Jon Gosselin: I "Despise" Kate
"I can't sit on the sofa with that woman," he says in the interview, which was posted online Tuesday. "I can't sit with someone right now that I despise."
He accuses Kate, 34, of "feeding into the frenzy" by appearing on magazine covers bashing him. In a recent People interview, she joked that Jon must have been abducted by aliens when asked to explain how he transformed from a computer technician into a club-hopping jet-setter.
"I despise [her] because she's not speaking from the heart," Jon tells ABC News' Chris Cuomo. "Please -- the stuff you tell me in private should be the stuff you tell me on TV."
(In a statement to ABC News, Kate says: "While I certainly have a very different perception of how our marriage dissolved, for the sake of my children I maintain that I'm not going to go into details of aspects I believe should remain private.")
Jon also slams Kate for claiming she still wears her wedding ring because she doesn't want to "upset" their eight children. Says Jon, "I think she still wears the ring for public perception. I don't wear my ring because she took my ring. I don't have it. "I don't have the ring," he continues. "I laid it down one night. It was gone. Who else would take it? I checked all the -- underneath my kids' pillows. That's where everything ends up in the house anyway. So it wasn't there."
Jon goes on to say he speculated Kate had an affair with bodyguard. "I speculate, but I don't know -- that's a general feel. You know, almost like when they were traveling together, I felt jealous," he said. "Here, I'm Mr. Mom. And then there's some other guy traveling with my wife. Whether it's protection or not, it's all in -- it's in the back of my mind."
Jon says he is now happy with girlfriend Hailey Glassman, the 22-year-old daughter of the surgeon who performed Kate's 2006 tummy tuck. He denies rumors that he left "Kate for Hailey." Jon says Hailey is "the polar opposite of Kate."
"I get encouragement from her, I get respect from her. Two things that a man needs," he says. "This is someone, I mean, like soul mate -- like people joke about that. But I'm not joking about that."
Asked if he loves Kate, Jon says, "I will always love Kate as the mother of my kids. But to tell you right now, at this point of what's going on, I do not love Kate."