Despite her stint as a celebrity with 15 minutes of fame, Nadya Suleman (also known as "Octomom") is still a mystery. Hers is a rather twisted tale, but many facts were left out of the sensational accounts of Octomom's scary pregnancy. What really happened to Nadya Suleman both before and after her time in the spotlight is a pop culture nightmare highlighting the negative side of excess. It's not surprising that the general public was worried about this strange woman's antics.
Here are some disturbing and little known facts about the mom who willingly gave birth to octuplets in 2009.
In 2011, perhaps overwhelmed by the enormous burden set before her, Suleman made some disturbing statements about her children and situation. In a magazine interview she stated: "I hate the babies, they disgust me... The older six are animals, they are getting more and more out of control because I have no time to discipline them... The only way I can cope is to lock myself in the bathroom and cry. Sometimes I sit there for hours....Anything to get peace and quiet."
Although such comments should have been disturbing to authorities, the only official visit came in April 2012. Suleman was visited by the La Habra police department and city social workers. A neighbor had claimed that Octomom's house was filthy and that the children rarely went outside.
Suleman wasn't able to support her large family by conventional means. In May 2012, she was paid a substantial amount of money to appear in a solo film that featured her pleasuring herself. The film was her only one, but in July of the same year, Suleman appeared at a club in Miami. She was paid $5,000 to dance in the buff, $200 for each private dance, and $25 for each autograph.
One of the most disturbing aspects of Suleman's octuplet pregnancy was that she already had six children that she was struggling to care for when she had the medical procedure. Three of her children were disabled and Suleman was already receiving disability payments from the state of California.
Suleman gave birth to the eight children on January 26, 2009 and hers were only the second set of octuplets successfully delivered in the US. The children were named Noah, Mailyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Makai, Josiah, and Jeremiah, respectively.
The mother never explained why the children all received Biblical names.
According to family members, Suleman was obsessed with having children from a young age. Because she could not have children naturally, all of her pregnancies resulted from in vitro fertilization. Suleman agreed to have 12 fertilized embryos implanted in 2008, completely understanding that this might result in as many as 12 children.
Although her mother took care of the older children during her hospitalization, Suleman's mother was opposed to her daughter's decision to have so many babies at once. The matriarch vowed to stop taking care of the children when Suleman left the hospital.