Jon Gosselin dishes on his current relationship with ex-wife Kate, admits he knows people talk 's**t' about him

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'Jon & Kate Plus 8' Star Jon Gosselin on Being Free of Ex-Wife Kate Gosselin: 'I'm Not Afraid Anymore'


Jon Gosselin isn't holding back.

It's been seven years since the Jon & Kate Plus 8 star divorced from his wife, Kate Gosselin, and said goodbye to the reality show that made them famous. Now, Jon is speaking out on how his life has changed since he and his family first appeared on the popular TLC series.

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"I'm not afraid anymore," Jon insists during an interview with Yahoo! Celebrity. "I'm not under TLC. I don't have to behave."

Jon says his relationship with Kate has been nearly nonexistent ever since the two called it quits, and it doesn't seem like things are going to get better anytime soon. Jon describes their current status as "bad right now."

"Kate tells my kids a lot of stuff, and they tell me," he claims. "I don't want to get my kids in trouble, but she pretty much alienates me. 'He's a party boy. He does this...'"

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MAY 30: DJ Jon Gosselin performs at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Saturday May 30, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MAY 30: DJ Jon Gosselin along with DJ Noah perform at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Saturday May 30, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Jon Gosselin attends Talent Resources Sports presents Maxim 'Big Game Weekend' sponsored by AQUAhydrate, Heavenly Resorts, Wonderful Pistachios, Patron Tequila, Touch by Alyssa Milano and Philippe Chow at ESPACE on January 31, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Anna Webber/Getty Images for Maxim)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MAY 30: DJ Jon Gosselin along with DJ Noah perform at The Pool After Dark at Harrah's Resort on Saturday May 30, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
TEANECK, NJ - JUNE 27: Jon Gosselin attends a press conference on Tax Deductible Marriage Counseling at Bergen Marriage Counseling & Psychotherapy on June 27, 2012 in Teaneck, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
TEANECK, NJ - JUNE 27: Jon Gosselin attends a press conference on Tax Deductible Marriage Counseling at Bergen Marriage Counseling & Psychotherapy on June 27, 2012 in Teaneck, New Jersey. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Television personality Jon Gosselin attends Toasting the 2012 NFL Draft Class kick-off at the Bounce Sporting Club on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Television personality Jon Gosselin attends Toasting the 2012 NFL Draft Class kick-off at the Bounce Sporting Club on April 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 04: Jon Gosselin attends the Launch Party for Virgin America's First Flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia at the Hotel Palomar on April 4, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 29: Jon Gosselin attends the 2nd annual 'Night of a Billion Reality Stars' bash at SupperClub Los Angeles on March 29, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 16: Jon Gosselin arrives at THQ's E3 'Take No Prisoners' event at The Standard Hotel Downtown on June 16, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 22: Jon Gosselin attends The Sky Suite at Sky Lodge on January 22, 2010 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/WireImage)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 09: Television personality Jon Gosselin tapes 'The Insider' in Father Duffy Square on November 09, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 01: Television personality Jon Gosselin meets with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach at the West Side Jewish Center on November 01, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA. - OCTOBER 26: Television reality star Jon Gosselin (C) speaks with the media as he leaves Montgomery County Courthouse after a hearing regarding his divorce from wife Kate Gosselin, October 26, 2009 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Kate did not attend the hearing. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
NORRISTOWN, PA. - OCTOBER 26: Television reality star Jon Gosselin speaks with the media as he leaves Montgomery County Courthouse after a hearing regarding his divorce from wife Kate Gosselin, October 26, 2009 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. Kate did not attend the hearing. (Photo by William Thomas Cain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08: Television personality Jon Gosselin leaves his Manhattan apartment to pick up his daughters on October 08, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
Jon Gosselin arrives at Los Angeles International Airport on October 6, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leandro DiCapua/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
Jon Gosselin launches his milkshakes at Millions Of Milkshakes on October 3, 2009 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: TV personality Jon Gosselin launches his milkshake at Millions Of Milkshakes on October 3, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images)
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Per his and Kate's custody agreement, Jon is technically allowed to see their eight children once a week for dinner and let them stay at his home every other weekend. Unfortunately, Jon says he only gets to see four of them at a time and "has no control over" who he gets to see.

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"I can't do anything," he explains, alleging that he hasn't seen 12-year-old Collin, one of their sextuplets, in a year and a half. "It's unfair of her to do that, considering she claims that she does her best for all my kids. Dah, dah, dah, drama. 'I'm perfect.' No one's perfect, honey. Trust me."

In addition to Collin, Jon and Kate are also parents to Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Leah and Joel (all 12 years of age), and 15-year-old twins Cara and Mady.

"Now all the secrets are coming out because I'm not afraid to say anything," he adds. "'How come you only get four kids?' Because who I get is who I get. Whoever comes through that gate or gets off that [school] bus is who I get. And Collin is homeschooled, so he doesn't get off a bus."

He admits he "loves them all," but isn't going to force them to visit. "If the kids want to come, they come."

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Jon now resides in his hometown of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, and "pays his bills" by working as a DJ. It's the first time he's been able to be his own boss, as Jon says Kate always took on that role for him when they were together.

"It's the longest job I've had after the divorce, and it's all mine," he dishes. "I own it."

"I get good money," he notes. "I work at Building 24 in my hometown. It's great for my kids. It means I'm not traveling a lot. [But] I make more money booking than I do DJ'ing. You can only DJ seven days a week. You're capped. But if you have other DJs working for you, that's increased."

Jon also hopes to return to TV, this time in a documentary-style series with a focus on music.

"The platform might start off on YouTube, and we'll see what happens, but I'm sure somebody is going to pick it up as soon as they see my face," he reveals. "Unfortunately, that's how it works."

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The series would be much different than Jon & Kate Plus 8, however, as he has no plans to feature his kids. "I will never film my kids again," he insists. "It will never happen. Never ever."

"I'm 39 and I finally know what I want to do," he points out. "For those who had patience with me, God bless 'em. For those who don't, I'll see you on TV."

Jon has received a lot of hate over the years, so he's well aware that people will most likely continue to bring him down. Jon says that's not going to happen his time around, however. "I know everything that's going on. I know all the s**t people talk about me," he confesses. "I know the haters, the lovers, the team this, the team that."

"Because I was sworn to secrecy by TLC through my injunction, I had no voice," he further explains. "I had to wait until all of that rode out and hope that people still understand where I'm coming from. Now that there are more reality shows, I think people are more understanding. But then? Then, it was different."

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