Kate Gosselin says she has been “left with no choice” but to speak up after certain family members, including her estranged 19-year-old son Collin Gosselin, spoke to VICE TV and alleged she was being abused.
In a July 21 post on her Instagram pageKate Gosselin shared her view of her son’s mental state, maintaining that he had received “multiple psychiatric diagnoses” and had at times been “unpredictable and violent.”
Kate Gosselin’s claims are in response to a feud sparked by the first episode of VICE TV’s “Dark Side of the 2000s.” In the episode, her ex-husband Jon Gosselin and two of her children, Collin and Hannah Gosselin, criticized her behavior during their time as a family starring in the reality TV series “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” Collin Gosselin also spoke about being institutionalized at a young age.
“I’d like to think she needed someone to take her anger and frustration out on, and it was just a friendly one of mine. I was in the way and I was there. So she chose me,” Collin Gosselin said in the episode about his mother. He said that earlier Entertainment tonight that he was institutionalized as a 12-year-old.
In Kate Gosselin’s Instagram post on July 21, she said:
“I never wanted to have to do this, but I feel like I’ve been backed into a corner and have no choice. Although it saddens me, I have to speak up now,” the mother of eight began her post.
“My son Collin, whom I love with all my heart, has had several psychiatric diagnoses over the years. For the sake of myself, the safety of his brothers and sisters, and for his own well-being, he was placed in a facility after years of outpatient treatment that proved inadequate for his needs,” the caption continued. “The decision to admit him was made by emergency room doctors following one of his many attacks/outbursts – this one involving his use of a weapon.”
“Fast forward to today and after Jon’s removal of Collin from treatment, my son’s unpredictable and violent behavior has sadly continued on a regular basis towards Jon, Hannah and others around him,” she added.
“Collin’s distorted perception of reality is one of the many issues that he has always struggled with,” she continued. “As many people who have family members struggling with mental health issues can attest, it is rare and sadly surprising when complete fabrications occur, and this is just another heartbreaking facet of this struggle. All parent-child relationships are complex, but when mental illness is involved, it is incredibly complicated and painful, let alone easy for outsiders to understand.”
“All measures taken in our home were at the express recommendation of his pediatric psychiatrist and/or his team of specialists and were put in place to protect each member of our family, our friends as well as our family pets,” the caption added. “Unfortunately, I think Collin remains a very troubled young man who continues to need a lot of help,” she continued. “His siblings and I have not been directly involved in his life due to his history of unpredictable behavior and violent tendencies towards us. What his sister Mady posted on social media recently is absolutely correct and I really appreciate her bravery in doing so.”
“This is all I have to say on the matter and I will not discuss this matter further at this time,” Kate Gosselin concluded.
Kate Gosselin’s statement comes the same day her daughter Mady Gosselin — the second-oldest of the eight Gosselin children — shared an Instagram story responding to the VICE episode.
“Btw I am not the authority on what trauma others have experienced, but I am the authority on what I have experienced (and I reluctantly shared it with you today),” she said. “To those of you who said that my brother was a child who experienced trauma and therefore I must quickly forgive and forget, remember that I was a child too. I have empathy for him and what he has been through, but that does not erase the trauma I suffered at his hands.”
TODAY.com reached out to Jon and Collin Gosselin for comment regarding Kate Gosselin’s post, but did not hear back.