By Tim Stack
Updated June 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM EDT

Tabloid targets Jon and Kate Gosselin, who recently announced their plans to separate on their TLC series Jon & Kate Plus Eight, have decided to no longer give interviews to the media about their estranged marriage.

In a statement on their TLC website, the couple said, “During this very difficult time we will be working to focus solely onthe needs of our family. This includes no longer commenting publicly orreacting to media stories and speculation. Our goal is to do the verybest for our children and that will be done as privately as possible.We appreciate the understanding, support and well wishes from so many. Thank you.”