Jon Gosselin: From TV Stardom to Waiting Tables
The former reality star reveals he's now living in a cabin in the Pennsylvania woods and waiting tables to make ends meet
Jon Gosselin admits he was “nervous” when he began waiting tables at the Black Dog restaurant in Beckersville, Pa.
Just a few years ago, he’d been on top of the world, starring in the top-rated TLC reality show, Jon & Kate Plus 8 and co-writing a New York Times bestseller, but a messy divorce in 2009 ended all that.
While his ex-wife Kate and their eight kids remained in the couple’s $1.3 million Pennsylvania home, he moved out, and admits in a new interview with Entertainment Tonight that it’s been “next to near impossible to find work.”
Now Gosselin’s gone from partying on yachts in the south of France to living in a cabin in the woods with no internet and no TV. And after hitting rock bottom “like 20 times,” he took a job as a waiter.
“At first I was nervous because I was like, ‘How are people going to react?’ ” Gosselin, 36, admits. “But then I’m thinking, ‘Well, it’s fun and I get to talk to people.’ And they technically already know me they’re like, ‘Are you the guy?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, I’m the guy.’ ”
Gosselin – who’s being sued by his ex-wife, Kate, for allegedly hacking into her computer and phone to gather material for a 2012 tell-all Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World – insists that he isn’t struggling to make ends meet and while he’s not partying like a rock star anymore, he has no regrets.
“I don’t regret anything,” he says. “You learn from your mistakes. That’s what builds you to who you are today.”