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It's been over two years since Kate Gosselin's show was canceled, but everyone still seems to have strong opinions about the reality TV mom. Her latest critics? Her twin daughters.
The "Jon & Kate Plus 8" star covers People magazine this week along with eldest children Mady and Cara. And the girls, who turned 13 in October, weren't afraid to share their opinions about mom — as teens are wont to do. But Kate, 38, wasn't their only target. The outspoken pair, who admitted to bratty days when they were on TLC series, also weighed in on dad Jon's dating life and their (sometimes pesky) younger sextuplet siblings.
When asked about their mom, who is doing the majority of their rearing since her bitter divorce from Jon, Mady sounded like a typical teen girl, saying, "She is so annoying." Though Cara was more practical, "But she's annoying on purpose. She does it to bother us."
During a photo shoot for the magazine, the girls — who again said they'd like to return to TV — were highly critical of Kate's wardrobe. Though, for the record, the former nurse, who has eight children, did materialize from the dressing room wearing a crop top.
"I cannot believe how gross that is. Gross. You look gross," one of the twins said about Kate's outfit. Her sister was equally as critical, saying, "Oh, my God, that is the lamest thing I have ever seen. Ew. Ewwww."
Jon, who left Kate while they were co-starring on their TLC series and embarked on several high-profile relationships, didn't get off easy either.
"The stuff I remember now is stuff I didn't really see anything wrong with at the time," Mady said about her parents' behavior at the height of their divorce. "Now I look back, I can see, 'Oh that wasn't a really good thing.' Like girlfriends. Lots of girlfriends. Like, maybe that wasn't so normal to have someone new, like, every week."
Cara piped in, "Every day. Every minute. Every second."
The girls still see Jon, 36, on weekends and for dinner during the week, but his relationship with their mother remains frosty after he said that his children suffer from development issues. And just last month, Jon, who also made headlines after waving a gun at a trespassing paparazzo, called Kate an "a--hole' in an interview with Philadelphia magazine.
Jon also appears in this week's In Touch magazine and blasts his ex. He said Kate uses their children "as her props" which is "unfair to them," while he works "really hard to keep my kids safe." And he doesn't want them returning to reality TV, because, “I don't think being on TV is good for kids. A lot of them do not want to film and they come to me and tell me that. It's upsetting and I think it's embarrassing for them."
In the People story, the twins even shared their uncensored take on their younger siblings — Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel, and Leah — who are now 9.
"Having six siblings show up all at once, that's the big deal in our life," said Mady. "And their messes, and their being annoying. I mean I love them but … yeesh." She went on to describe Alexis as "rabid" and "a wild animal."
However, despite the tough talk, the girls insist they are just normal kids. (And, frankly, they sound like pretty normal kids, don't they?)
"People expect us to be damaged," Cara said. "People think we're supposed to be messed up, like, 'Oooooh, the poor Gosselin kids, they're going to be scarred for life, waaaaah,'" added Mady. "Here's the big news: we're not messed up." Cara added, "It's so false. We're fine. We're better than ever, actually."
Kate echoed that sentiment, saying, "I wish they were a little more innocent in some ways, [but] they're savvy, and they've learned things about the world and peoples intentions that took me decades to learn. They're more aware of their surroundings and can size you up with a glance. They're nobody's fools." v And when Kate wasn't around, the girls even had some nice words for her as well.
"Honestly? Our mom is the best," Cara said when the one-time "Dancing With the Stars" contestant was out of earshot. "She wants us to have everything and she fights for that, and I love her for it."
Mady added, "My mom is fantastic. She's a better parent than anyone realizes."
With her hands full at home for sure.