Kate Gosselin is so standoffish on Dancing With the Stars, she has show staffers contact her through her bodyguard, reports the new issue of Us Weekly , on stands today.
"When the show needs to contact Kate, they go through Steve," a production source tells Us, adding that having personal security is not the norm for any of the other star competitors. "She acts like a major celebrity. It's a joke with the cast, like, 'Oh, look out -- the bodyguard is watching!'"
And it's not just any bodyguard.
Gosselin, 35, travels between her $1.1 million home in Pennsylvania and DWTS' Los Angeles set with Steve Neild -- with whom she's been accused of having an affair by her estranged husband Jon. (Both Kate and the married Neild have denied infidelity.)
In fact, an insider tells Us that Gosselin and Neild even stay in adjoining hotel rooms in L.A.
Gosselin -- who was criticized as looking like a "super bitch from hell" during last Monday's dance -- hasn't bothered getting to know any of the other contestants either.
"When she is getting her hair done, she is on her BlackBerry the whole time... [she] is not making herself likable," another insider says, adding that the type-A mom of twins Mady and Cara, 9, and sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Joel and Leah, has not been invited out to any of the cast's Monday postshow afterparties.
"If she tagged along, they wouldn't ask her to leave, but they wouldn't be overjoyed either. She's not much fun," a production source says.
Still, pro dancer Derek Hough defends Gosselin.
"If anyone is allowed to be stressed, it's Kate," he tells Us. "She is so out of her element. She can act any way she wants, in my book."
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