“Got a new cut and I’m doing better than ever🤙🏼🤘🏼,” Collin, 16, captioned a selfie on Instagram on Sunday, September 6. “Life is too great to not enjoy! #livelikeitsyourlastday.”
Jon, 43, removed Collin from Fairmont Behavioral Health Institute after his son begged for help in a June 2017 letter obtained by Daily MailTV.
“I told Mom I want to live with you, she said no. But right? She can’t choose for me. I’m old enough now, I’m YOUR son, not hers. She was abusive to me after I left your house. I’m sorry. Take this to court because … you’re my dad, my savior,” Collin wrote in the letter, which his roommate reportedly smuggled out of the institution for special needs kids that Kate sent him to in 2016. “I’m counting on you to get me out of here. Daddy, I love you. Save me. Please come FAST. I love you. Help me. BYE.”
Jon went to court to fight for his son and was awarded sole legal and physical custody of Collin in December 2018 after Kate, 45, and her lawyer did not show up in court.
Collin, who Jon says has ADHD, now lives in Pennsylvania with his dad and sister Hannah, also 16.
Jon and Kate split in 2009 after a decade of marriage and the Kate Plus 8 star was granted full legal custody and shared physical custody of their sextuplets Collin, Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel and Aaden, and twins Cara and Mady, now 19.
Jon revealed in an interview on the “First Class Fatherhood” podcast in February that Kate has “no contact” with Collin.
“Right now, it’s very tumultuous pretty much because there’s no contact between Collin and his other siblings,” the Pennsylvania native claimed. “There’s contact between Hannah and the other siblings, [but not with Collin].”
He added that he was trying to “get family therapy” because “we have parent alienation and sibling alienation.”
Jon recently vacationed in Florida with his girlfriend, Colleen Conrad, and his two kids and frequently shares happy snaps on social media.
Collin has developed a close bond with Conrad, giving her a shout-out in May for Mother’s Day.
“I don’t think mother can describe all the things Colleen has done for me,” Collin wrote in an Instagram post. “Yes a mother clothes her children and cooks for them but it’s the best feeling when your mother or mother figure is one of your best friends and always has your back, the one who always shares that laugh of the humor only you guys get.”
“Colleen, you are so much more than a mother to me, you are one of my guidelines and one of my guiding lights,” he continued. “Thank you doesn’t say enough, I love you so much and you’ve done so much for me that claims you my strong, happy, loving and awesome mother figure, you’re irreplaceable. Thank you so much Colleen love you so much!!!”
The teen also praised his dad a month earlier as the former reality TV star celebrated his 43rd birthday.
“Happy Birthday dad!!!!” the teenager captioned his Instagram tribute. “To the coolest most amazing dad, and the one who’s always there for me, the one who’s always had my back, thank you so much and have a great one!!!”
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