Better known to the public as Octomom, Nadya Suleman says it is a label she no longer wants.
In an exclusive People sneak peek of Suleman’s interview on this Tuesday’s “The Doctors“, the overnight celebrity – who now goes by Natalie – admits the spotlight was never for her: “I never set out to become an ‘Octomom’, I’ve always wanted a big family – not this big!”
In fact, she reveals she began to hate her public persona. “There’s nobody, possibly, who could have hated ‘Octomom’ more than I… my history was haunting us, I left ‘Octomom’. I went back to my life as a counselor. I went back and my kids had a healthy, happy life. The problem is it’s followed us, because people never knew what I did. They never knew the true story.”
She also regrets posing for nude photos, a decision made to avoid having to rely on government assistance. “Rather than go get more public assistance, which I already felt ashamed of, I ended up selling myself out,” she says. “At the time, it was like an investment so that I could support my family. I believe the judgement I experienced was warranted because what were people supposed to believe? All they were being fed by the media was negativity.”
Like several other reality stars overwhelmed by the attention, Natalie believes she made poor choices. “I own and take responsibility for my poor choices,” she adds. “It certainly doesn’t take away from how extraordinary these kids ended up turning out to be.”