Kate Gosselin, who stars in the hit reality show "Jon and Kate Plus 8," is horrified by tabloid accusations of infidelity but acknowledges that her marriage is in trouble, People magazine told "Good Morning America" today.
"Kate's very clear on what has and has not happened," People magazine's Kate Coyne said. "For starters, she's adamant that she has in no way been unfaithful, that the allegations that she's had an affair are horrifying to her. And she's also very honest about the fact that she and her husband have hit a serious rough patch, and they've been struggling for a while."
Both Jon and Kate Gosselin are battling accusations of infidelity and serious marital problems, the tabloids have reported.
This week the Gosselins' own family has joined the chorus of criticism of the TV couple. Kate Gosselin's brother told Radar Online that the relationship has been effectively over for some time.
"Kate came to Jon and said, effectively, it's over," Kevin Kreider said. "I don't think typically I would say this, but they're showing America that it's a thriving family. And it's not what they're living."
In the weeks leading up to the season premiere, Jon and Kate Gosselin have appeared repeatedly on covers of celebrity magazines with reports that they have cheated on each other and that their nearly 10-year marriage is on the rocks.
Is the timing a coincidence or a publicity ploy?
One thing is for sure: The controversy is likely to boost attention and ratings for the couple's TLC show. When season five premieres May 25, viewers will tune in to see if the Gosselins, parents of 8-year-old twin girls and 5-year-old sextuplets, address their offscreen troubles on the show.
There's a chance they may. On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the first episode was not yet in the can, as producers tried to figure out how to incorporate the latest headlines into the show.
"We are in production for season five and moving forward as planned, while fully supporting the family and respecting their needs as they work through this challenging time," a TLC spokeswoman, Laurie Goldberg, said in a statement to ABCNews.com. "This show has always been about a real family dealing with real-life situations, and that will continue to be the case for the new season."
Fortunately for the show's producers, the Gosselins' current real-life situation happens to be of the headline-grabbing kind.
It started two weeks ago with Us Weekly reporting that Jon Gosselin had been in a three-month affair with 23-year-old school teacher Deanna Hummell. The magazine ran a photo of Gosselin sitting in the passenger seat of a car with Hummell behind the wheel.
He denied he was having an affair to Entertainment Weekly.
This week, Us Weekly reports that Kate Gosselin has grown suspiciously close to her bodyguard, Steve Neild, and Jon Gosselin has threatened to have her followed by a private investigator.
Kate Gosselin told People magazine in its cover story this week that she was "horrified" by suggestions she was having an affair with Neild.
She did reveal, however, that her marriage is in trouble and has been for a while.
"I don't know that we're in the same place anymore, that we want the same thing," Kate Gosselin said of her relationship with her husband.
But the marriage is not over yet.
"I will never give up hope that every member of our family can be absolutely happy again," she told People.