In an exclusive interview for Primetime—airing September 8—Jon Gosselin opens up about his divorce from Kate, alleging she abused him by leaving him with the children while she traveled for work. What he calls "abuse," we call "parenting."
"She'll call me like, almost like a lame fish. Like I wasn't going anywhere. I took a lot of abuse from her. I was put down," Jon says of Kate. He seems bitter about the fact that he had to stay at home with the children while Kate traveled on book tours, and admits he was jealous of things she was doing like "lobster dinners, steak dinners." (Surely there is some kind of restaurant in Pennsylvania with a surf 'n turf option.)
Interestingly, Jon's predicament is similar to the housewives profiled in The Feminine Mystique: married too young, defined by spouse and children, and lacks own identity. The difference, however, is that most adults going through a rough patch in search of personal fulfillment don't look for it at the bottom of a bottle of expensive champagne on a yacht on the Riviera, in the pants of a 22-year-old family friend, or in a two-seater sportscar.
Basically, his tears of abuse don't hold much water, because his "self-discovery" just comes off as selfish.
Also in the interview, Jon will go into detail on the following topics:
His relationship with 22-year-old Hailey Glassman. Jon says:
What began as friendship has grown into something more. I know that my decision to appear publicly with Hailey this weekend will be scrutinized, but I hope that people can see I'm a regular guy who is going through a very difficult time in life and wants to move forward.
The rumors about Kate's affair with the bodyguard. The bodyguard was "definitely something that was discussed in the home."
Jon says the show did play a role in the Gosselins' break up.