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It’s been 13 years since the news about Nadya Suleman, now better known as Octomom, broke the Internet and became the most talked about topic for a few months. Octomom, already a mother to 6 beautiful kids, gave birth to 8 more – all at the same time!
Becoming a full-fledged celebrity in a matter of hours, Nadya Suleman’s image was surrounded by rumors and controversies worthy of a TV star.
Now 47 years old, Octomom went from starring in аdult movies, making nude photoshoots, and substance abuse to an exemplary vegan mother who fully supports her children and raises them all on her own. She gave birth to octuplets back in 2009 and now they’re all grown up, including their older siblings. Here’s what Octomom and her kids have been up to lately!
A Proud Mother of 14
For Nadya Suleman, it’s never been about building a business or becoming rich in life – all she ever wanted was to have children, as many as possible. But did she ever plan on having a family of 14 kids? Certainly not! So how did that happen?
“All I wanted was children. I wanted to be a mom," Nadya Suleman confessed in one of her many interviews. It seems that her life’s biggest dream is happening right now!
Being unable to get pregnant naturally, Nadya Suleman started having IVF treatments (in vitro fertilization) when she was 21, giving birth to her first baby in 2001. By 2009 she had two daughters and four sons, but wasn’t planning on stopping there.
She Didn’t Want Her Embryos to Die
Regarding all life as sacred, Octomom, back then just a mother of 6, didn’t want the embryos left from previous IVF treatments to perish. It might seem like a hard decision to make, but she didn’t hesitate for a moment!
Her sixth pregnancy was supposed to be her last, so she asked to transfer all of her 6 remaining embryos, but then something unexpected happened.
At that time Ms. Suleman was under the supervision of Dr. Kamrava, who helped her get pregnant all the previous times. Never expecting any wrongdoings from his side, Nadya Suleman trusted him with the whole process, even when he said that they lost the previous embryos and they’ll need to transfer more.
Octomom was Deceived
Ms. Suleman told New York Times that the doctor lied to her about losing six embryos. The doctor then suggested they implant six more and she had to agree. She doesn’t like to talk about this matter, but there has been so much controversy around the topic that she decided to open up a bit.
According to medical guidelines, the woman of her age should receive no more than 2 embryos at a time, but Nadya Suleman ended up with a whopping number of 12 embryos! That’s never been done before and it will probably never happen again in the nearest future.
Even Dr. Kamrava’s peers condemned his choice to go through with such an extreme fertilization process, but according to him it was he who was pressured by Ms. Suleman to save all the embryos he had on his hands. But was it actually the case?
Who’s Telling the Truth?
Rabbi Shofet, a friend of Dr. Kamrava, remembered during his interview with NYT that the doctor was a fertility genius and came up with a technique to fertilize every egg. According to him, Dr. Kamrava was the one telling Octomom not to keep the embryos.
Well, that’s his side of the story, but in the end it didn’t really matter whose idea it was in the first place because the medical world didn’t approve of Dr. Kamrava’s actions.
Truth is, the doctor should consider the life of a person in his care first and foremost. The life of the mother always comes first! The authorities must have thought the same because Dr. Kamrava ended up losing his license and had to leave the U.S. as he could no longer practice there. The controversy around Octomom’s pregnancy still goes on, but that’s not what matters most right now.
Letting Go of the Past
Nadya Suleman couldn’t keep a grudge against the doctor even if she wanted to. Not after giving birth to 8 little angels – six boys and two girls, whom she had given Biblical names: Maliyah, Makai, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Nariyah, Noah, Jonah, and Josiah.
Ms. Suleman seriously thought of each and every one of her babies as God’s gifts, that’s why all of them have middle name ‘Angel’. And they truly look like the most angelic babies in the world!
It took 46 medical personnel to perform the C-section and deliver the babies into the hands of their happy mother. Of course, that didn’t happen immediately as, although born mostly healthy and in stable condition, they all needed extra care and had to be observed by the doctors for some time.
The Most Famous Octuplets in History
Despite all the controversy, the Suleman octuplets became a huge sensation all across the world. Before them, the Chukwu octuplets occupied the spotlight for some time, but the youngest of the 8 kids, born in 1998, died soon after birth.
Nadya Suleman actually broke the Guinness World Record, giving birth to the longest-living octuplets who were born all at once during a single birth. That’s a real miracle!
And while many people accused Nadya Suleman of being irresponsible about having so many children on her own, being unemployed, nobody could deny the fact that they were growing as healthy happy babies and later – toddlers and teenagers. So, what are they up to now?
13 Years Later
Octomom’s fame has dwindled down considerably after she’s given birth to 8 perfect little babies at one go, but the media still likes to follow her whereabouts. Everyone is interested to know how the kids are doing and the way their family lives.
Nadya Suleman appeared on her Instagram with a heartfelt message to her 8 kids who were going to the last grade of middle school. The whole bunch stood in front of their family’s home garage, looking as cheerful as a bunch of teens could be.
She went on saying just how proud she was of them and that they were the kindest and most respectful human beings in the world. She firmly believes they are amazing role models for the younger children and she wants them to know that she loves them very much.
Where are the Older Children?
Joshua, Elijah, Aiden, Amerah, Calyssa and Caleb weren’t in the memorable picture with such a sweet caption, but where were they? It turned out there was no conspiracy whatsoever, although the netizens started making weird assumptions all over again.
Why didn’t they show themselves to the world? Well, because they value their privacy and Octomom respects their decisions to stay out of the limelight.
In her Instagram post, Nadya Suleman even made a special remark to all those questioning her motherhood once again, revealing that her older kids simply didn't want to get photographed on their first day of school and she respects them enough not to put pressure on them. It’s perfectly normal for people to not want get all the extra attention, especially when they’re teens!
Celebrating Octuplets’ 13th Birthday
It must be quite a weird feeling to be sharing your birthday with 8 more souls, but that’s exactly what happened to each of the octuplets when they were born to Nadya Suleman in one go. Now each of their birthdays is a huge family celebration!
Nadya Suleman may be many things, but she’s definitely not a thrifty person when it comes to her kids. It seems she’d do anything to make their special days even more memorable.
For the octuplet’s 13th birthday Octomom took them to the bowling alley and a local park and, judging by the photos, the octuplets had the most fun time imaginable. Their mother couldn’t help herself and made a heartfelt post about her kids.
The Letter of Love
No matter what everyone thought about Nadya Suleman, her love for her kids is pure and unconditional – you can feel it in the captions she writes under the photos when she talks about them!
Their family has been through a lot, but even during the toughest times they never lost love and respect for each other, staying kind and true to themselves. Of course, Nadya Suleman had to write a post dedicated to the octuplets’ 13thbirthday.
In it, she mentioned just how blessed she felt with having so many beautiful, loving, and caring children. Each of them is growing into kind human beings and she couldn't be happier. That must have been one of the happiest days of her life!
Moving to a New Home
Back in 2009, when Nadya Suleman gave birth to octuplets and became the proud mother of 14, she was still living in a 3-bedroom house that could barely fit them all. Of course, that was not the best place to raise children.
After struggling to pay mortgage for the house for more than a year, Octomom finally managed to find a new home for the family. It was no easy task as she had to get into the аdult film industry to get the money for their new family nest.
Was it worth it? We really don’t know, but the whole family moved into a 6-bedroom house in Palmdale, California, and kids couldn’t have been happier after a few years spent in a cramped house packed with siblings. It truly was a blessing!
There’s So Much Space!
Moving to a new house changed everyone’s life for good – now they could even have a proper meal all together, the 15 of them (including Octomom). In their old home the kitchen was so small that they had to eat in shifts – something Nadya Suleman remembers with regret.
Now the family has a proper dining area with a huge table that can fit each and every one of them, along with a spacious loft area that allows her children to play freely as much as they want.
The house rent is around $1800, but with the royalties Octomom is getting from the movie she made she could easily afford it, as well as fully cover their everyday gas and food bills. Nadya Suleman stated that she did it only because she was trying to be a good mom and provide for her kids.
If you take a look inside the new house, you’ll notice it’s almost spotless, despite 14 kids living in there. So what was Nadya Suleman’s secret that kept their new family nest intact while her kids were growing up?
Octomom confessed that she had to come up with some pretty strict house rules in order to keep the property in good shape. Unlike their previous home, where kids were allowed to do almost anything they wanted, this house had a ban on crayons and markers.
Some other rules include – eating only at the dining table and no food allowed in other rooms. The kids also need to clean after themselves, take care of their rooms, and make their own beds. That might seem a bit strict, that ounce of order really makes a different in such a big family!
Octomom Doesn’t Like to Cook
Nadya Suleman confessed that she isn’t the homey type and doesn’t like to cook much, but her kids are an entirely different matter! She swears that some of them are born chefs and can’t get enough of their yummy treats.
The whole family is vegan, so you wouldn’t see any meat dishes on their dinner table even during festive days, but that doesn’t mean their meals are somehow less exciting. On the contrary!
The variety of their vegan menu is quite astounding, all thanks to the hardworking kids responsible for many family meals. They help their mom out and seem very happy to do so. Looking at this photo, we get why someone would want to become vegan!
Best Christmas Meal Ever
If you’re still not convinced that a bunch of kids can whip up a chef’s vegan meal, here’s some proof for you – one Christmas dinner that impressed Octomom so much that she had to make a post on social media about it.
And we get why! Just look at this deliciousness cooked by Nariyah and Noah. The two sisters are glowing proudly presenting a mouthwatering dinner to the family. Here’s what they had on the menu.
There was some mac and cheese, the timeless staple dish of any U.S. family, vegan croissant balls, vegan meatballs and meatloaf, some mashed potatoes with thick gravy, paired up with stewed veggies and a few other vegetable dishes. That’s a real vegan feast!
A Nice Welcome
It’s not a secret that Octomom’s controversial conception of octuplets and, later, the birth of 8 kids raised a lot of questions in the community and many people were against her having so many kids, while other have gotten aggressive towards Nadya Suleman.
She’s received a huge number of death threats during the first years after giving birth to octuplets and not only that – her house was even egged by some haters!
The new neighborhood was like a dream come true. The family was welcomed there and Octomom’s neighbours even gifted her a greeting card. It turns out, lots of people hated them in their previous neighbourhood due to the things media said about Octomom. Finally, things were getting better for the family!
Her Son Has Autism
Octomom has never revealed this information before, but during the last years she started opening up more about her personal life and the lives of her children. One kid in particular, Aidan, caught everyone’s attention when she revealed a very peculiar fact about him.
It turned out Aidan, her 4th child, was born with autism and required ‘total care’. He needs his mom's full assisstance in his everyday needs and activities and that's something not even Nadya Suleman's Instagram followers knew about.
All these years she’s been taking care of Aidan and all his needs single-handedly, but that has never been a burden for her. She trusted her other kids would help Aidan in time of need, knowing that he was special, and that made her love him even more.
Her Oldest Son is 21 Now
Time flies by so fast! Can you believe that Nadya Suleman’s oldest kid, Elijah, is 21 years old? This must feel even more surreal to Octomom than it does to us.
Octomom often writes tributes to Elijah on her Instagram account, praising the wonderful and caring young man he’s grow up to be. Elijah was only 7 when the octuplets were born, changing his life and the life of other kids forever.
Nadya Suleman confessed that her heart ached because of the challenges he experienced at such a young age with so many little kids entering their lives, but despite all that, he’s grown up to be a wonderful human being, kind and humble. And that's what any mother would want her child to become!
Amerah is Like the Family’s Second Mom
Amerah, the second child of Nadya Suleman, is also one of the oldest kids in the family, which means she has more freedom and even more responsibilities.
She was very young when the octuplets where born and had to grow up faster as someone needed to take care of the kids and help Octomom about the house.
The two of them, mother and daughter, couldn’t be more different, despite the fact that they belong to the same lineage. Nadya Suleman described her as being very outgoing and extraverted, full of energy to communicate with all the people around her, while the mother considers herself to be more of an introvert, who’s socially awkward and really doesn’t like all the extra attention.
While Nadya Suleman is known for saying that she’s been bringing up her children all on her own, that isn’t exactly true. After all, she has a family, too! The octuplets had grandparents and while they have been very supportive of Octomom’s 14 kids, Nadya Suleman’s mother painted a different picture back in the day.
When Octomom has just given birth to 8 more kids, her mother, Angela Suleman, was quite taken aback. She admitted that they had lots of toys, but Nadya Suleman had problems paying the bills and helping with children.
Her mother confessed that she was spending most of her savings and pension and didn’t really know how she’d be able to support 8 more kids. Now, 13 years later, we all know that the family has been through some rough times, but all the kids turned out quite alright.
Where Did Octomum Get All the Money for IVF?
So where did a mother of 6 toddlers get the money for all those sessions of IVF? One cycle of in vitro fertilization can cost up to $25,000 with all the medications. That’s definitely not something one could easily afford with so many kids to care for.
It turns out, Nadya Suleman had a hefty payment of around $160,000 from her employer, the Metropolitan State Hospital in California, for the injury she sustained during the incident, when she tried to subdue a patient and another one attacked her, hurting her back badly with a wooden table.
Paired with her previous injury from the auto accident, she was temporarily disabled and continued receiving money from the employer till the end of 2008. After that things really got tough for Octomom and her 14 kids.
The Depression Kicked In
The injury Nadya Suleman sustained at the mental hospital really knocked her off her feet. She started feeling depressed, up to a point that she had to visit a psychologist.
She continued fruitless attempts to conceive a child via IVF and has had 3 miscarriages, which left her feeling helpless and devastated.
According to the psychologist, she was spiraling down due to the emotions connected with her pregnancy. It was a rollercoaster for Nadya Suleman back in the day, when she was desperately trying to conceive kids and was constantly afraid that she'd lose them.
Things Got Better for A Short Time
Despite all the controversy, Nadya Suleman was on cloud nine when she found out she was pregnant once again. It is up for debate whether she knew or not about just how many kids she was carrying in her belly, but at the time it didn’t really matter.
She was having her dream come true once again! The depression went away for a short period of time as she was taking care of the babies along with her older kids, trying to find ways to earn money to support the family.
That’s when things started getting out of hand. Later Nadya Suleman confessed that she was young and naïve and would never have done now what she did back then, even for the kids. She was so desperate for money that she decided to do аdult movies.
The Hard Times
Octomom is not ashamed of the jobs she chose to do to provide for her family, but she isn’t proud of them either. She started working as a strippеr to make her ends meet and later got into doing аdult films.
Yet she was keen on protecting her kids from all the limelight, so she decided to get in front of the camera herself to help her family. She felt that Octomom was fake and became a carnival attraction and she wanted her kids to live their normal lives.
The family was on the verge of homelessness back then, but she didn't want her kids to get all that weird unwanted publicity, that's why she decided to take matters in her own hands and do whatever was needed to be done to provide for them. That’s when her аddiction to pаin-killers kicked in…
She Couldn’t Take It Anymore
Nadya Suleman kept her family shielded from the curious eyes of the press and mass media, but appeared in more than one interview herself, doing various photoshoots and interviews to earn some money.
In the end, all the stress of doing those jobs and all the interviews that created this Octomom persona, which she felt was totally fake, made Nadya Suleman spiral down into anxiety and despair.
That’s when she started taking Xanax and other prescription drugs to somehow numb all that pain and self-disgust she was feeling towards herself. By the time she realized she needed help, she was already deeply addicted and wasn’t thinking straight.
Going to Rehab
Nadya Suleman admitted herself to a Rehabilitation Center in Orange County, realizing that she needed professional help in dealing with all the stress and anxiety that made her develop an аddiction.
Entering a 30-day program, she had firmly decided to be the best mom she could be and that required her to drop all destructive habits and choose a healthier lifestyle for herself so she could bring up the kids in a safe and healthy environment.
Of course, leaving 14 kids was no easy task – this time, she didn’t request the help of her parents, but instead she hired a bunch of nannies and asked a few friends to look after her children while she was in the rehab. That was a very tough choice to make, but in the end it was better for everyone involved, especially the kids.
No Secrets from Her Children
For better or for worse, Nadya Suleman never kept any secrets from her children – they were all very aware of her аddiction and we can only imagine what a relief it was when their mother got the help and the treatment she needed.
The whole family rejoiced when the mother got back to who she really was, ditching the Octomom persona and staying true to herself. She felt like she got rid of chains and could finally be free from the pressure she has been feeling for so many years.
They even spoke about their mother’s involvement with the adult movies industry, which she deeply regrets now after so many years have passed. It turns out she was blackmailed during this unfortunate turn of her career!
Her Manager was a Predator
It was a tough time for Nadya Suleman as she was struggling to give her kids all the attention they needed, all the while trying to make ends meet with whatever jobs she could find. Getting into the adult movie industry was no walk in the park and her manager was the worst human being ever.
She controlled Octomom’s bank accounts and lots of checks were forged during that time. She managed to steal around $60,000 during half a year!
When Nadya Suleman wanted to quit the manager threatened that she’d report her to welfare, accusing her of fraud. Apart from that, she was also selling stories about Octomom, making it even harder for her to come back to normal life.
Octomom was Created by the Media
According to Nadya Suleman, the whole Octomom persona was created by mass media and she never got a say in that. She just rolled with whatever everyone told her to say or do for the camera to put some food on her family’s table.
Back then she had to take care of her family, that's why kept on playing this game, becoming a caricature of her true self, a fake persona that everyone wanted to love or hate.
But how does someone shake off an experience like that? Well, apparently they don’t, because this is one of the reasons Octomom got so stressed out that she turned to drinks and painkillers for relief. But we’re glad this old, fake Octomom is in the past now and we all get to enjoy the real Nadya Suleman who’s staying true to herself and her family even during the hardest times.