Interview by Samantha
The following is Part Two of my interview with Jon- we discussed his Christmas plans, New Years resolutions and where he would like to be in ten years. Enjoy.
IW Do you have any projects or anything in the works that you can share with us?
JG I’ve been working on my children’s foundation. Right now I just want to get through my legal battles and settle up stuff. I’m single. I’m friends with Hailey. I don’t know, it’s just a lot easier, there’s so much going on, it’s crazy.
IW For a lot of families this year is their first Christmas after a divorce, what do you anticipate for your family this year?
JG Kate and I will be there together, of course there will probably be a million paparazzi outside. But, you know, we’ll be there together for our kids. We always said we would. This Thanksgiving was weird. I don’t know. We just plan on doing the same old traditional stuff like we’ve done year to year to year. It is kind of weird but we make it work for the kids. We don’t talk about that stuff. I think it’ll only be weird if down the road we re-marry or any of that stuff. Things will obviously change but as of right now, we’ll be together for the kids.
IW Do you have any New Years resolutions for 2010?
JG New Years Resolutions? Ugh. I need to quit smoking, that’s like my major problem. I said after I’m divorced I’ll probably quit, and I probably will. Uhm, I don’t know. It’s so weird because everything is tracked and I’m not doing anything different than any other single guy would do. But I end up in the media, do you understand? It’s like, weird. You know, divorcees date- people date, people go out and do things.
IW Do you wish you had waited till the divorce was final to date?
JG No because I just went ahead. My separation happened so long ago it was ridiculous. But people didn’t know. And I was abused so much at home, it was ridiculous. I mean I wasn’t allowed to do anything. I had to get my freedom back, and my opinion back, and my voice back. It was Kate’s way or no way and we’ve all seen that. It’s documented through years and years of television.
IW Did editing play a part in the way Kate was portrayed?
JG No. The way she is, is way worse. That’s not acting. That’s the way it is. But editing escalated it. Conflict, no resolution. That’s a big problem. What kind of example is that setting for other families?
IW Recently you did a spoof for Funny or Die about the “old” Jon. Do you feel like the Jon of two years ago and the Jon of today are two different people?
JG Oh yeah. Absolutely. Two years ago I was very passive. Personality wise I was very passive and now I’m more – take initiative, stand up. You have to take risks or you’ll never learn anything. I still believe I’m a good father. I spend tons of time with my kids. People think she [Kate] has full custody of them. That’s Bull. We have 50/50 custody, it’s 15 days and 15 days. So whether people believe it or not, that’s what it is. Half the time I’m home, I don’t have a nanny so I don’t leave the house because I can’t. For instance driving 8 kids around if you have to go to the bathroom- you’re not going to the bathroom. You’re not going to get out of the car and leave 8 kids and you’re not going to take 8 kids in the bathroom.
There’s so much that’s happened it’s just unfathomable. Fifty-five tabloid covers in a year, it’s ridiculous. It almost disgusts me to a point. I’m glad you guys had the blog, I used to read it all the time. I never commented obviously. Back in the day Kate and I used to read it.
IW Our site is based on giving ourselves permission to be imperfect but striving to be the best we can. What’s your biggest imperfection?
JG My biggest imperfection? I’m pretty stubborn, my way or no way I guess. That’s from my father. I’m quick to learn though. I guess we all try to be right all the time, that’s a laugh and a half. Some people just don’t like to admit it, do they?
IW The last ten years have been full of so much change- where would you like to be in another ten?
JG In another ten years I’d like to be friends with Kate. In ten years I will have two 19 year olds and six 15 year olds- hopefully I’m alive. Especially, with five teenage girls? I’m like, ugh, I threw up in my mouth right now. It’s scary. You know, just happy and successful and normal- just like what everyone else wishes. Hopefully I’ll be out of the tabloids and I’ll be just a twinkle in someone’s eye, people won’t even remember, hopefully. But who knows?
You can find Part One of this interview here.