Kate Gosselin is speaking out against bullying online and revealing the "deep scars" caused by some of the cruel comments people have made about her.
The mother of eight opened up to BullyVille in a piece titled “My Experience with Real Life and Internet Bullying.” It's about ... well, peeps bullying her.
Kate Gosselin says she was tormented in middle school, then again in recent years with “adult bullying.” Kate says simply, “I’ve been bullied. A lot."
“Most of my memories are made up of confusing emotional struggles to figure out who I was and where I fit in," says the former spouse of Jon Gosselin.
"I was definitely bullied back then and the cruel comments and mean displays are memories that have left deep scars that remain with me til this day."
"Bullying made me feel insecure, alone, ugly, powerless, and hopeless at times.”
She calls this a “horrible disease” with no cure and says bullying via the Internet became very evident after her family gained fame on Jon and Kate Plus 8.
“When my life became very public in 2006 with the airing of our show ... I was honestly surprised that ‘adult bullying’ via the Internet existed,” Kate says.
“I am a positive person by nature and the fact that people flock to the Internet to make ugly, hurtful, untrue comments about myself and my family shocked me!”
Kate says she tries to tune out the “haters” and/or turn their bullying ways around by channeling that negativity into motivation to succeed in life.
“I ignore most of the hate and lies," she insists. "Since bullies come from a place of jealousy, I try not to let any of their vile dangerous words permeate me.”
"I have better things to do. I have eight wonderful children who need a mother to show them the love and support that surrounds them, not retaliation and bitterness."
“I use my haters as my motivators. If they say I can’t do it, rest assured I WILL do it. And I won’t stop until I’ve succeeded in achieving any given goal."
What do you think of Kate's comments? Have people been too hard on her? Or is she ignoring the fact that her own actions were public and justly criticized?