It’s hard to believe that Kate Gosselin’s kids, who grew up in the limelight as stars of the TLC reality series “Kate Plus 8,” are now entering eighth grade and their senior year of high school. Yep, twins Mady and Cara will graduate high school in 2019, while sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Leah, Joel, Collin and Hannah are in their last year of junior high.
On Aug. 23, proud mom Kate took to Instagram to share a photo of most of her children on their first day back to school, and everyone looks happy and excited to take on the milestone year:
“This was yesterday! Feels like school never ended…and they’re already back! #Senior Year and they’re already back!” she captioned her photo.
Missing from the photo are Collin, who is enrolled in a program away from home for children with special needs, and Hannah. Hannah’s dad — Kate’s ex-husband, Jon Gosselin — says she is currently living with him full-time. On Monday, Aug. 27, Jon shared a photo of Hannah’s first day on his Instagram account with a caption that seems to indicate she’s starting at a new school this year.
Midway through filming season 5 of the reality show that followed their family, then titled “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” the couple announced they were splitting. They divorced in December 2009, and in the years since, they have struggled to co-parent amicably.
The Gosselins had twin daughters, Mady and Cara, on Oct. 8, 2000. Kate has Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which can make it hard to conceive. After undergoing fertility treatments, Kate became pregnant with their sextuplets and gave birth to the couple’s six other kids on May 10, 2004.
Jon recently posted a throwback photo of the six newborns, who were born 10 weeks premature.
This fall, fans will be able to catch up with Kate with the premiere of her new reality show on TLC, “Kate Plus Date,” which will follow her as she looks for love. She stresses that she is not looking for a father figure for her children, but hopes that her eventual partner can be a friend to them.
“I do want someone with a set career, who is confident,” Kate told People of her ideal mate. “A grown-up with their own life, their own agenda, who knows who they are. If someone travels for work, that would be great, because I’m used to being on my own and being self-sufficient.”
What she didn’t mention is that her ideal mate must also be a dog-lover, as Kate owns three and they make frequent appearances in her social media feed.