Kate Gosselin has put her marriage to ex Jon Gosselin behind her – and with it, her much talked-about hairstyle.
“It’s good to have hair again,” she told People of her longer new look, aided by extensions and the help of celeb stylist Ted Gibson. “I never thought I’d have short hair for as long as I did. I feel like this is a fresh start, a fresh me, a fresh life.”
The star added that finalizing her divorce from Jon wasn’t easy.
“I got phone calls from my friends congratulating me,” she told the mag. “But I felt like, ‘You’re congratulating me on a failed marriage?’ I knew what they were getting at, because I am starting over and cutting ties from something that was really dragging me down, but it was a rough day. I wasn’t prepared for the intensity of the emotion involved.”
But now, she’s moving forward – and thinking about new love.
“I’m not going to rule it out,” she said. “But right now it’s not my focus. Being alone at the end of every day, I’m not liking that – it’s been a long time, and I feel that loneliness. But I’m not going to go running in the direction of finding someone.”
Instead, she said, her eight children are still her top priority.
“I’ve got to get my kids back on track, my career back on track and my family back on track,” she said.
In fact, Kate said her kids are “really struggling” with their dad’s absence.
“They start counseling in the next two weeks,” she said. “I’m definitely seeing signs that it’s a major need at this point.”
While Jon and Kate earned thousands of dollars for their work on TLC’s “Jon and Kate Plus 8,” Kate said that money has become an issue. (During the divorce proceedings, Jon withdrew money from their joint account and was forced to return it by court order.)
“I have a lot of debt to crawl out of,” she claimed. “Debt that shouldn’t be there. I have a lot of anger about that. But it’s nothing that good, hard work won’t fix.”
Nevertheless, Kate’s excited about starting 2010 free and clear.
“Now I get to start over in a new year, with a new self and new goals,” she said. “Oh yeah – and new hair!”
And the man behind her makeover, Ted Gibson, told Access Hollywood on Wednesday that Kate’s new look didn’t come easy.
“It was grueling,” he said. “We spent about 20 hours doing it. But it was really fantastic.”
And while her previous look got attention — and even Halloween wigs — Ted’s confident in her new style.
“She’s coming into her own and she looks gorgeous,” he said.
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