'Jon & Kate' star Kate Gosselin: Jon had wanted split for a long time
By Christopher Rocchio, 06/24/2009
As Monday night's Jon & Kate Plus 8 broadcast suggested, Jon Gosselin was apparently the driving force behind his recent separation from his wife.
Kate Gosselin claims her husband had wanted to separate for a long time and encouraged her to follow his lead and get a lawyer -- a step she claims she never would have taken on her own, according to a cover story interview in People magazine's new issue.
"I curled up in a ball and I sobbed. I couldn't breathe; I was hyperventilating," Kate told People, according to a Wednesday morning Good Morning America segment about the magazine's interview, which will hit newsstands Friday.
"I was scaring people who were calling to check on me because I couldn't even talk."
"They don't hate each other, but I think Jon especially dislikes Kate at this point," People managing deputy editor Peter Castro told Good Morning America. "He did not want any part of counseling; he wanted out of this marriage. He was a man who was visibly miserable."
While Kate said Jon had been asking for a separation for quite some time, she added it took her a little while for it to set in.
"I remember just looking at him and thinking, 'I wouldn't choose to marry that exact person right now so why am I here?'" she told People.
Although the reality show didn't film any footage featuring Jon and Kate telling their children about the separation, Kate confirmed the couple have told their children -- 8-year-old twins Mady and Cara and their 5-year-old sextuplets -- about the decision.
"Mady was something. She said, 'I can't say this comes as much of a surprise. I could've guessed,'" Kate told People. "But Cara just crumpled into tears. She was crying, and I was holding her in my arms like a baby."