According to several fellow vacationers, Kate Gosselin didn't pay her eight kids much attention on their getaway to Bald Head Island, N.C., when the camera crew wasn't around – even though she pulled twin daughters Madelyn and Cara, 8, out of school for the for-TV trip.
Between texting on her phone and huddling with her bodyguard Steve Neild (with whom husband Jon once feared she was having an affair), "she completely ignored her children the entire time," fellow vacationer Ann Michele Sweeney tells the newest issue of Us Weekly. "When Kate sat on the edge of the pool, she told one of [the twins], 'If you splash me, you're dead meat,'" Sweeney says. "She was not joking at all." The child's response? "She said, 'Mommy, you are mean!'" Sweeney says.
Another vacationer, Kim Kirsch, tells Us that "Everyone that's encountered her says she's been rude, mean and hateful." Showing off her gratis tummy tuck (worth $5,000 to $8,000) in a bright bikini, Kate kept her distance as her kids frolicked in the water with a nanny.
Jon, meanwhile, tried to escape reality TV cameras by hanging with two female family friends in Newburgh, New York.
"He just wanted to chill," Rob Tanczos, owner of bar 26 Front Street (where Jon downed a Miller Lite beer), tells Us Weekly. When people started noticing him, "he got uncomfortable and took off."
For more on how Kate threw a "hissy fit" near her $1,807-a-night rental home (with two media rooms!), how her kids broke her rules by eating food off the ground, her strange food requests, and what Kate's high school classmates have to say about her — pick up the newest issue of Us Weekly, on stands today.
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