Mady, the daughter of Jon and Kate Gosselin, takes a stand against online trolls: “You are not entitled to anything”
Jon and Kate Gosselin’s twins have all grown up – and one of them is setting boundaries with the public.
The Gosselin family first appeared on the TLC reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8” in 2007. Jon and Kate divorced in 2009 and the show was renamed “Kate Plus 8”, without Jon.
On Saturday, his daughter Mady posted a video on TikTok in response to public interest in her life and the lives of her seven siblings, making it clear that their privacy is no one’s business but theirs. She explained that her comments section is filled with people discussing her “childhood trauma”, her parents and more, saying it’s all “sending me over the edge”.
“Perpetuating the narrative that we’re damaged or we’re crazy child stars or whatever you want to say is extremely harmful because me and my siblings are going out into the world and will be functional members of society with careers” , she said in the video. “There seems to be, like, a public consensus that if you’re in the public eye, your whole life is in the public eye and that’s by no means true.”
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The popular show followed the lives of Jon and Kate as they navigated the difficulties of raising twin daughters as well as sextuplets. In addition to Mady, they are parents to her twin, Cara, as well as sextuplets Joel, Collin, Aaden, Leah, Hannah and Alexis.
As for her six younger siblings, Mady assured her followers that “whatever story” there is, they’re all doing just fine. “They’re all amazing people,” she said. “They’re all smart, they’re all nice, they’re motivated students, they work hard, they’re funny, they have style.”
“As heartbreaking as it is to hear this, you have no right to this information about their life or my life,” she continued. “What I share on social media is my choice, and you are not entitled to anything more. I’m sorry if it’s hard to hear, but it’s a limit that I set myself and for what I’m sharing here about my family, and if you can’t respect it, then don’t follow me, or I’ll block you.”
She then took the opportunity to remind everyone to approach the comments section with “decorum and kindness”, saying, “The internet shouldn’t be a free game” where people feel free to “bully everyone”. world” saying things “you would don’t tell me to my face.”
“Yes, nothing prevents you from commenting on these things, except for yourself,” Mady said. “You have to choose to be nice to people and respect their privacy on the internet.”
In the caption of the TikTok video, Mady said she had been “getting hate messages” since she was 6 years old.
This is not the first time that a child from Gosselin has spoken. In November 2022, Collin spoke with “Entertainment Tonight” about his strained relationship with his mother. He has been living with his father since Jon was granted temporary custody in 2018.
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Collin told the outlet that pressure from his family on a reality TV show led to the split with Kate.
“I want to believe it was because of television and what being in the public eye does to a family. I think it tore us apart,” he said. “It gave us less time to really be together as a family, [and] more time to be in the public eye.”
Although he went through some tough times in his upbringing, Collin remains positive as he enters the adult chapter of his life. He also hopes to continue spreading “kindness and love.”
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“My one message to everyone, to the world in general, is to just be nice to people,” he said. “It’s really not that hard, you know? Be nice, talk to people, listen to other people’s stories, just spread kindness.”