KATE Gosselin features her son Collin, whom she shares with ex-husband Jon, on the homepage of her website despite years of estrangement and a tumultuous relationship.
The Kate Plus 8 alum, 45, has a sweet — but old — snap of the two of them lovingly looking at one another, even though the duo no longer has contact.
The mom of eight hasn’t updated her website in years, but she still promotes the page on her social media.
The front page of the blog features her 2013 cookbook, Love is in the Mix, with all of Kate’s children posing with her on the cover.
She and Jon had just gotten divorced a few years prior, in 2009, after 20 years of marriage and were in the midst of their nasty custody battle.
Below the book image, Kate highlighted one of her favorite recipes from the project, Collin’s “Thomas” Hummus, which she created with her son of the same name and titled after her kids would refer to the dip as Thomas, instead of hummus.
Just two years after this family cookbook was released and the mother-son recipe was shared, Kate sent Collin to a special needs institution when he was 11, where he stayed for three years.
After Collin’s father learned of his whereabouts, he worked to get him out of the facility, escalating his efforts once he received a heartbreaking letter from his son begging for help.
Jon eventually had Collin removed from the institution and won full custody of the teen.
Collin and Kate are no longer in contact with each other, according to Jon.
Jon claimed, in an exclusive interview with The Sun, that his son will “always” be emotionally “affected” by what his mom did to him.
Jon said: “I think that will always affect him, but that’s something he’s going to have to deal with.”
“Those are things that he will have to move on from now moving forward.
“The past is the past, but he will work through those issues through therapy.
“And these are questions he’s going to have to answer himself, maybe through interviews, through the public or privately.”
Earlier this year, the teen celebrated his 16th birthday by opening up about the “bad times” he had after mom Kate sent him to an institution for years, admitting he’s “struggled” a lot.
As a sextuplet, Collin shared his May birthday with five of his seven siblings, including sister Hannah, who also lives with their dad.
Meanwhile, Aaden, Joel, Alexis and Leah live with their mom.
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