Kate Gosselin’s Twins: “We’re Not Messed Up”

The world was first introduced to Kate Gosselin, her then husband Jon Gosselin, and their eight children in 2006. Seven years after Jon and Kate Plus 8 premiered, 13-year-old twins Cara and Mady are opening up about growing up in the spotlight and life after their parents’ divorce — spurred by their father Jon’s alleged affair with a school teacher.

“People expect us to be damaged,” Cara tells PEOPLE.

“People think we’re supposed to be messed up, like, ‘Oooooh, the poor Gosselin kids, they’re going to be scarred for life, waaaaah,'” adds Mady, who is younger than her twin by six minutes. “Here’s the big news: we’re not messed up.”

Cara concurs: “It’s so false. We’re fine. We’re better than ever, actually.”

The twins – plus their 9-year-old sextuplet siblings – stopped filming Kate Plus 8 in 2011. How is Kate, 38, as a mom these days? “She is so annoying!” Mady shouts.

Cara adds that their mom is “annoying on purpose. Like, she does it just to bother us.”

“Like, she says ‘spensive,” Mady says. “I’m like, ‘Mom, it’s expensive. ‘Spensive isn’t a word! Stop it!'” Cara agrees and adds, “She totally does that just to annoy us.”

Kate weighs in on her non-messed-up twin daughters.

“I wish they were a little more innocent in some ways,” Kate says, but admits, “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.”

For much more from Kate and the twins, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

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  1. Idk why but I was uncomfortable reading just the snip its of their interview, don’t think I’ll read the whole thing inside the magazine. Children shouldn’t be asked questions about how their parents are to them and especially not answer to teacher affair allegations!

  2. I agree. They may not feel messed up but a lot of these issues don’t start hitting you until much later in life. I don’t think they’ll be messed up from the “fame” but from the divorce and how their parents treat each other publicly. I remember when the few times I did watch the show how annoying Mady was and she still seems the same way in this interview.
    But I agree with the others. No child should be exploited to answer questions in the magazine. It’s like Kate set out to make sure her children let the world know what’s really going on. Why put yourself back in the public eye? Time to rest Kate. Your 15 min of fame is up.

  3. this article also makes me feel uncomfortable. I am not sure how Kate expected her children to remain ‘innocent’ when she put them into the public arena as babies and are now at an age where they can access the seemingly never-ending drama between their parents dragging out in the media.

    I can’t imagine the amount of resources it must take to raise eight children, but surely the trade-off shouldn’t be a continued violation of privacy and (possibly) parental alienation.

  4. Clearly you’re ALL screwed up! Of course you’re not going to go on a magazine cover and admit it….DUH …

  5. Another attempt by Kate to garner attention for herself. Does she really think that people care what happens with her family anymore? Her show has been off the air for multiple years now and they are no longer relevant.

    • You can keep shouting that from the rooftops, it doesn’t make it so.

      Magazine distributors are not stupid, they put people on the cover that the general public *wants* to read about. Maybe not you, maybe not me, but make no mistake, there ARE people who are interested in their lives.

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