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