Jon Gosselin Admits Reality TV Stardom Messed Up His Eight Kids

Jon and Kate Gosselin, of the infamous series “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” still make headlines with their vicious legal battles. We rarely hear much, though, about the kid that got them on TV in the first place. Thirteen-year-old twins Cara and Mady and 9-year-old sextuplets Hannah, Alexis, Collin, Leah, Aaden and Joel grew up with camera crews in their home from 2007 to 2011. When Jon spoke with Oprah Winfrey Sunday night on her series “Where Are They Now,” he admitted to what viewers had long suspected — growing up as a pint-sized celebrities impacted his children’s sense of character.

“Yes, they have trust funds, and they’re taken care of educationallyGreat. But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people.”

It’s sad for the little Gosselins, but not even remotely unexpected. Jon even believes that their camera-infested childhoods may have damaged any sense of a moral compass the kids might have.

“They have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what’s right and what’s wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV.”

It sounds like what he’s trying to say is that basically, being reality TV stars while still in elementary schools made them antisocial snobs. Bummer. I’ve always felt so bad for the Gosselin kids, especially when their parents began publicly trashing each other. I hope they can find a way to grow into somewhat decent people … unlike their parents.

[ABC News]

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