Maybe it's just the Halloween vibe or something, but it sounds as though Jon Gosselin is serious about finding his inner peace. Us Magazine reports that the Jon & Kate plus 8 patriarch has recently been consulting a rabbi in order to do so.
In the past, the father of eight has referred to himself as "half-Jewish and half-Korean." At 32 years old, he hasn't quite delved into his roots ever since being thrown into the media spotlight. Now, he's getting his chance, or making sure he does.
The reality star admits that he got his actions led him to be targeted by outrageous stories by the press, banking on every appearance he's made on the small screen. He's hoping that spending time with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach will help him out.
Explaining his recent decision, Jon Gosselin announced, "I am well aware that my behavior over the past few months has not always reflected my personal and religious values. I further accept that I have allowed myself to become somewhat severed from my own moral anchor and be carried away by the challenges of fame."
Jon Gosselin said that he was motivated by the hope of becoming a loving father for his children. Being devoted to his kids was what he learned from his own dad, his "inspiration and moral compass."
The Jon and Kate Plus 8 star went on: "It is for this reason that I have endeavored of late to reconnect with my deeper, more spiritual, more altruistic self with regular study sessions and counseling with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, whose morality-centered-and-values-based advice, coupled with his profound commitment to fatherhood and family, I deeply respect."
In light of this, Jon Gosselin declared that he was ready to apologize for whatever harm he has caused the public. "I have therefore agreed to a forum at New York's West Side Synagogue this Sunday where I intend to publicly apologize in a sacred space to those whom I have hurt."
He even mentioned focusing on Kate and the eight, supporting the family as he tries to support himself. "I ask the public to please understand the challenges I face in living under constant public scrutiny, even as I am aware that I have at times courted that scrutiny," Jon Gosselin said. "I am committed to making things right with Kate and especially my children. I ask you to please give me the opportunity to prove myself."