Kate Gosselin Tells Her Side

Last night on TLC, Kate Gosselin gave a one-hour interview with NBC's Natalie Morales, titled Kate: Her Story. She was often teary, and she looked tired. But with her big earrings and jangly, bangle bracelets -- and that carefully-yet-strangely coiffed hair -- she also seemed polished. She was in TV mode.

As Morales said herself in a voiceover, the more people watch Jon and Kate, the more questions are raised. Some interesting questions were raised here, but sadly, Morales wasn't able to bring any new information to light. But there were some interesting nuggets nonetheless.

Early in the interview, Kate "revealed" that she has few friends, because so few people around her have proven trustworthy. I've heard this before -- or maybe I got it from one of the dozens of rag magazines that have mentioned it. I can't help asking myself, "Why is Kate estranged from her parents, several of her friends, and (all but one of) her siblings?" I have a lot of sympathy for Kate. She didn't set out to make her family's life into a circus. But why have so many people pulled away from her?

Kate was cryptic as always about her estrangement from her family. No answers there. But she did make a good point about why friends in general might desert her. The few who stick with her -- like her bodyguard and his family -- inevitably get drawn into the paparazzi/tabloid whirlwind and lose their privacy. She's got a point there. Who'd want that? (As for the rumors, fueled by Jon, that she and the bodyguard had an affair, she said, "It's so unthinkable to me that to have to think about it makes me sick.")

The interview questions touched on the dissolution of Jon and Kate's marriage first, and on Jon's infidelity later. That seemed strange to me at first, but in retrospect, it makes sense. The tabs would have you believe that Jon's infidelity sparked their break-up. That's probably true to a degree. But Kate made it clear last night that there were problems in the marriage -- stemming from her traveling engagements, his unhappiness and his lack of purpose -- long before Hailey Glassman (plus various college girls) arrived on the scene. Their marriage didn't just spontaneously combust over night. Most don't.

Asked if she thought that she emasculated Jon on the show, Kate agreed that she could have been less pushy. "I was wrong to treat [Jon] that way," she said. "It was how we related to each other, always. Was it good and healthy and wonderful? No." Back before the split, I think Kate's next sentence would have been, "But it works for us." And Jon might have agreed. Lots of couples snipe at each other.

In fact, when Jon and Kate were still together, the couple did a special episode in which they answered viewer questions -- and they discussed the issue of how she treats Jon. Kate said then that she received emails from viewers all the time about that. In those emails, one woman or another would write that she related to Kate in the way she responded to Jon's behavior -- and that Kate had taken the words right out her mouth.

In other words, Kate made comments to Jon that her viewers wanted to make to their husbands -- but didn't. This bluntness of hers wasn't solely responsible for the downfall of her marriage. But her present situation might be a partial confirmation that Mary Poppins was right. When in doubt, pass on the mean barbs and go for the sugar instead.

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