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Despite her career as an author and reality-TV personality, Kate Gosselin says being a mother of eight is her main priority.

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"I am a mother first. I will always be a mother and I would die for my kids if need be," Gosselin said on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show, in an interview to air Wednesday. "I would never put them in a situation that was dangerous or unsafe for them, and like any mother... my focus is not what trip I can go on or what shows I can do as a result of this thing. This is my job. This is my paycheck and so this is what I do."

Gosselin also discussed how being "targeted and torn apart" by the paparazzi has left her fearful of moving forward with her personal life. "I just ignore [the tabloids] to the best of my ability — other than the 18 cars that follow me around," she said. "I'm not thinking about [dating], but the thought has crossed my mind at some point it's going to be scrutinized."

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Gosselin added that she hopes to replace her wedding ring, which she no longer wears.

"I'm very into symbolism, and I found a ring that had eight little diamonds surrounded by mother of pearl, me and the kids," she said.