Former child reality star Colin Gosselin, now 18, says he hasn’t been in touch with his mother or most of his siblings in years.
“I like to believe it’s TV’s fault, and also the impact that being in the public eye has on families,” the teenager recently told Entertainment Tonight. ”
A young Gosselin opens up about his estrangement and the drama surrounding his family, made famous by the TLC series Jon & Kate Plus 8.
A few years ago, Kate Gosselin went public about institutionalizing one of her sextuplets, Colin, because he said he had “special needs.”
That came after her controversial divorce from Jon Gosselin.
Gosselin’s series, which premiered in 2007, focused on the sextuplets and their lives raising twin daughters.
The show eventually became known as “Kate Plus 8” after the couple divorced in 2009, with episodes airing from 2010 to 2017 (TLC is owned by CNN’s parent company Warner Bros. owned by Discovery).
Jon Gosselin was eventually granted custody of Colin, who lives with his sister Hannah at his father’s house.
However, Colin Gosselin said his relationship with his mother, Kate, does not exist.
“It’s a shame we didn’t have a relationship,” he said. ”
He also said he hadn’t spoken to his four sextuplets, Alexis, Arden, Joel, and Leah, or twins Carla and Maddie, who are 22 years old, for five or six years.
“I want to respect their space and time, and how they feel about everything. So I’m just waiting for the day they reach out.”
CNN reached out to Kate Gosselin’s rep for comment. She will appear in the new reality series “Special Forces: The Ultimate Test,” in which she and other celebrities will compete as part of a special forces training camp.