Kate Gosselin Talks New TLC Special, Raising 8 Kids & Her Love Life

Cara Gosselin, Kate Gosselin and Mady Gosselin on January 16, 2014 Cara Gosselin, Kate Gosselin and Mady Gosselin on January 16, 2014

Kate Gosselin and her eight kids are returning to TV in a new TLC special and she chatted with Access Hollywood about her large family that includes a set of twins and sextuplets!

Here’s some of what the headline-making reality TV mom told Access:

On raising six 10-year-olds and two 13-year-olds: “I cannot believe I have teenagers and… six 10-year-olds I don’t think my brain goes there. It’s crazy! The craziest part is that I’m still alive. Yes, it’s true. I’m not kidding… [the sextuplets] try to act like [their older sisters], and so, at times, it does feel like I have eight teenagers.”

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On her kids continuing on in reality TV: “I would not have signed up for it without asking them. … I asked them and they were overly excited and wanted to know immediately when the crew was arriving. And so we did it and oddly, it felt like we had never ended, which is interesting.”

On dealing with the public’s criticism of her parenting style: “Am I concerned about other people’s opinions who have no bearing on our everyday actual lives? No. My main concern is the eight human beings who I was put in charge of raising to the best of my ability. … Do I have all the answers? The answer is no. Do I do everything right? The answer is absolutely not. Do I do my best? One hundred percent of the time.”

On her “very strict” social media & online rules for her teenage daughters: “They are not allowed to change their passcode unless they come to me and I record it. I can pick [their phones] up and view it any time because I pay for it and I own it. And they’re not allowed to delete any texts. They’re not allowed to have the Internet. They’re not allowed to answer any calls that are unidentified which means it’s not in their contacts… and they’re too young [for Twitter and Instagram] They’re too young to understand the repercussions of photos and words and who they’re talking to. I’m certain that wouldn’t be different if we were a family that you hadn’t heard of.”

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On the thought of getting married again: “Typically, you have to be dating someone before you get married. That, I know, is fact. And so, I don’t know if I even have to worry about that right now.”

“Kate Plus Eight: Sextuplets Turn 10” airs as a two-part special on Thursday at 10 PM ET and next Thursday, June 26 at 10 PM ET on TLC.

-- Jesse Spero

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