Kate Gosselin Celebrates Sextuplets 13th Birthday Without Collin

Posted by Jeanne on July 25, 2017

People always have a lot to say about Kate Gosselin and how she raises her kids. The latest controversy surrounds the fact that her famous sextuplets just turned 13 but one of the kids was nowhere to be seen.

Kate Gosselin

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Last night’s episode of Kate Plus 8¬†featured a birthday party for the sextuplets but as Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah, and Joel gathered around their birthday cake,¬†Collin was noticeably missing.

As the kids played in the backyard camping and “glamping” while cooking their own food (corn and hot dogs) over a fire, doing arts and crafts, and foraging on a scavenger hunt, viewers struggled with feeling sorry for the boy who wasn’t there.

Back in August 2016, Kate was pretty upfront about the fact that Collin was in a program somewhere in order to help him with his “special needs.” She didn’t get specific but said it had been a struggle “for a very long time.”

Still, people were sad that he wasn’t able to make the trip home for his birthday and, while Kate made sure the other kids were having a good time, she did express some sadness that Collin wasn’t with them.

“I am comforted with the fact that my kids, all of them, each unique child, is receiving exactly what they need and that hasn’t changed,” she said. “I’ve said that before, I’ll say it again. It’s a bittersweet moment [and] we’ve had many of them. You can’t do anything without realizing he’s missing, so we may not say it, but it’s always there.”

It’s easy to jump to conclusions and judgments but the vast majority of us will never raise multiples, nevermind sextuplets. We have no idea what their family is going through. Maybe the coordinators at the center where Collin is living thought it would be a bad idea for him to go to the party. Don’t the other five children deserve to celebrate their birthday without an incident? It’s not an easy situation and, while we might have our opinions about her, Kate seems to be doing the best she can and that’s all any of us can do.

Happy birthday, Gosselin Sextuplets!

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