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Kate Gosselin Kids People Magazine Cover: Single Mom Talks About Survial Mode After Divorce, 'Piecing and Patching Together' Income

By Zulai Serrano | Aug 15, 2013 02:01 PM EDT

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Kate Gosselin and her kids are on the cover of the latest issue of PEOPLE magazine. (Photo : PEOPLE)

Kate Gosselin and her family are on the cover of the latest issue of PEOPLE magazine, and the kids are all grown up.

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Twins Mady and Cara, 12, and sextuplets Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel, Leah and Aaden, 9, appear on the cover with their single mom.  Gosselin opened up to the magazine about her life since the end of the family's show, Jon & Kate Plus 8.

Two years later, the mom is still struggling to move on and live her life outside of media scrutiny. 

"I'm living very carefully these days," Gosselin told PEOPLE.

Since the end of the show, Gosselin admitted to "piecing and patching together an income from a variety of projects," according to the magazine.   Not having reliable income scares her.

"It feels like a whole other lifetime ago," Gosselin said about the show. "And sometimes I don't even remember much of it. Both when the babies were first born and during the divorce, I was on survival mode. I feel like I've lived two lifetimes already. I'm not the same person I was ... I don't even recognize her."

However, Yahoo! reports the single mom still lives in her more than $1 million home in Pennsylvania.  She also reportedly earns her income from her website, her cookbook and is set to launch a retail discounts website,

As for her relationship with ex-husband Jon Gosselin, Kate tells PEOPLE it's still not great.  The two communicate via text message, and Jon comes over once a week for dinner.  He is allowed overnight visits with children every other weekend. 

"The way he lives versus the way I live is the reason why we're divorced. Let's just leave it at that," Kate said.

Jon has not ruled out TV gigs for the future, but currently works on IT contract jobs and sells energy-efficient products on the side.  He lives in a cabin 30 minutes away from Kate's home.

"For the foreseeable future, I just go to work," he told People. "If a TV gig happens for me, great. If it happens for Kate, yay. In a recession you can't be choosy."

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