Jon and Kate Gosselin’s son Collin, 16, admits he’s had ‘bad times’ after estranged mom ‘sent him to an institution’ – The Sun

COLLIN Gosselin celebrated his birthday by opening up about the “bad times” he had after mom Kate sent him to an institution for years.

The former reality star, who now lives with his dad Jon, turned 16 on Sunday, the same day as Mother’s Day, and marked the milestone by admitting he’s “struggled” a lot over the past year.

He revealed he’s had a lot of ups and downs, amid his estrangement from his Kate Plus 8 mom, but is ready to move forward.

Collin shared: “I have so much gratitude towards the fact that I’ve lived another great year of my life, and even more gratitude towards those who have made it a great reality.

“To my amazing friends and family, I love you guys so much and can’t express how happy I am to have taken on my 16th year as a struggle or a party, but regardless a good year with you guys.

He continued: “We’ve had good times and bad, we’ve strived and thrived, but regardless we always make up and love each other even more.”

Ending the post, he shared he’s getting ready to drive and will be taking his permit test later this week.

As a sextuplet, Collin shares his birthday with five of his seven siblings, including sister Hannah, who also lives with their dad.

Meanwhile, Aaden, Joel, Alexis and Leah live with their mom.

Collin and Kate are no longer in contact with each other after she placed him in a special needs facility for years, before his dad removed him from the institution and won sole custody of the teenager, according to Jon.

With reportedly no relationship with his birth mother, Collin turned to the mother figure in his life — Jon’s girlfriend, Colleen — when it came time to celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday.

He shared a smiling selfie of the two of them, along with a sweet note about how much she means to him.

Collin wrote: “I don’t think mother can describe all the things Colleen has done for me… it’s the best feeling when your mother or mother figure is one of your best friends and always has your back.

“…I could call it Mother’s Day, but it’s more than that, Colleen, you are so much more than a mother to me, you are one of my guidelines and one of my guiding lights.

He added: “Thank you doesn’t say enough, I love you so much and you’ve done so much for me that claims you my strong, happy, loving an awesome mother figure.

“You’re irreplaceable. Thank you so much Colleen love you so much!!!”

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Jon, who finalized his divorce from Kate in 2009, claimed Collin will “always” be emotionally “affected” after Kate sent him to a special needs institution when he was 11, where he stayed for three years.

Jon said: "I think that will always affect him, but that's something he's going to have to deal with."

"Those are things that he will have to move on from now moving forward.

"The past is the past, but he will work through those issues through therapy.

"And these are questions he's going to have to answer himself, maybe through interviews, through the public or privately.”

After Collin’s father learned of his whereabouts, he worked to get him out of the facility, escalating his efforts once he received a heartbreaking letter from his son begging for help.

Jon eventually had Collin removed from the institution and won full custody of the teen.

Jon told The Sun: "As he grows and matures as a young man and as an adult, I'm going to leave it up to him and his therapist and his team on how he wants to handle his issues.

"And how he wants to handle interacting with his mother moving forward.

“…So I think it's important for him to decide for himself how he wants to forgive or forget or anything like that. That's really part of his healing process."

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