Kate Gosselin Says Dancing With the Stars Not More Important than Kids

Appearing on NBC’s Today show on Tuesday, Kate Gosselin said being a single mom has left her with no choice but to take gigs like Dancing With the Stars. Gosselin said she is not choosing fame over her kids, but she “has to provide” somehow for her eight children.

Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani (ABC)
Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani (ABC)

“I’ve got to work harder now than ever because I am a single mom,” Kate Gosselin said on the Today show. “In my heart, I’m always in my kitchen, baking and cooking for my kids, and I’ll always be there,” Gosselin said. “It’s a struggle to be here [in New York], to be anywhere… The emotion that you see is because I would rather be at home with them.”

“It’s a struggle that every working mom, especially single moms, go through, and I’m really feeling it now, and it’s really hard,” Gosselin added.

In addition to appearing on Dancing With the Stars, Kate Gosselin is also practicing constantly with partner Tony Dovolani at home in her basement and promoting her new book, I Just Want You to Know. Gosselin says that she does everything she can to make time for her kids when she is not working.

“I am on the first flight as soon as the show lets me out, and that’s my night of sleep. I get home, and I dance, and I am done by the time they get home from school, and I spend the rest of the week with them,” she said. “But I make the most of every minute I have with them… When I’m home, we make those little spots of time really big in our memories.”

Kate Gosselin and ex-husband Jon Gosselin are due in court May 25 for a custody hearing on the former couple’s eight children. Jon Gosselin has filed a motion seeking primary custody of the kids, calling his ex-wife an “absentee mom.”

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Jon & Kate Plus 8 Star Kate Gosselin Today Show Interview

Jon & Kate Plus 8 star Kate Gosselin appeared on the Today Show on Monday – still wearing her wedding ring. In the first TV interview since announcing her impending divorce from husband Jon Gosselin, Kate Gosselin told Meredith Viera she was “shocked” by her estranged husband’s behavior.

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Questioned by Meredith Viera about her feelings regarding Jon Gosselin’s alleged girlfriends, Kate Gosselin said, “I was shocked… It is hurtful. It’s very hurtful. To be very honest, the most hurtful part is when his decisions directly affect our children.” Since seperating from Kate Gosselin, Jon Gosselin has been romantically linked to friend Hailey Glassman, Star reporter Kate Major and even one of his eight children’s babysitters, Stephanie Santoro.

In the Today Show interview, Kate Gosselin admitted she still wears her wedding ring, but said it is because she does not want to upset her children by taking it off too soon. Fighting tears throughout the interview, Kate Gosselin denied she was the one responsible for the initial breakup of her marriage, denying statements from Jon Gosselin saying otherwise. When asked if she still loves her soon-to-be ex, Kate Gosselin said simply, “When I think back to the Jon that I knew, yes, suffice it to say.”

Watch the interview below: