Nearly 10 years after becoming a pop culture phenomena, Nadya Suleman reenters the spotlight.
The woman known as “Octomom” spoke to The New York Times on Saturday about her children and the complicated family dynamic while promoting a book she is working on.
Suleman, 43, has 14 children including her octuplets. All of the children were conceived via in vitro fertilization and that has left long-lasting damage on her body.
“I was misled by my doctor,” Dr. Kamrava, who has since lost his medical license in the U.S. “My back is broken because of the last pregnancy. I have irreparable sacral damage. And I have peripheral neuropathy. I haven’t felt my toes on my foot on the right side for many years, and my fingers are numb all the time every day. The pregnancy caused it.”
Suleman and her children are all vegans. Their 15-person household is a three-bedroom California townhouse. The kids help cook and clean. They eat and sleep in shifts to make room for the high headcount.
“Octomom” has also been supremely honest with her children about her drug abuse and 2012 sex tape. “When you’re pretending to be something you’re not, at least for me, you end up falling on your face,” she said. “They know, they went through it with me. It’s a huge weight lifted off of all of them when I went back to who I was. We were struggling financially, but it was such a blessing to be able to be free from that. Those were chains.”
The full-time counsellor refuses to date. In fact, she hardly ever goes out with all her kids at once. Her eldest daughter Amerah, 16, said “she’ll get anxiety, everyone staring, so she’ll take whoever’s behaving the best. There are ups and downs.”