For a while in the early 2000s, the Gosselins were one of the most famous families in America.
Jon and Kate Gosselin were the focus of the media when they became parents to sextuplets, Aaden, Collin, Joel, Alexis, Hannah and Leah. The couple already had twin daughters, Cara and Madelyn.
They initially appeared on the NBC reality TV show Home Delivery and on Discovery Health's Surviving Sextuplets and Twins. Their episodes brought in high ratings and shortly after, they signed on for their own reality TV show titled Jon & Kate Plus 8.
Cameras followed Jon and Kate as they adjust to life with eight very young children. At first, it all seemed to pan out as expected, but then things took a turn.
After 10 years of marriage, Jon and Kate divorced, but their split was far from amicable. The longer their feud went on, the more skeletons fell out of their closets.
Many fans later realized that the personas the couple tried to portray on the show were far from reality. From cheating and abuse allegations, to firing a gun at a trespasser, there are a lot of secrets the Gosselins kept hidden at the height of their fame.
1. Jon and Kate were forced to pretend they weren't separated
As the seasons went on, viewers started to pick up on the tension between Jon and Kate. Many fans were convinced that their strained relationship was caused by the stress of raising eight children, but that wasn't the whole truth.
According to multiple reports that surfaced after the couple parted ways, Jon and Kate had already been separated a while before making the news public.
They were reportedly sleeping in different bedrooms and constantly fighting when the cameras weren't rolling. It was the executives at TLC that forced them to pretend they were still happily married because being a family was their show's main appeal, and once that was no longer the case, they believed viewership would decline.
Jon and Kate kept up the pretense until Kate's brother spilled the beans to the media.
2. Jon cheated on Kate's birthday
Although it wasn't addressed on the show, Jon's cheating was one of the main reasons why his marriage fell apart.
In the final season of Jon & Kate Plus 8, tension was at all time high when Kate was forced to spend her birthday alone, while Jon went on a ski trip to Park City, Utah.
The 2009 episode showed Jon skating with developmentally challenged children, but it was later revealed that the reality star was actually joined by 23-year-old schoolteacher Deanna Hummel, and the pair looked very cozy with each other.
Both parties denied the allegations, but Us Weekly eventually published photos that clearly showed Jon and Deanna spending time together at the ski resort.
3. They tried to get out of a $10,000 therapy bill
As dysfunctional as their relationship is now, Jon and Kate once loved each other, and did try to salvage their marriage.
They took part in a number of marriage counselling sessions, but once the fees started to add up, Kate reportedly decided she no longer wanted to participate.
The therapist, who had to fly between Pennsylvania and California multiple times to offer her services to the reality TV couple, ended up suing Kate for not paying her.
Thanks to a court order, the mom-of-eight was eventually forced to pay up a total $10,300.
4. Kate had a "rule book" for her staff
Kate has a reputation of being very difficult to work with. The staff who worked in the Gosselin household revealed that she had a set of strict rules that everyone had to abide by.
She reportedly had her employees, including cleaners and nannies, on call 24 hours a day. Nobody was allowed to vacuum during certain hours, shut doors too loudly, or place purses on the floor or countertops. Kate also expected everyone to walk with light feet.
"She was condescending and always put me down. She never let anything slide," a former employee told Radar. "It was a total pain…[I quit because] it was just too much."
In a addition to taking care of the children, her nannies were tasked with household chores, taking care of the pets, maintaining the chicken coop, and even landscaping.
Even her former Dancing With The Stars partner, Tony Dovoloni, echoed these unpleasant sentiments.
“Some of these celebrities, or reality celebrities, I should say, they sometimes … they have an idea of what they think they are and who they are, and they didn’t realize that I wasn’t there to deal with them," explained the professional dancer. "I was there to teach them how to dance. So, when it becomes about other than teaching them how to dance, I want no part of it."
The facts only get crazier from here...