In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view, Jon Gos­selin’s mother says his ex-wife needs help

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It was a rou­tine cus­tody ex­change that turned into a three-hour show­down. On Aug. 15, Jon and Kate Gos­selin’s 13-year-old daugh­ter Han­nah re­fused to get out of her fa­ther’s car to go with Kate, scream­ing as her mother tried to take her out. Jon en­cour­aged Han­nah to re­sist. Two days later, the exes wound up back in court for a cus­tody hearing, Life & Style has learned ex­clu­sively, and Jon lost. “The judge claimed Jon had ma­nip­u­lated Han­nah so she wouldn’t want to see Kate, [then] ended Jon’s 5050 cus­tody of her and sep­a­rated Han­nah from him for 30 days,” re­veals an in­sider. “Also, now Jon will no longer see the other chil­dren ex­cept for a cou­ple of hours on Sun­days in a park.”

Jon’s mother is fu­ri­ous. In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with Life & Style, Han­nah’s irate grand­mother makes shock­ing charges against her son’s for­mer wife and Jon & Kate Plus 8 co-star, claim­ing it’s Kate

who is ma­nip­u­lat­ing their eight chil­dren, and that the kids are afraid of her. “Kate needs psy­cho­log­i­cal help,” Jon’s mom charges, adding that she be­lieves Kate is try­ing to turn the chil­dren against their fa­ther. “The kids say they are scared to say or do any­thing.”


Kate, 42, has ad­mit­ted to spank­ing her kids, and Jon’s mom be­lieves it goes way too far. “If these kids spill some­thing, they freak out and panic and cry as if we will hurt them,” she says. Though Kate of­fered in the heat of the Aug. 15 fight to take Han­nah to ther­apy and re­as­sured her she could con­tinue to see both par­ents, Han­nah told her grand­mother that Kate en­cour­aged the other chil­dren to “shun” her af­ter the in­ci­dent. “Han­nah said that Kate told them not to talk to her in or­der to teach her a les­son,” she tells Life & Style. “Han­nah also said Kate took the chil­dren shop­ping for school sup­plies but wouldn’t buy her any­thing. She is pun­ish­ing her.” Kate did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment on these charges.

Kate is tar­get­ing Han­nah, Jon’s mom be­lieves, for show­ing a pref­er­ence for Jon, 40. Kate, she claims, has been turn­ing the chil­dren against both her and her son. “Han­nah told me that Kate made her and her brothers and sis­ters all chant, ‘ We will not visit Jon,’” she says. “Not even, ‘ We will not visit Daddy.’ She makes them call him Jon. And Kate tells the kids she is afraid of me to alien­ate them from me, too.”

Jon’s old­est daugh­ters, twins Mady and Cara, 16, have said they don’t want to see Jon, but he hasn’t given up on them or the 13-yearold sex­tu­plets Aaden,

Alexis, Collin, Han­nah, Joel and Leah. (Collin lives away from home in a fa­cil­ity to deal with what his mom calls his “spe­cial needs.”)

As an­gry as she is, Jon’s mom says she’s mostly just con­cerned for her grand­chil­dren. “Af­ter ev­ery­thing that has hap­pened, I de­mand a psych eval­u­a­tion for Kate,” she says. “I de­mand jus­tice for Jon and these kids.”

So Much Anger Though Jon’s mom be­lieves Kate needs help, she says Kate has re­fused ther­apy for her is­sues. “Kate thinks there is noth­ing wrong with her, so she would never sub­ject her­self [to it],” she tells Life & Style.

Sep­a­rated From His Chil­dren Af­ter Jon and Kate’s Aug. 15 show­down over daugh­ter Han­nah, some of his cus­tody priv­i­leges were taken away. “It makes no sense that Jon has been de­nied vis­i­ta­tion,” his mom (with him here) tells Life & Style.

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