Jon and Kate Gosselin’s oldest children are now adults!
The twins, Cara and Madelyn, celebrated their 18th birthday on October 8.
Cara and Mady and their famous sextuplet siblings were introduced to the world through their parents’ reality show when Jon & Kate Plus 8 premiered. The show debuted in 2007 following extreme interest in two hour-long specials about the family that aired on Discovery Health Channel. Jon left the show in 2009 following his divorce from Kate.
In the years following, Kate and her children continued to film what was then called Kate Plus 8. Due to changes over the years, legal issues between the former spouses, and concerns over the children’s well-being, filming of the show tapered off, although specials are sometimes aired.
It’s hard to imagine how different the dynamic must be now from what it was at the beginning, with the children having their own lives and interests outside of their family and the show.
Although we don’t see as much of the Gosselin children these days, they are still near and dear to the hearts of many who watched them grow up over the years. Both Jon and Kate posted well-wishes for their oldest children on Instagram in celebration of their special milestone birthday.
Jon and Kate were married in 1999. The couple began fertility treatments shortly after getting married, as Kate was unable to conceive naturally due to having polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
They welcomed twins Cara and Madelyn on October 8, 2000.
Looking to add another child to the family, the Gosselins began fertility treatments again. Jon and Kate were shocked to find out she was pregnant with sextuplets.
Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel were born in 2004.
Jon and Kate were approached to film a Discovery Health Channel special about their unusually large family. Surviving Sextuplets and Twins and its follow-up, One Year Later, drew an enormous audience.
As a result of the success of the specials, the family was offered their own reality show. Jon & Kate Plus 8 premiered in 2007, and people were quickly hooked on following the massive family.
Following Jon and Kate’s 2009 divorce, filming became sporadic. As Jon and Kate fought for custody of their children, things got ugly, and tabloid rumors were rampant.
Recent reports indicate that one of the sextuplets, Hannah, lives with Jon at this time. The rest of the children are in Kate’s care, although she’s come under fire for sending son Collin to live at a program for children with special needs.
Kate has encouraged Cara and Mady to speak out about their lives in public to reassure concerned people that they are well cared for and not being made to do anything against their will.
The twins have shied away from speaking out on those matters, but they’ve been more outspoken about their estrangement from their father.
Jon posted this simple message to wish his twins a happy birthday. They’ve been estranged for several years.
Kate posted photos of the family’s preparation for the special occasion, along with a heartfelt caption with well-wishes for her girls.
“There are no words to describe how proud I am of you both. Despite the many turbulent times you’ve had to deal with so far in life, you have emerged as wise, level-headed, reasonable, forgiving, loving, kind and absolutely brilliant ADULTS!” Kate wrote.
Kate continued by writing: “I can say that I’ve poured endless love into you and fought tooth and nail for the best for you, but I cannot possibly take credit for the truly wonderful humans (adult humans!) you have become! You will thrive in life, I am certain, and I will still be with you every step of the way going forward, continuing to guide you and love you😘😘.”
Fans were happy to see an update on the twins.
Many were also totally stunned by how grown up the girls look in another photo Kate shared of the twins during their birthday celebration.
Check out the sweet birthday photo:
Mady and Cara even have their own Instagram accounts, though only Mady’s is public.
Happy birthday to both of them!