When Jon and Kate Gosselin first came onto our televisions for their TLC show, Jon & Kate Plus 8, over a decade ago, fans were immediately captivated by the family of 10. We got to watch as Jon and Kate navigated life with a pair of twins and sextuplets. And while the family seemed to make things work for a few years, it wasn’t long before fans saw the cracks in Jon and Kate’s relationship. By 2009, an all-out brawl was erupting between the couple, and custody battles ensued through their divorce.
While Kate continued with her show in Jon’s absence, Kate Plus 8, fans started to notice that one of the sextuplets — Collin — was missing. Here’s why he wasn’t seen on the show and where he is now.
Kate mentioned in her book that Collin was a major challenge to her
Jon and Kate Gosselin’s children | Kate Gosselin via Instagram
While most of the Gosselin kids have seemed to adjust to life in the spotlight, growing up in the public eye (and dealing with his parent’s highly-publicized divorce) proved difficult for Collin. YourTango explains the sextuplet was just 5 when news of his parents’ divorce hit the media, and it certainly had an effect. In 2010, Collin and sister Alexis were asked to leave their private school. In regards to the incident, Kate told People, “[The school] did not feel like they could meet their needs anymore, so it was decided they should leave, for now.” And this had many wondering what was really going on with the kids at the time.
Kate also addressed Collin directly in her book, I Just Want You to Know. “I know the recent events in our family structure have greatly upset you, maybe you most of all,” she wrote to Collin. She also added a few scathing remarks, like, “As you have grown, however, I must say you have also challenged my authority greatly. … You continue to be determined to do what you want to do, and I continue to try to rein you in.”
He was sent to a facility for ‘special needs’ to get serious help
Jon Gosselin with his children, Hannah and Collin | Jon Gosselin via Instagram
More details were being released about Collin’s challenges in 2010. Radar Online reports after Collin was removed from school, it was also revealed that he was being abusive to adults and classmates. While teachers attempted to give both Collin and Alexis intensive therapy for a few weeks, it was clear they’d need more help than the school could give.
Kate remained tight-lipped about why Collin was absent from the spotlight for years — but she finally opened up to People in 2016 about where Collin was located. After telling the publication that her son has “special needs,” she added, “he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this.” For that reason, she enrolled him in a program that helps him learn valuable life skills. “We miss him so much, so it’s been hard because there is a huge hole in our family without him here,” she added.
Most recently, Jon won temporary custody of Collin
Jon Gosselin with his son, Collin, and daughter, Hannah | Jon Gosselin via Instagram
Fans of Jon noticed Collin seemed to be spending more time with his father than his mother. On Jon’s Instagram, he posted several photos of celebrating Collin’s birthday and searching for a Christmas tree with his son. As for Kate, she doesn’t seem to post about Collin’s presence or absence nearly as much. This clued fans in that perhaps Job was looking to take custody of his son so Collin could live with Jon and his sister, Hannah, full time.
In Touch Weekly reports Jon most recently won custody of Collin after appearing in court. Kate reportedly did not show up for the hearing, and neither did her lawyer on her behalf. As one insider said regarding Jon, “He looked really happy.”
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