What’s Wrong With Collin Gosselin? He Has Struggled With Special Needs

Back in the day, Jon & Kate Plus 8 was the epitome of reality TV. The TLC series followed Jon and Kate Gosselin as they welcomed sextuplets — Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel — after already having twin daughters, Mady and Cara. After 10 years of marriage, however, Jon and Kate went through a highly public divorce and subsequent custody battle that dragged on for years.

Over time, fans of Kate Plus 8 and Kate Plus Date have wondered: What’s wrong with Collin Gosselin?

Not only did Collin simply stop appearing on Kate’s spinoff series, but he was sent away to a special needs facility for several years before Jon gained custody of him. Let’s take a deep dive into what’s going on with the now-16-year-old sextuplet.

What’s wrong with Collin Gosselin?

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Jon was ultimately awarded full custody of Collin in 2018 when Kate failed to appear in court; another of the sextuplets, Hannah, also lives with her father. In September 2019, Jon opened up about the alleged abuse his eight children endured while living with their mom.

“I know my children have suffered abuse and I know one day they’re going to tell their own story,” Jon told the Daily Mail at the time. “And sadly enough, I know what PTSD is. It’s really upsetting.”

Jon explained that Collin was sent to the educational facility because of behavioral problems related to ADHD. He also alleged that Collin was in a “cage” for three years, and that Kate only visited him on three occasions during this time.

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Collin Gosselin has since accused his father of abuse.

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“Collin got furious and was screaming and swearing. When they got home, he was still screaming and cursing and he went into the garage and got … a big heavy bottle of liquid — and hurled it at Jon’s car, denting it,” a source told People of the altercation. “Jon got out of the car enraged, put him in a headlock, punched him square in the nose, and when Collin fell to the ground, then he kicked him in the ribs.”

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A week after Collin’s initial allegations via Instagram, the County of Berks, Penn. Child & Youth Services launched a child abuse investigation. It’s worth noting that Jon was not specifically named. However, Kate was notified of the investigation.

“You do not punch and kick your children. You do not kick a child. I don’t want to hear any excuses from anyone, not from his father, not from local law enforcement, not from court personnel whose job is supposedly to ensure the best interests of my children,” Kate told People. “… I don’t want my children around him. Enough is enough.”

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It’s unclear whether Collin’s special needs may have played a part in the teen’s initial anger toward his father. Regardless, child abuse is never the answer. Hopefully the investigation uncovers what happened during this altercation and proper legal consequences, if any, are carried out.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233. 

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