Exclusive: Jon Gosselin tells EW 'I am not guilty of cheating on my wife'

Kategosselin_l In an exclusive interview with EW, Jon and Kate Gosselin — the stars of TLC’s top-rated Jon and Kate Plus Eight — addressed the recent tabloid coverage that alleged the 32-year-old father was unfaithful to his wife. In the early morning hours of April 18, a paparazzo photographed Jon leaving a Pennsylvania bar with a woman who has since identified herself as Deanna Hummel, 23 (Kate was out of town promoting her latest book, Eight Little Faces). Since then, Hummel and friends of Jon have come to his defense, including a bouncer at the bar who said “there was no romantic anything” between Jon and the woman.

EW: What did you think of the story and photo?
Jon: It’s really upsetting. I may be guilty of choosing the wrong time and place to hang out with my friends, but I am not guilty of cheating on my wife. It hurts me to see what it’s done to my family, and it’s scary to know that these tabloids are in town constantly following us and even paying locals large amounts of money to contribute to these negative stories. It’s even gotten so bad that [one tabloid] has reached out to a youth pastor from our church, which in my eyes is completely unacceptable.
Kate: It’s disturbing and unfortunate that these tabloids have gone as far as they have to try and bring us down. Jon’s poor judgment and irresponsible behavior has also without a doubt caused some added tension and stress between the two of us.

EW: Does the tabloid story make you want to spend even less time in public? Do you feel like you have to decline future requests for fan photos for fear they may end up in the wrong hands?
Jon: Our fans and the majority of viewers have been overwhelmingly supportive, but when tabloids take photos and turn them into something they are not, yes it definitely makes us hesitant to take photos with fans and go about our daily lives. We still want to live normal lives. We want our kids to have opportunities that we didn’t have growing up, which is why we participated in the show in the first place. But of course it makes us think twice about how we spend our time in public.

EW: Will you address how the tabloid coverage has affected your life in the upcoming season on Jon and Kate, which begins May 25?
Kate: I think we will address the bigger picture, regarding the very public focus on our family and the stress it’s caused in our relationship, but not necessarily any specific tabloid.

EW: That said, the latest tabloid coverage should only boost ratings for the fifth season of your show. Is this comforting, or troubling?
Kate: We are not concerned about the ratings right now. Our main focus is on our family and working through this.


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  • Jennifer

    Does the following sound more like (A)like a wife talking about her husband, or (B)A 3rd grade teacher criticizing a stundent on his report card? : “Jon’s poor judgment and irresponsible behavior has also without a doubt caused some added tension and stress.”

  • Chris

    Just like Kate to talk that way about Jon…gee, wonder why he was out with another woman having fun in the first place? Time to look in the mirror Kate!

  • Beth

    As much as I love the show, and think the kids are adorable, maybe they should consider not doing it anymore. Their kids are now schoolaged and you know they have to hearing things outside of school. While I do feel bad for them and the fact that they have become a paparazzi magnet, but they should do what they have always done and put the kids first. Time to end it and concentrate on your beautiful children and family.

  • Adam

    Kate’s comments about “irresponsible behaviour” may be true, but there has to be more adding a strain to the mariage. It goes both ways.

    http://tvdonewright.com/2009/05/06/tv-tonight-wednesday-may-6th/

  • Officer Farva

    Jennifer, I totally agree. She sounds horrible and his behaviour is justified. That orange woman is such a mean-spirited and unsympathetic person, it is hard to believe she is the same person from the beginning.
    Run, Jon, run! Get away from her as fast as you can.
    His “irresponsible behavior” is actually normal for human beings, going out for drinks with friends, while the harpy shrew jetsets around the country unloading her bull pucky onto a gullible public. Her attitude and personality are irresponsible in general. GO away Kate, you are now a product and your real unlikeable personality is becoming more and more known. Octomom is a moron, this one is not so much ignorant but mean and unpleasant. Please Jon, next time don’t sign the release form and get on with you and your childrens’ lives.

  • disgusted

    I just read an article on momlogic that quoted an interview with the other woman’s brother who says he’s tired of hearing her and jon have sex at her apartment…The brother thinks it’s “icky” DUH!

  • WayBeyondSoccerMom

    Ouch.
    “Jon’s poor judgment and irresponsible behavior has also without a doubt caused some added tension and stress between the two of us.”
    That seemed to come out of left field from Kate.
    I just want this family to go away, off my TV and off EW’s website.

  • PeterBilt The Nature Boy

    my gosh Kate is mean biznotch.

  • amy

    Does anyone else feel like this might be a big TLC-Gosselin conspiracy to keep people talking about them even when their show isn’t on? The night with their biggest ratings was the night that Jon seemed the most pissed off about his wife and the show. I’m just sayin’…

  • Tom Brazelton

    “Jon’s poor judgment and irresponsible behavior has also without a doubt caused some added tension and stress between the two of us.”
    Wow. Way to put up a unified front, Kate. Make sure you get your licks in, too, as your husband is being publicly flogged in the press.

  • Mo

    If they want to save their family, then they need to stop doing the show. I’m pulling for them, but what’s sad is that Kate does need to humble herself and look inside to change some things. I had no idea they were that young either. I’m sure the stress of 8 kids throughout your twenties and not building that relationship with each other is causing some tension as well. Overall, they need to stop doing the show…period!

  • susanp

    I’ve seen lots of photos that fans have taken with celebrities and none of them made me think the star was cheating on his/her spouse. Here’s a tip Jon. Don’t have the photos taken at 2am in front of a bar with a single girl and then run away like a criminal. Amazingly enough their stupid fans will believe any bs these two dish out.

  • John

    They must have paid off that woman Jon was with to shut up and say nothing was going on. TLC was cutting some nice checks.

  • Sally

    Geez, people, obsessed much? Funny how so many of you watch the show just to judge them. And believing tabloid BS is pathetic. So what if he’s at a bar. Big freaking deal. Stop watching the damn show and live your own lives.

  • Phillies Fan in SoCal

    I’ve only watched the show a couple of times with my fiancee (who watches it regularly), but we both agree that Kate is a ston-cold beeyotch. She talks to Jon like he’s one of the kids, and is always just so shrill and mean-spirited. She’s the definition of a controlling wife.

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