Kate Gosselin

Jon & Kate's eight have been "acting out" in the wake of their parents' contentious divorce and legal battles, Kate Gosselin says.

"I'm trying to give them the grace to see, if they're acting out of line, I'm trying to look deeper into why that is," she told VanityFair.com. "Why the kids are acting out. Cause it's all inter-related. I mean, they don't see it, but it's all interconnected."

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The children all miss their father, who splits his time between New York City and their Pennsylvania home. "They say they miss him," Gosselin said. "I imagine they say the same thing when I'm away."

Exacerbating matters is the fact that production has been shut down on their TLC show after Jon Gosselin forbade the filming of his children. The suspension in filming left the kids "wailing and sobbing," Kate Gosselin said on the Today show two weeks ago.

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Meanwhile, fellow mom-of-multiples, Nadya Suleman, expressed sympathy for Kate, wishing that "everyone would leave her alone."

She also digs the octodad. "I kind of have a crush on Jon Gosselin," the mother of 14 told Radar Online. "I think he's hot."