Kate Gosselin is an American TV personality. She gained international fame on reality TV show – Jon & Kate Plus 8 – which documented her life and that of her husband as they raised their 8 kids which consist of a set of twins and sextuplets.
Kate Gosselin Bio – Parents and Family Background
Kate was born Katie Irene Kreider on March 28, 1975, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is of English, German and Scottish descent. Her father, Kenton Kreider (born May 1, 1949) is a preacher while her mother, Charlene Ruth Kreider (née Kolak, born January 14, 1958) owns a trailer park/campground in Lancaster.
Kate hails from a family of five of which she is the second child. She received a diploma at the Reading Hospital and Medical Center in Reading, Pennsylvania and became a registered nurse.
Husband and Children
In 1999, Kate married Jon Gosselin whom she met at a company picnic in 1997. Kate and Jon welcomed their first kid in 2000, she birthed a set of twin girls Cara and Madelyn. In May 2004 with the help of fertility treatment after suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome, Kate gave birth to her next set of children, sextuplets including 3 sons and 3 daughters. She retired as a labour nurse in 2004, the same year she birthed her sextuplets.
Rise To Fame With Jon & Kate Plus 8
An atypical family with 8 kids, Kate’s family received much attention from the media. They were first featured in NBC reality show Home Delivery which was filmed in their revamped Wyomissing, Pennsylvania home. In 2005, they were then featured in a special titled “Surviving Sextuplets and Twins” on Discovery Health. Following the popularity and high ratings of the sequel, Discovery Health signed the family to a reality series titled “Jon & Kate Plus 8”. The series began airing in April 2007 and after the first two seasons, it was moved to The Learning Channel (TLC). The family received $25,000 per episode of the series.
Kate made additional $25k to $40k from speaking engagements, church tours and image rights.
The show ran until 2009 when it was put on hiatus following Kate’s divorce from husband Jon. However, after the divorce was finalized, the show restarted with the name “Kate Plus 8”, Jon made random appearances. In 2011, after two seasons the show was put on hold as a result of series of controversies between Kate and Jon. However, reruns and specials of the show still air on TLC.
Who’s Kate’s Boyfriend?
After divorcing from husband Jon Gosselin she began dating millionaire Jeff Prescott, a divorced father of three kids who is the COO and Co-founder of an Internet-based stockpiler and supplier of digital images “Dreamstime”. The company’s media outlets for both corporate and personal clientele was valued at $15 million as at 2007 and this value is estimated to have increased to about 20 times its former worth in recent times.
Their relationship came to limelight in October 2014, which is almost 5 years after her divorce. However, just after a year in 2015, the pair broke up and much of this has been attributed to his indifference or sudden development of cold feet to appearing on the reality show “Kate plus 8”. He was then spotted with his new 26-year-old girlfriend from Belarus. She is a model and a business-major who interestingly speaks five different languages.
Other TV Shows/Endeavors, Earnings and House
As Kate Plus 8 wasn’t as successful as the original show, Kate opted for other means of making money. She featured on other reality TV shows including “Dancing With The Stars”, “Celebrity Apprentice” featuring Donald Trump, “Celebrity Wife Swap” and others. She was to start her own show, “Twist of Kate” but it was later cancelled.
Kate Gosselin also made money from penning books, her first two books debuted at #5 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.
The reality Tv star owns a home in Wernersville, Pennsylvania which she got after parting ways with her husband Jon. The home costs $1.2 million and she resides there with all her eight kids. As usual with reality tv stars, she also had to share her home with the crew of “Kate plus 8.” Having such external persons around and in your house more often than not can be quite unnerving. As such, Kate had a few rules to help her and her kids cope with the situation. Such rules include a no smoking policy in or around the house.
In all, it is believed that Kate is worth $200,000.
Kate Gosselin Feet
Kate has been praised for having really lovely feet with nicely arranged symmetry. It is known that some fans are obsessed with pictures of her feet. 9 (US) is the size of shoe that fits her feet.