A little TLC did not go a long way for Jon and Kate Gosselin.
The reality-TV stars, long rumored to be on the rocks after 10 years of marriage, filed divorce papers Monday afternoon in Reading, Pa.
A "special announcement" is scheduled for tonight's episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8—the sixth hour of what has proved to be an emotionally tense fifth season—but the court documents played spoiler instead.
"Parents of multiples have triple the divorce rate," Kate said during the record-setting season premiere. "I was thinking we were going to beat that. I don't know if I can say that anymore."
The news comes several days after Jon was spotted apartment hunting in New York. He and Kate have been spending the majority of their time apart over the past month, with Jon sticking closer to their suburban Pennsylania home while Kate took the kids on vacation in North Carolina, after which each continued to play single-ish parent in front of the cameras.
Jon spent Father's Day playing with his brood at the family home, where he told E! News he didn't know where Kate was.
Nevertheless, he was in "a great mood," according to a source.
The previous weekend, he and Kate didn't bother to meet up to mark their 10th anniversary on June 12.
The increasingly estranged duo have 8-year-old twins, Cara and Madelyn, and 5-year-old sextuplets, Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah and Joel.
(Originally published June 22, 2009, at 3:22 p.m. PT)
(Originally published June 22, 2009, at 2:22 p.m. PT)