We’re trying not to rubberneck, but the ongoing public unraveling of Jon and Kate Gosselin is just too good to ignore.
Seriously, a year ago (or at least a year ago in reality TV-land) these were two nice people who had a cute TV show about their eight kids.
The kids drew cute pictures, learned to ride bikes, said cute things etc., etc.
Sure, the cable network paid for lavish family vacations at far-flung resorts and advertisers showered them with free household items, but they were a good, Christian family that seemed pretty well-grounded.
Then the fame went directly to their heads.
Today, Jon and Kate are no different than any celebrity couple whose alleged indiscretions are being played out in supermarket checkout aisles all over the country.
She’s embroiled in a public scandal linking her husband, Jon Gosselin, to another woman, and Kate Gosselin tells PEOPLE in its latest cover story that she and her spouse have been privately struggling for months.
“I don’t know that we’re in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing,” she says quietly. “I’ve been struggling with the question of ‘Who is this person?’ for a while. I remember where I was the first time I heard her name. It’s one of those things where you can try to make it go away, but there’s blaring, red flashing lights.”
Kate goes on to confirm that the couple may separate, but not before going ape on the “animals that stalk us.”
“The next story coming out from the animals that stalk us is about our security person and his family,” Kate told People. “Already the allegations they’re making about me are disgusting, unthinkable, unfathomable, and I am horrified.”
The “story” she’s referring to centers around accusations that she’s having an affair with Steve Neild, her bodyguard.
“These are people who absolutely love us and want to see us through to the end,” Kate says. “Of course, both of them travel with us at times, and we’ve spent holidays together, because, in this situation, your circle grows smaller and smaller, and it’s very natural to become friends with your manager, your publicist, your security team … they’re the only people you have left. And now they’re coming under fire.”
What can we say – fame’s a bitch.
Of course, it has helped her become a household name, which has helped her sell millions of books …