Kate Gosselin feels “sad and lonely”

A friend of hers who spoke out to RadarOnline said Kate feels depressed as she doesn’t have true friends to confide in.

“The truth is Kate is really sad and lonely with few true friends,” the source said.

When she isn’t filming or caring for her children, she’s often seen at the nail spa or the tanning salon, or traveling to New York to get her hair done.

“Even her kids have noticed that their mom is sometimes too tired to play with them when the cameras are not rolling,” the source said.

“Her bodyguard Steve Neild is the closest person to her, but he’s married with two kids of his own.”

“Steve lives in the basement of her home and he accompanies Kate everywhere, but they strongly deny that there is anything going on between them despite the fact that they have taken trips to Alaska and to Mexico together.”

Adds the source: “Apart from Steve she does not have many true friends to confide in or just go out and have fun with while she does not have the best relationship with her family either.”

Moreover, people of Reading, Pa, where she currently resides, have turned against her.

“They don’t think greatly of her and she is not popular at the local stores, post office or car wash, because she cannot win people over and comes across as cold and aloof,” Kate’s friend said.

“Kate just finds it hard to be friendly towards people and is very domineering – at the moment she is pre-occupied with looking her best and keeping-up appearances.”

The insider tries to blame it on the busy life this mom-of-eight is having. “Kate’s life revolves around her kids and the reality show… when have you ever seen Kate photographed having fun on a girls’ night out?

“The paparazzi are camped outside her home a lot of the time and often she will just not go out which is sad for her kids too.”

“Kate has money coming in but nobody to share it with – having her own reality show has come with a price for her but ultimately that was her own choice.”

Kate divorced her reality husband Jon and even battled in court with him for the rights to continue doing the show on the TLC network.

Despite having to do with marriage dissolution, rumors of affairs and more recently having three of her kids expelled from school, Kate insists it’s “financially necessary” to go on with the show.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight she said, “My kids would fall apart if we didn’t.”