It’s been eight years since Nadya Suleman (who now goes by the name of Natalie) gave birth to octuplets via IVF and became Octomum. At the time she was already a single mother to six children.
Suleman’s story of trying to raise 14 children on her own gained worldwide attention. The 41 year old soon found her life turning into a circus as she did whatever she could to provide for her enormous family. The financial strain of feeding her children was too much and she found herself turing to porn to make quick money. The mum released a sex tape, appeared at a strip club and posed for nude photos in a desperate bid to ‘provide food on the table’ for her family.
There was one pivotal moment though which saw Suleman give up that career for good and decide it was time to make a change. The moment happened when she saw her 10 year old daughter dressed up in her stripper costume and wearing her high heels.
“She put on these heels and she was strutting around in them and that was it,” Suleman said. “That was the moment when I said, ‘I’d rather be homeless in a van with all my kids than to allow any of my girls to feel that they’re not worthy enough.’ ”
So Suleman decided to ‘kill’ Octomum and put it all behind her. “I was more or less a carnival attraction, and I was a freak show,” she said, during her exclusive interview on ABC America.
She admitted that other children would often make her kids feel “embarrassed” over her ‘Octomom’ history. “My kids get embarrassed because their friends sometimes will say ‘My mom said your mom’s a stripper,’” she said, but admitted her children reply with, “’No, my mom’s a counsellor.’”
To deal with the pain and shame of porn and stripping, Suleman admitted that she turned to Xanex.
“I ended up numbing my shame,” Suleman said. “And if you have to engage in an activity to numb yourself … you are going down the wrong path. I look back in retrospect and I would never say I regret — not one of my children. They are why I live. Some of the things that I have done … of course that I’m ashamed of in the past … was just to put food on the table and just to take care of my family,” the mother admitted.
“I wasn’t me and I’m sorry. I’m sorry for anyone I hurt out there.”
The father of all the children (who is known to Suleman) is not on the scene and does not provide any financial support to the family.
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