In what appears to be an interview that took place prior to US Weekly's publication of the photo spread alleging an affair between Jon Gosselin and 23-year-old Deanna Hummel, the TLC star denied cheating on his wife, Kate, to Entertainment Weekly. Here are the highlights of EW's chat with The Gosselins:
On the photograph of Jon and Deanna taken outside Legends bar:
Kate: It's disturbing and unfortunate that these tabloids have gone as far as they have to try and bring us down. Jon's poor judgment and irresponsible behavior has also without a doubt caused some added tension and stress between the two of us.
On being in the public eye and the fan response to tabloid reports:
Jon: Our fans and the majority of viewers have been overwhelmingly supportive, but when tabloids take photos and turn them into something they are not, yes it definitely makes us hesitant to take photos with fans and go about our daily lives. We still want to live normal lives. We want our kids to have opportunities that we didn't have growing up, which is why we participated in the show in the first place. But of course it makes us think twice about how we spend our time in public.
On whether they will address these issues during the fifth season of Jon and Kate Plus 8 which begins airing on May 25:
Kate: I think we will address the bigger picture, regarding the very public focus on our family and the stress it's caused in our relationship, but not necessarily any specific tabloid.
Additionally, People just published another adamant denial of the affair by Hummel who discredits her brother as a reliable source behind the US Weekly piece stating that he has a criminal past and is currently on probation. She said:
My brother is making this all up. He has no credibility ... I can't even stomach the lies he's saying about me."
Update: Latest US Weekly piece has a video of Jon allegedly leaving Hummel's house in the early morning and RadarOnline has a clip of a motel security guard stating that he saw Jon kiss a woman fitting Hummel's description at Legends.
Photos courtesy of TLC