In the past, Jon Gosselin has been open about accusing his ex-wife, Kate Gosselin, of “torturing” their children. In a November 18 interview on The Dr. Oz Show, he’s opening up about how that affects his own relationship with his children. According to the father of six, he essentially had to start from scratch with son Collin and daughter Hannah. When it comes to raising them, he revealed he’s tried to undo a lot of the work their mother did.

“I have to reparent my kids,” Jon, 42, told the show’s host. “A lot of stuff happened, abuse wise, mental, physical — even though they are 15, they might [behave like they’re] 12. The mental abuse, the [parental] alienation, just the put-downs … Isolation is a huge one,” he continued. “I make them join clubs and go to dances and football games.” Something else he makes them do? Therapy. “We all go to … therapy,” he shared.

That fact alone stopped him from trying to coparent with his ex, a subject he also weighed in on. “We don’t have a relationship right now,” he revealed. “We don’t talk, nothing. The only time I see my ex-wife is in court. It’s just never going to happen due to personality disorders and everything else. We just have different aspects of how we want to parent. In two more years, we are going to have a lot of adults.”

Jon Gosselin with Son Collin and Daughter Hannah
Courtesy of Jon Gosselin/Instagram

During the episode, the dad blamed his ex’s “narcissistic personality disorder” for his children’s developmental issues. “She wants to be right, everything she says, she wants to be right,” he explained. “So if she lies, she wants them to believe her lies.” He cites that as the reason Collin was “wrongly institutionalized,” explaining, “She, Kate, institutionalized him without a diagnosis, which created a diagnosis. … Just because he was a difficult child, does not mean he had to be sent away. It took me two years to find him.” After that, it took even longer for the father to get actual physical custody, something the courts had already granted him.

Though he’s worried about his other six children, he’s optimistic he’ll be able to reunite with them someday. “Every year I get a new kid, so I am always hopeful,” he said. “Now, our custody agreement is between the children.”


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