Natalie Stone
December 14, 2016 11:00 PM

Kate Gosselin has been in the public eye throughout the past decade, but she admits that false tabloid rumors still take a toll on her.

In a sneak peek at Thursday’s episode of The Dr. Oz Show. the Kate Plus 8 star opens up about the negative impact the tabloids have had on her life — and her physical well-being.

“I could live my whole life without them. I’m a very visual person, so your emotional and psychological energy, like, I do actually, picture it as like a barrel of energy, this stuff just eats — it drags you down. It eats away at you. It drains your physical energy,” the mother of eight tells the daytime talk show host about the power of negative tabloid reports.

In the time since Gosselin and her ex-husband first made their debut on TLC reality series Jon & Kate Plus 8 in April 2007, the couple’s life and failed marriage have been at the center of national news. But although Gosselin says she is upset with the negative image that she believes the tabloids have perpetuated about her, what “angers her even more” is the impact it has on her eight children.

“It’s probably the most difficult part because I could sit here and do every talk show and every news show every day for the rest of my life and what’s so upsetting is that there’s still going to be a percentage of people that still can’t tell the true me from the tabloid picture they’ve created. And that angers me and that angers me even more when it affects my children and it talks about them,” Gosselin, 41, says.

The TLC personality, who lives with her children in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, divorced from Jon in 2009 and admits that “being on TV is not easy.” Still, what she inspires to teach her children is how to positively respond to difficult situations that are out of her control.

“I mess up, yet it’s out of love for my kids that I say, ‘whooo, I messed up.’ I need to get better at that. I mean, my life is my kids and there just wouldn’t be Kate Gosselin if it wasn’t for my kids. Everything I do for them. I mean, being on TV is not easy. Having tabloids written about you constantly is not easy,” Kate says, and adds of her ex-husband, “Having an ex-husband who doesn’t see the value in uplifting his children and his family, whether he chooses to be on the show or not, is extremely difficult. But I can’t change those things. All I can change is me and my response and what I teach my children about it.”

Gosselin will appear on The Dr. Oz Show on Dec. 15 (check local listings).

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