Can somebody go down to hell and check if it’s frozen over, because I’m pretty sure I’m about to agree with Kate Gosselin on something — the fact that she wouldn’t be famous if she didn’t absolutely have to be.
HEAR ME OUT. I’m imagining a bunch of you getting really indignant, ready to protest that Kate clearly loves fame, or else she never would have put herself and her kids on national television. But hold that thought for a second while we talk about some stuff that came up in an interview with E! News to promote her TLC special Kate Plus 8: Sextuples Turn 10. When asked by the interview if fame is a drug, Kate responds:
“Hear me very clearly: if there was another way to singly support eight children, you would not know this name and I would be on an island, and so would they. You would never hear from us again.”
Guys. That’s very true. Every time we get on this lady’s back for being in the spotlight, we forget to consider that that’s how she earns her money. This is a single mom we’re talking about, so when we see her out there drumming up publicity for her family like it’s her job, it’s because it is.
I think there’s a definite argument that her kids would benefit from having less of their lives observed by cameras (not to mention having a parent who wasn’t quite so strict), but those are luxuries that a single mother of eight can’t really afford. What other job could she get that would allow her to support nine humans without being at the office 100% of the time? Considering her situation, doing a reality show is not only a good option, but kind of the only option.
That’s not to say she doesn’t appreciate it, though. This interview actually does a great job humanizing Kate, and allowing her to show some self-awareness as far as how lucky she is to be able to earn a living and secure a future for her children simply by allowing their lives to be documented:
“Having said that, this is a pretty fantastic way to feed my children, keep them in an amazing house, at an amazing school, and make memories together. That’s just my life and cameras are there. So I understand this situation because I landed on TV somehow. This is just part of that. I look at it as work and the kids are with me, they run in and out of the frame, and we go to cool places sometimes.”
Somebody pinch me, because I think I might actually be feeling sympathy for this woman.
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