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Jon and Kate Gosselin Talk About Divorce

How Did You Feel About Tonight's Jon & Kate Plus 8?

It's one thing to see the word divorce written across a speculative headline, but it's another to hear it come from the lips of a couple who made a commitment to each other 10 years ago believing it would be forever. Jon and Kate Gosselin got married young, started a family with their twin daughters, Mady and Cara, 8 and then welcomed a super sized addition with the miraculous births of their sextuplets — Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah, 5. Despite renewing their vows in Hawaii last Summer and reassuring their kiddos that they would stay together, the parents announced their split during tonight's raw episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8.

The hour long "big announcement" special proved to be a tearjerker because no matter what opinions one has of the couple, fans undoubtedly feel for the children. And, perhaps some heartbreak comes with the fact that not every family makes it, even when it seems like they already overcame the biggest obstacles life would offer them. What's your opinion of tonight's episode?

Update: The next new episode of Jon and Kate Plus 8 will air on August 3 due to production issues.

Photos courtesy of TLC

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CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"oh, caterpillargirl.... do you believe everything you read on the internet? you think kate was having irresponsible sex with her husband because you read it on a JK+8 hate website?? please" well when the site is run by family members i tend to take that more seriously.
Too_Posh Too_Posh 8 years
What I don't understand is the how we can all sit around and say this is "sick" or "disgusting" because they are divorcing on television, but is this really any different than people encouraging Brittany Spears to get a divorce or watching Madonna split from her husband? Brit and Madge's kids had to see their parents divorce not only at home but also in the media. Don't get me wrong I'm as guilty as the next person of following celebs, but Jon and Kate are human too and I think they are doing what they feel is best for their family.
appreciated appreciated 8 years
Oh and they probably can't end the show due to contracts....hopefully TLC will end it for them. I don't think anyone wants to watch those kids go through the divorce.
appreciated appreciated 8 years
I'm probably one of the few on Kate's "side". Clearly she'd been a bitch from day 1, but it took him 10 years and 8 kids to finally grow a pair and stand up to her? I think that's so sad.
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
No worries Akpril!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 8 years
I feel...surprisingly 'nothing' after it's confirmed that they're divorcing, it's like, I knew it's coming but oh well, it's not my life and yeah, I've not been watching. I did feel strongly for the children (so sorry for them) when the scandals broke, and I did hope that the two of them would at least consider marriage counseling or any type of counseling with their church (just in case they don't believe in mainstream counseling), etc, but oh well. It's their life. I hope that they will be on permanent hiatus, I can't believe I was hearing about them being on tv again come August. It feels morbid to see a family divorcing on tv.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
This is exactly why I was never a fan of this show. Because this is about a real family, with real kids who are not actors. They were exploited from the start by their parents for money and fame, and now as the family is falling apart, there is too much focus on them and the media is feeding off of that.
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 8 years
I just think people should not believe everything they read on the internet. But I really don't care (or think it's sad) that they are divorcing because they brought this on themselves but I just didn't like when Jon said he was "excited" about the divorce. Who the hell gets excited about a divorce especially when there are kids invovled. I just think Jon is being immature about the whole situation and isn't thinking about how his actions today will affect his family tomorrow. He mentions his age like that makes a difference, I don't care if Jon is 32 with 8 kids, Kate is 34 with 8 kids. Not that large of a difference.
Akpril Akpril 8 years
While two happy divorced parents are better than two miserable, mad married parents, I think that happy married parents are best. I've been thinking a lot about marraige this past week. My husband and I get along really well and are fairly happy, but are going through a hard time and I just realized the other day that we are both dealing with it on our own, with each of us being the martyr and thinking about how hard it is for our own self, not teaming together and fighting for each other. While I'm sad it has happened, I'm so glad that I noticed. I think turning that around is going to make us both so much happier. And our happiness together has a huge impact on our son and our home. I think people get divorced so easily now. They seem to check out emotionally when things get hard instead of sticking it out and working hard and growing together. Cherrygirl, this is totally not directed at you! I just realized this could be taken totally wrong right after your post.
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
I do have to say that divorce isn't always a bad thing. I am divorced and believe me my relationship with my ex husband is waaaaaay better now. I admit, the divorce was sad and hard because I didn't ever hate him, we just couldn't get on the same page and after 10 years of trying, we made the decision to divorce. We just didn't work well married, but as friends we are great. He is a good guy and trust me this has been the best for our son. I agree is may not be the answer in every situation but in others it is the best thing. As for Jon and Kate, I honestly can't say cuz I don't watch it. But I do hope that whatever they do they at least try to do the right thing for themselves and those kids. I think to happy parents divorced is better than two miserable, mad parents married.
cents4dollars cents4dollars 8 years
I felt sick hearing Jon say he was "excited." With a husband like that no wonder Kate turned into a crappy wife (cold, bitter, demanding). Jon was clearly immature when they married, and while Kate dove into figuring out how to make it all work Jon just sat back for the ride. When communicating with your husband is like pulling teeth, it is no wonder she gave up trying. They say people grow up when they have kids, he obviously missed the memo. I'm presuming in 20 years he will looks back on this mid life crisis (dating 23 year olds???) and understand why Kate was so frustrated with him all the time.
cherrygirl143 cherrygirl143 8 years
It is just sad that there are so many children involved in this mess. I am, however, curious how they work out support!!! Support for 8 kids? Wowsers!
RachLA RachLA 8 years
No doubt this is a sad development... they should have stopped the show and gone to counseling. I feel bad for Kate, and I really think a lot of her attitude lately has been because of the pressure she's under. I think Jon saw how he was portrayed on the show and one day decided he wasn't going to take it, and now wants to go back to his 20s (with the help of douchey earrings).
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