Not long after news broke out about Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin’s son Collin, the mother took to Instagram in order to share a family occasion last month. She took a picture of her children all decked out in their Halloween costumes. In the caption, she wrote, “I had a trick-or-treating date with a couple of cute pink dinosaurs and a few adorable astronauts! Happy Halloween!”
The photo captures the star’s 13-year-old sextuplets: Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, and Joel who were all smiling for the picture, undoubtedly excited for a night of trick-or-treating. Collin, however, was notably absent from the photo. Kate recently spoke about her son, who she has registered in a program away from home for his behavioral issues.
Her Instagram followers were quick to comment on his absence. One user wrote, “No Collin, of course. That’s sad. He’s been gone for like 3 years now.” Another user wrote, “He should be at home it is terrible.” Another Instagram follower suggested that Gosselin change the name of the show to Kate Plus 7, also referencing Collin’s extended absence.
Of course, it’s not unusual for social media users to share their unsubstantiated opinions on any and all matters, though some users claim to have had similar experiences. For instance, one follower wrote, “I grew up with a troubled sibling but never did we exclude him from all family activities.”
The same user adds, “If he was so out of control you would of [sic] never been able to film with him as much as you did without incident. Sometimes parenting is not easy but that does not mean [you should] send your child away long term.”
The reality star and her ex-husband Jon Gosselin famously ended their 10-year marriage in 2009. In addition to their sextuplets, they are also the parents of 17-year-old twins Mady and Cara.
Although Kate has not yet responded to the Instagram comments, she has opened up about her decision to send Collin away from his social and educational challenges. In an interview with ABC’s Nightline last year, Kate said, “It was not even really a choice, it was on the advice of his doctors and it had to happen.” She adds, “He’s plodding along and we are too. This is the best thing I can do for him right now and that comforts me.”
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