In simpler times, Jon Gosselin was just a regular dad, struggling to raise eight kids with his wife, Kate, in suburban Pennsylvania. And then the camera crew arrived.
But almost two years after he was dropped from their once famous reality TV show, Jon has gotten a real job installing solar panels. The father-of-eight tells In Touch how losing it all was the best thing that has ever happened to him. “I really don’t miss anything about the reality TV life, to be honest,” Jon says, and adds, “It just wasn’t for me.”
Jon, 34, works a full time in the construction business to secure a great future for his family. He says he enjoys his job and his anonymity. And although his children are still on TV, Jon is determined to help them build a normal life once the spotlight fades.
My concerns for them are the same as any parent’s,” he says. “I hope they grow up and learn normal things. I hope that I instill enough parental advice in them that they do make the right decisions. I feel it’s best that I do what my own parents have done and raise them as normal children.”
“I love everything about my life now,” he says, “I love being with my kids. I just love being normal.”
He goes on to talk about his hopes for the kids.
It’s not like there on the other side of the planet 24/7. I talk to them every day,” Jon says. “Even when I did see them every day, it was hard to be away from then for even a little while. But I know the best thing I can do is go to work, get my paycheck and build a normal life for them when they come off TV.”
The once infamous playboy says he doesn’t miss the money and glamor of fame and loves everything about his life now: girlfriend Ellen, being with his kids and just being normal. “I’ve basically just kind of reinvented my life all over again,” he says. “I just want to give this new life of mine a huge shot and I want to stick with it. I really want to say that this is my last interview.”