The new issue of Us Weekly reports that Jon & Kate mom Kate Gosselin grew so close to her bodyguard, Steve Neild, it caught the attention of her husband, Jon — and has become the talk of many locals in their Berks County, Pennsylvania, community. Since May 2008, Kate has made 50 public appearances, criss-crossing the country, often with Neild by her side, as Jon stayed home with the kids. Even when at home — whether at Starbucks or at restaurants — Neild has been a constant companion to Gosselin, who is estranged from her family and viewed in town as not having friends. "He threatened to hire a private investigator," a family source informed by Jon Gosselin tells Us.
The married Neild — who once worked for Bill Clinton, and is often photographed not wearing his wedding band — were "very physical, often touching each other," says an employee at a recent promotional appearance for their TLC reality show. "She was gently poking him, giving him little love pats, totally unlike the slapping she does with Jon. She and Steve were joking around so much, I actually wondered if they were having an affair. There's a lot of open affection between them." The employee adds Kate showed no affection at all to Jon at the same event.
(Neild's wife Gina, a one-time close friend of Kate's, tells Us local and online talk of an affair is "ridiculous"; Kate has confessed she and Jon might split in the same interview she says she is "horrified" by any allegations suggesting she and Neild are romantically involved; TLC refused comment.) Meanwhile, Us has learned that Jon has had more public trysts with 23-year-old third grade teacher Deanna Hummel than first reported.
The new Us Weekly confirms a mid-March date at the local Ruby Tuesday's that a waitress describes as "romantic and lovey-dovey." And on March 28, Hummel and a girlfriend attended Spring Gruv with Jon in Utah while Kate was away. On April 17 — the day before Jon and Hummel were photographed at 2 a.m. leaving a club — the two were caught on cell phone camera and were "all over each other" while watching band Dirty Penny perform at Paolo's Restaurant & Bar in Reading, Pa., a witness tells Us.
So what's next for the couple of nearly 10 years? A neighbor says he sleeps in an apartment above the garage in the Gosselins' new $1.1 million home. "Jon says it's over," says a family source. "Kate doesn't want to work on it, he doesn't want to work on it."
For much more on Kate and her bodyguard's "inseparable" relationship, what people in her town say she's really like as a mom, how much money is at stake for the Gosselins, and how Jon is handling the pressure, pick up the newest issue of Us Weekly, on stands today.
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