(USATODAY.com) - Kate Gosselin was probably hoping today would be all about her new cookbook. She announced thatLove Is in the Mix, featuring her kids and 108+ recipes, will be out in September.
But then a photo of her "appearing to make a racist gesture" -- pulling her eyes as if mocking Asians - surfaced and began to spread.
She is now speaking out in a new blog post about the "personal photo" and says it was released without her permission.
It's an old shot, she writes (evidence to back that up: she's wearing a wedding ring). She calls it "a happy memory of mine."
She explains that she and her former husband Jon Gosselin were opening fan mail one afternoon, back in the days when fan mail often filled the "garage" of their home, when they came across a "plastic Asian dress-up wig sent from a caring fan." They laughed, "each taking turns posing in it and snapping photos (on my phone) of each other. Naturally, I 'slanted' my eyes to show him my best Asian impression, which made him smile."
It wasn't a slur, she says.
Instead, a fan sent it "so that I too could 'be Asian' like the rest of my family. At that time, a common topic of our show was "everybody's Asian" - except for mommy, so a thoughtful fan figured she'd help me look Asian too!"
Gosselin says she has "eight biracial children therefore I'm quite certain that I'm the last person that could be called a racist."
Finally, she notes,"The blaring fact that remains is that a personal photo that left a warm and happy memory, was taken and misused without my permission and opportunistically turned into something that it never was intended to be."