It's been three years since Jon and Kate Gosselin split, so is the mom of eight dating again?
In a new interview with Access Hollywood's Michelle Beadle, the reality star-turned-author says she's still flying solo.
"I haven't [dated]," Kate told Michelle with a laugh, when asked if she's dipped her toes back into the dating pool. "It's a hard spot to be in. [Eight children] is a lot to expect from anyone. My kids are great, there's a lot of them, and that's only one factor of a million.
"So, I mean, whatever happens.[If] somebody is brave enough to stick around for some period of time it's probably meant to be," she added.
Kate, a blogger for CouponCabin.com (which sponsored her New York City Rock and Roll 10K run to raise money for cancer research on Saturday), began jogging as a means of relieving stress, and while her stress level hasn't changed, she's learned to change her "reaction" to stress.
"I wouldn't change anything because I have learned so much and I have learned to deal with high amounts of stress at all times and I have learned what's important," she told Michelle. "I have learned that, you know, a juice cup spilled on a table is like, really if that is the worst thing I have to deal with today, I'll take it!"
Adding, "So, really a lot has changed for me and I have grown up. Going through such a public divorce, and feeling like you have to fight for your kids every day and the things that protect them and the things that are important for them has really, really, really made me realize what is important -- and it's them."
Protecting her children is paramount to Kate, and she takes many steps to keep their little eyes from reading endless Internet stories about the demise of their parent's relationship.
In fact, Kate said the kids are "not allowed to Google."
"If they have school projects, I log them into the laptop and I log them out and they're very respectful because they know that stuff is out there," she said. "I remember one time Jon, early on, left a tabloid, a magazine laying around and [daughter] Maddie found it and it devastated her. So, they know that there's ugly stuff out there and I know that someday they'll Google and read it, but I also know how close we are and how they'll be ready for the answers and the truth and the whole, real story someday.
"I'm not afraid of it because I know that I've made only good choices and I'll help them deal with it," she added
-- Erin O'Sullivan
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- Kate Gosselin
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