward to the present day, and following Jon’s removal of Collin from treatment, my son’s unpredictable and violent behavior has sadly continued regularly towards Jon, Hannah and others around him.
Collin‘s distorted perception of reality is one of the many issues that he has always struggled with. As many people who have family members grappling with mental health issues can attest, it is rarely and sadly surprising when complete fabrications occur, and this is just another heartbreaking facet of this fight. All parent-child relationships are complex, but when mental illness is involved, it is incredibly complicated and painful, let alone easy for others on the outside to understand.
All measures that were taken in our home were at the explicit recommendation of his pediatric psychiatrist and/or his team of specialists and were put into place to safeguard every member of our family, our friends as well as our family pets.
Unfortunately, I believe Collin remains a very troubled young man who continues to need a lot of help. His brothers and sisters and I have not been directly involved in his life due to his history of unpredictable behavior and violent tendencies towards us. What his sister Mady posted on social media recently is completely accurate and I deeply appreciate her bravery in doing so.
This is all I have to say on the matter and I will not be discussing this subject any further at this time.”
In turn, Jon spoke out against Mady: “It took courage for Collin to sit down and speak about his past. And the last thing I would have expected was more abuse to come his way from a sibling that hasn’t seen or spoken to him since he was in sixth grade.”
He continued, saying, “Collin has grown into a wonderful man. I love him and am proud and excited to see him grow into a young US Marine.”
This is not the first time that Mady has spoken out in response to rude comments about the family.