By Justin Ravitz
Jon Gosselin confirms in a new Oprah Winfrey interview that he and ex-wife Kate Gosselin are virtual strangers.
Their relationship today is apparently a far cry from the happy, goofy days of “Jon and Kate Plus 8” — when the overwhelmed, but cheerful spouses seemed bonded for life as they minded their brood of eight small children.
Now, three years after their marriage ended, Jon sat for an interview with Oprah for her Sunday night show “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” The interview airs this Sunday night (Nov. 3) at 10/9c on OWN.
“I don’t really have a relationship with Kate. It’s more texting, custodial stuff. I wish her the best in all that she does,” says Jon, 36.
Now making ends meet as a waiter at a restaurant in rural Pennsylvania, Jon shares custody with Kate, 38, of twins Cara and Mady, 13, and 9-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel. But it sounds like the former spouses are still at odds.
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“We’re just moving in totally different directions, just totally not on the same page at all about anything,” Jon says quietly in the Winfrey interview.
“I don’t really know what goes on in Kate’s house, and she really doesn’t know what goes on in my house. There is no cooperation,” Jon adds.
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For her part, Kate told Bethenny Frankel last month that she felt “sadness and empathy and pity” for her ex, and hinted that co-parenting remains something of a strain.
“Without going into to much detail, we are making the best of it,” she said. “I definitely want them to know that I did not want to hinder or stand in the way of that relationship with him.”
Adds Jon in the OWN interview: “[We have] two totally different parenting styles, two totally different everythings, which is a shame because it affects me. But it really affects my children.”