Jon Gosselin has once again attacked his ex-wife for being a terrible mother.
On its own, such an attack would scarcely be news; Jon has been doing this for about a decade.
But the details of this verbal assault are different from his many past ones, most notably because they appear to be backed up by son Collin.
The 15-year old was away from his family for many years due to what mother Kate Gosselin would simply refer to as "special needs."
Toward the very end of 2018, Jon took the teenager out of Fairmont Behavioral Health Institute and Collin has been living with his father ever since.
For the very first time, meanwhile, we're now learning about the details behind Collin's estrangement from his family -- and they are quite disturbing.
“Dear Dad, I’m not trying to trick you, but I still love you,” Collin wrote in a June 2017 letter obtained by DailyMailTV this week.
The letter continues as follows:
“I told Mom I want to live with you, she said no. But right? She can’t choose for me. I’m old enough now, I’m YOUR son, not hers.
"She was abusive to me after I left your house. I’m sorry. Take this to court because … you’re my dad, my savior.”
The message does not explain exactly how Kate was allegedly abusive toward Collin.
But the letter was reportedly leaked by Collin’s roommate, and it concluded:
“Please help me and let me meet Colleen [Conrad, Jon’s girlfriend]. I’m counting on you to get me out of here. Daddy, I love you. save me. Please come FAST. I love you. Help me. BYE."
Jon himself then spoke to DailyMailTV and took maybe his harshest swipes ever at his ex-wife.
Which is saying a ton, considering all the ways Jon has trashed Kate in the past.
He said Collin had spent three years “caged” in the special needs institution despite only being diagnosed with ADHD, telling the outlet:
“Kate … couldn’t deal with him. He was alone for three and a half years with no parents, all alone. It was inhumane."
After Jon received this troubling letter -- written in crayon from his son -- he “raised the money to get a lawyer and went through the courts to get joint legal custody” only to have Collin moved to another institution five hours away in Pittsburgh, he explains:
“I’d drive out to Pittsburgh to visit him as much as I could and eventually it progressed to overnight stays before he was finally released into my custody."
Over the years, fans certainly noticed that Collin was not included in family photos with his siblings.
Any time the subject was raised, Kate would not elaborate beyond the aforementioned description of Collin having "special needs," saying this to People Magazine in 2016:
[There's] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. This has been a struggle we've had for a very long time, and it's one I've dealt with on my own.
She and Jon divorced in 2009 after rising to fame on a TLC reality show that chronicled their lives as the parents of both twins and sextuplets.
“It’s time America found out the truth about Kate, she isn’t the person you think she is,” Jon said of the reality star mom, who now has her own reality show titled Kate Plus Date.
Jon won temporary custody of Collin in December 2018 after Kate no-showed a hearing to determine the future of her son.
She has reportedly severed all ties from Collin, who lives with Jon these days in Pennsylvania. (His sister, Hannah, also lives with her dad, who remains very distant from his other six children.)
“I know my children have suffered abuse and I know one day they’re going to tell their own story,’ Jon told DailyMail TV. “And sadly enough, I know what PTSD is. It’s really upsetting.”
According to DHS documents seen by DailyMailTV, numerous allegations of suspected child abuse against Kate were investigated.
However, the agency ultimately had determined the reports were unfounded due to a lack of evidence.
“I think Kate has really poisoned my children’s minds against me,” Jon says of why never talks to three-quarters of his kids, adding:
“She’s put stuff in their minds about my personality. I never cheated on my wife, I’m not a monster, I love my children more than anything...
“I brought Collin home. He’s a great kid. I want the family unit together, I even want to co-parent.”
As for why Jon is finally speaking out now?
He signed a 10-year gag order as part of his divorce settlement -- and those 10 years are now up.
“There’s a lot of stuff I want to dispel, there’s a lot of untruths,” Jon concludes
“I have watched my children suffer and I have not been able to say a word. Kate wanted the gag order because she didn’t want me speaking the truth.
“I know everything. I lived it with her and without her. So I know every single thing that has transpired and what has been portrayed to the American public, it’s not all true."