This yard isn't big enough for the both of them. Kate Gosselin couldn't keep her ex-husband, Jon Gosselin, from showing up at the family yard sale on Saturday, Oct. 25, but once he was there, she did everything possible to avoid ending up in any pictures with him.
An onlooker tells Us Weekly that Kate "stayed clear away" from her ex while filming the Kate Plus 8 special set to air on TLC this December. "If he would go anywhere near her, she'd keep her distance," the eyewitness says. "She wouldn't get [close to] Jon because she knows that's what he wants, for those pictures to go everywhere."
As it turns out, the pictures went everywhere anyway — but not because of Jon. Most of the buzz was over Kate's new look: long, straight hair and minimal makeup.
The controversial reality star, 39, posed for several photographs at the yard sale, but mostly with people browsing the wares outside St. John's Church of Christ in Wernersville, Pa., where she and her kids were selling some of their old things. "She was on camera, so she was 'on,'" the observer tells Us. "When she saw [Jon], she of course smiled."
The onlooker adds, "She's very animated with her facial expressions...She's not a stoic person."
She does run a tight ship, though. "She runs that house like a military base," a source tells Us. "She's very organized. She just doesn't crack."
Jon, for his part, has had a rough go of it lately. A different insider told Us earlier this month that the father of eight, 37, was evicted from his home in rural Pennsylvania. "He's broke again," the source said of the former reality star, who shares twins Cara and Mady, 14, and sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel, 10, with his ex.