What Happened To Octomom?
You may recognise the name Nadya Suleman, or perhaps you may recognise her better by the nickname “Octomom.” Seven years ago, the story of Suleman’s eightfold pregnancy caused her to shoot into the limelight – and also global condemnation.
Well here is what happened to Octomom and her eight little babies once the camera had switched off and moved on to the next phenomenon.
Since the babies were born, Suleman has gone on to change her name from Nadya to Natalie. This was due to the obvious reason of harassment by the press. Once the details of her amazing story hit the news, she became a public hate figure, where threats were made against her life, and at one point she was even physically attacked in the street.
However, you may wonder how it got to that point. Normally, when a baby, or babies are born it is an extremely happy occasion – so with a huge eight babies being born, it should be a time of celebration. It was also a historic event, as before Suleman gave birth to her children, only one set of octuplets had ever been delivered alice in the U.S. Furthermore, Octomom’s case was the only one where all eight children survived past one week.
When it first came into the public eye, the story shocked and amazed most people. However, this was quickly turned into rage, as the media uncovered how Suleman had conceived the octuplets. With her doctor, Dr. Kamrava, she had broken IVF treatment protocols. At Suleman’s request, Kamrava planted no fewer than 12 embryos in her womb.
More scandal was to follow immediately, as it emerged that Suleman already had six other children. Five of these six children had also been conceived using IVF treatment. When the medical board investigated Dr. Kamrava, they actually banished him from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The last straw was when it was revealed that Suleman was not working, and depended on public funds to support her family.
The hatred continued, and actually became so intense that at one point someone even hurled a baby seat straight through the window of her van. So all the while Suleman was dealing with the public hatred, she had to also attempt to answer the question, what had her life become? And how could a single, broke mother raise 14 children on her own?
She seemed to turn to the answer for everything these days – a reality TV show. Suleman invited the cameras into her life, and struck a deal, whereby each child earned $250 per day for taking part. So, although this may aid her money problem, it definitely wasn’t helping her public image. She commented, “I’m damned if I do what I need to do with the media to support my kids, and I’m damned if I don’t.”
There were also other problems to bear in mind. Bringing up 14 children alone, eight of them being babies, is a near-impossible task for just about anyone. The argument was still ongoing about whether Suleman was a fit mother, and whether she should be allowed to keep her children.
Apparently, people were always contacting Suleman, asking her to partake in adult movies. Although, at this point, that was the least of her worries as some went on. In June 2011, an audiotape of a magazine interview came to light, in which the mother had allegedly said, “I hate babies, they disgust me… I absolutely with I had not had my children.”
Her life as a mother appeared to be chaos, for instance, in 2012 she filed for bankruptcy and face further criticism about her parenting abilities. The police were also notified of the conditions the children were apparently having to live in, however when this was investigated, social services found nothing of concern.
In the end, unfortunately Suleman felt her only option in order to get out of the financial troubles was to take up the offers of pornographic films. In June 2012, her adult production was released to huge controversy. She commented in an interview, “I just do as much as I can to survive and generate as much revenue as I can.”
Shockingly, this wasn’t even the end of her troubles, as on October 23, 2013, she admitted herself into a rehab facility. She was apparently suffering from exhaustion, and also from an addition to the prescription drug Xanax. While she was undergoing treatment, the children were all left in the care of nannies.
No matter how bad things were going on in Suleman’s life, her actions did not seem to be affecting the children. The backlash didn’t stop there though, as in 2014, she was accused of welfare fraud. The media had to admit that there was no evidence of neglect, therefore Suleman was fined but avoided prison.
After this, things seemed to quieten down. There were rumours that the “Octomom” as she was still being called, was going to appear on the 2016 edition of U.K reality series Celebrity Big Brother. However, this didn’t come to fruit, which is probably for the best otherwise she could have faced further backlash for her previous actions.
Suleman also set up an Instagram account, where she could show the world how far along her children have come in life. The pictures she posted showed the children growing up as happy, healthy and completely normal. On one picture, she captioned it “God blessed me plentifully by placing you all in my life.”
At the end of 2016, Suleman, who now calls herself Natalie, appeared on The Doctors. She told the audience about her shame of how she had previously acted, and that she wanted to leave the concept of “Octomom” behind. She commented, “There’s nobody, possibly, who could have hated ‘Octomom’ more than I.”
She explained that the had enormous guilt about entering the sex industry and her the times she dabbled into pornography. She admitted, “Rather than go and get more public assistance, which I already felt ashamed of, I ended up selling myself out.”
While Suleman said that many of her critics “never knew the true story,” she definitely accepted full responsibility for her actions, saying “I take accountability for being dumb and irresponsible.” After everything that had happened, Suleman got her self a job and her family began to receive less government assistance as a result.
Suleman revealed in 2015, that she has successfully managed to kick her addiction to Xanax, and revealed that she had “walked away from what was causing her to use it.” IT seemed that the couple of year she had spent away from the spotlight had done her and her family the world of good.
Despite the controversy regarding their birth, the children – Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Makai, Josiah and Jeremiah – are definitely loved. Suleman commented, “I own and take responsibility for my poor choices, but it doesn’t take away from how extraordinary these children turned out to be.”
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