Three years after making headlines when he split from then wife and mother of his 11-year-old twins Cara and Mady and 8-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel, Jon Gosselin claims that he and his ex-wife Kate Gosselin are at a good point in their rocky relationship– and he’s sorry for the way he behaved post-split.
“I am sorry, because I did stuff I wouldn’t want done to me,” he tells PEOPLE, referring to the steady stream of women he dated after their split.
“I was passive-aggressive,” he recalls of their marriage. “Then I’d get mad, but I was the one who wasn’t communicating.”
But now, he says, times have changed, especially when it comes to the kids.
“I’ll call [Kate] up and say, ‘Mady’s sick. What do I do?’ And she’ll tell me,” he says. “She’s a great Mom. We just have different parenting styles.”
“I used to talk to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (Michael Jackson‘s rabbi) a lot when I lived in New York,” Jon – who moved back to Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2011 after two years of bouncing around the country – says. “He said, ‘There are two things you can do with your fame – sell out or take it and use it for good.’ I didn’t grasp that at the time.”
“I’ve been offered a lot of stuff,” he says. “Crazy stuff. It wasn’t the right fit, then or now. I don’t want [my kids] thinking I take every show just to make a buck.”
Jon, 35, recently took a new job as director of sales and promotions for Gameface Int. and has started dating single mom Liz Jannetta, 27.