The struggling couple gives separate interviews, plus footage of the sextuplets' birthday

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For the first time since their TLC show Jon and Kate Plus Eight began filming in 2006, Jon and Kate Gosselin taped their usually joint interviews separately, according to a sneak preview of the new season.

The couple – shown together at their sextuplets’ fifth birthday party – talk individually about their love for their children and Jon addresses their marital difficulties.

“Kate and I have been going through a lot of stuff and discussing what’s best for our kids,” says Jon, barely filling the couple’s love seat. “What’d we say from the beginning? ‘It’s a crazy life, but it’s our life.’ That’s so true.” Adds Kate: “My kids are the reason I have always done everything.”

The fifth season opener premieres on May 25 – will you tune in?