Jon & Kate Plus 8's Kate Gosselin says being stalked by paparazzi is "hell," and she feels the pain of celebrities who deal with it constantly.
"Before this, I'd never stood on line at the grocery store, looked at the people on the cover of magazines, and thought about what they're going through," Gosselin told People. "I'd never thought, 'This is totally doing them in.' But now, I understand what they live with: Everywhere you go you're being stalked, you're being followed — it's hell, on the cover of a magazine."
Us magazine's recent cover features old and new shots of Gosselin, with a headline reading, "Mom to Monster." The magazine reports that the mother of eight has fired 40 staffers in three months.
"It's so scary," Gosselin told People of what some media outlets will do to get stories on her family. "It's like one of those movies where you have to change your identity and go underground. I've been saying, 'Let's find a country where our show doesn't air, and let's just go there until this all dies.' I have to laugh about this, or else I'll cry. It's a matter of, when will they stop?"
While Kate and her husband Jon have been making headlines for weeks, she says she will do everything she can to shield her kids.
"I don't want them dragged into this. It kills me," Gosselin said. "My children are important. My attitude is important. My marriage is important, and though I don't know where that's going right now, I know I can definitely choose my attitude. And I know that I will never give up, I will not stop, I will not fail my kids. Everything else I can't control, I'm just going to have to learn to live with it."