Jon and Kate: Separated For Two Years?

There's some confusion 'round the Internet about Jon and Kate Gosselin's divorce papers, thanks to an erroneous report by the Associated Press.

The AP floated the story that the reality couple had been separated for two years before initiating a legal split June 22. But anyone who watches Jon & Kate Plus 8 -- and apparently 10 million of you do -- would know this isn't true. (Let the conspiracy theories begin!)

Thankfully, TMZ.com was able to clear up the misunderstanding, even while juggling breaking news about Perez Hilton getting punched in the face.

According to TMZ:

"We now know what Kate checked on the divorce papers, which are confidential. There are two grounds for a no fault divorce in Pennsylvania -- the first is waiting 90 days after the papers have been served. Then, if both Jon and Kate agree the marriage is "irretrievably broken" ... the divorce can proceed.

And there's a second option -- that they have lived separate and apart for 2 years. But that doesn't mean they've actually been separated for that long. It means she must wait 2 years from the moment she considered the marriage kaput and began living separately (if only in different bedrooms). We're told the real separation between Jon and Kate is very recent and Kate checked the box just to get the clock ticking."