Kate Gosselin, a tabloid cutie, known and recognized for her show Jon & Kate Plus 8, and now the unfortunate divorce with her husband Jon.  It was alleged that he was unfaithful, causing the image of the perfect American family into distortion thus pleasing the tabloids and paparazzi alike.

Kate is one of five children and was born to Kenton and Charlene Kreider.  She studied to become a nurse, and later worked in labor and delivery.  Before the media melee, Kate and Jon, a simple couple, who married on June 12, 1999, welcomed the arrival of Cara Nicole and Madelyn Kate into the world on October 8, 2000.  Jon and Kate utilized a fertility treatment to get pregnant as Kate was unable to conceive naturally due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.  She then went on to give birth to sextuplets on May 10, 2004 after more fertility treatments.

Their reality TV career began with a feature on Home Delivery, a show that aired on NBC.  Their home was renovated to make room for their large family.  The couple and their children were also featured in a special on Discovery Heath called Surviving Sextuplets and Twins and a year later, a special called Surviving Sextuplets and Twins: One Year Later. Production for Jon & Kate Plus 8 began in October 2006, and the first two seasons aired on Discovery Health Channel.  The show eventually moved to TLC.  In addition, to the TV show, Kate has written two books Multiple Blessings which was co-written with Jon, and Eight Little Faces released in April 2009.

Jon and Kate made it public on June 22, 2009 that they were separating in a 1-hour episode.  The day in which the episode aired, Jon and Kate met with attorneys to finalize a divorce instead of the separation.  The two commented that “the show must go on”, in interviews, yet TLC thought differently, and put the show on hold.  Production difficulties have occurred because the couple no longer lives in the same house.  Kate and the children remain in their home in Pennsylvania, and during Jon’s visits, Kate finds residency elsewhere.

Questions of infidelity have wavered around the broken marriage.  Kate was accused of having an affair with her body guard, and endless unethical accusations about how Kate and Jon are “banking” on the show’s success.  It is said that they have accepted many “freebies” from companies for endorsement, and Kate received a free tummy tuck after the birth.  It is also said that she sells signed photos of the children during appearances.

Along with the media hype, the public, especially women, have shown great interest in Kate’s hairstyle, look and demeanor.  This Halloween companies have made it easy for those wishing to dress-up like Kate without having their hair cut into various lengths and chop-like sections.  A blond wig is available for purchase that mimics Kate’s infamous hairstyle.  With all of the media coverage and wonder that exists around Kate Gosselin, it is sure to be a popular costume this year.


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