Jon admits “poor judgment” about going to a bar with a woman while Kate’s on her book tour

After being photographed early this morning leaving a bar with a younger woman who was not his wife, Jon & Kate Plus Eight‘s Jon Gosselin has issued a statement apologizing and saying he showed “poor judgment” in going to a bar with “friends” while his wife is on her book tour promoting Eight Little Faces: A Mom’s Journey. Earlier this spring, Jon, who’s 32, was spotted playing beer pong with female athletes at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.

Today, Us Weekly published a photo of Jon in the passenger seat of a car with someone the magazine called “a mystery woman he referred to as ‘babe.'” They’d just left the Legends Lounge in Pennsylvania, and Jon told Us that he went there to “speak to the owner. A friend of mine wanted to check out my car, so I let her drive it to her car.” Right.

Jon later issued a different statement to the press:

“Like most people, I have male and female friends and I’m not going to end my friendships just because I’m on TV. However, being out with them late at night showed poor judgment on my part. What makes me sick is that my careless behavior has put my family in this uncomfortable position. My family is the most important thing in my life and it kills me that these allegations have hurt them.”

And in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said, “The paparazzi thing and public eye, I don’t like it at all. I don’t mind taking fan pictures and stuff like that, but it’s strange to me. I moved back here to be away from that all, we’re in the middle of the country, and now they’re here taking pictures, whatever. Everywhere.”

After selling your family and your lives to be turned into televised entertainment, you’re in the public eye. How completely tragic and unexpected.

Jon and Kate Dad: “I Showed Poor Judgment” [Us Weekly]
‘Jon & Kate': Jon Gosselin says photo of him with another woman ‘showed poor judgment on my part’ [Entertainment Weekly]

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