The patriarch of eight saw his twins Mady and Cara for their 9th birthdays at their Pennsylvania home on Thursday without having to cut short the visit as he had originally feared.
“I’m staying until the kids go to bed,” he said during a break in the visit. “We’re trying to be cordial for Mady and Cara.”
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Jon, 32, arrived at the celebration with a vanilla cake from New York’s upscale Cupcake Café that had his daughter’s name misspelled “Maddy” with an extra “d.”
The store’s Ann Warren says the cake was ordered over the telephone by an entertainment show – she couldn’t remember the name, only that it was “Entertainment something” – for Jon to pick up, and that the woman caller spelled out the name.
The woman asked if it would be all right for people to film inside the bakery, and Warren said that would not be a problem. There were paparazzi and camera crews waiting when Jon got there. He looked at different cupcakes, but then Warren brought down the cake she had decorated. Jon seemed genuinely surprised, according to Warren.
The birthday visit marked a brief respite in the war between the reality TV couple now in the midst of a bitter divorce. On Wednesday, Jon had accused Kate of trying to change plans they had worked out to spend the birthday together by insisting that he only spend two hours in the late afternoon and early evening with the kids.
“She’s trying to prevent me from seeing my kids on their birthday because she doesn’t want to see me,” he said, insisting that, because it is still his home, he would stay as long as he wanted.
In other Gosselin news, a court hearing over the couple’s financial dispute – on reportedly took $230,000 from a joint account without his wife’s permission – was postponed due to the death of the judge’s wife, and has not yet been rescheduled, says Jon’s lawyer, Mark Heller.
• Additional reporting by JOYCE CHEN