In less than two weeks, Jon Gosselin will be celebrating his 40th birthday — and as the day quickly approaches, he’s reflecting on his life and the decisions he’s made.
In an exclusive interview with In Touch, the father-of-eight opens up about his controversial career, fame, and his plans moving forward.
“I wouldn’t be here today if I would have made different choices. Who knows who I would have met?” he tells In Touch when asked if he has any regrets about his life. “I guess doing TV was the best and worst decision I made. There is good and bad with every decision.”
Jon and his family with his girlfriend, Colleen.
While his ex-wife Kate continues to film their brood — twins Mady and Cara, 16, and sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel, and Leah, 12 — and insists they enjoy the process of filming and being on TV, Jon says he’s not sure it has had a positive impact on his children.
“I love my kids and I am happy they are financially taken care of, but who knows what the aftermath of filming or being famous will affect them as young adults [sic],” he says.
He continues, “It’s a tough battle growing up today. Is money and fame for the better or worse? These are the things I struggle with as a parent and the decisions I made for them and still have to make today, we all have to make major decisions as parents but as long as we love our children, I believe we can work in the best interest for them. Knowing what I know now, knowing how much more educated I am, with [how] much more mature I have become, I would probably change a few things.”
Today, Jon works as a DJ.
Jon says his kids are his “No. 1 priority” — followed closely by his family and his girlfriend Colleen — adding that he’s looking forward to having “a quasi-normal life” for himself.
“Although it’s hard to move forward, I have to let the past be the past,” he says. “Guess it’s my last episode in my 30s and my first episode in my 40s!”
Check out more pics of Jon and his kids in the gallery below!