Octomom Nadya Suleman, mother of 14 children, eight of which she had through in-vitro fertilization after already having had six children, appears on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” Tuesday, April 20.
She was invited to be on “Oprah” after sending the media mogul a letter that read, “Thus far, the media has depicted a completely false picture of who I
am. The trial I’ve been put through has forced me to see my true
self–something I have avoided most of my life.”
Suleman tells Oprah in the interview, “That’s exactly what Octomom is: a carnival attraction,” she says. “I’m
not a celebrity. I’m a pseudo-celebrity catapulted into this big media
mess. Did I want it? No. Was I in denial thinking that it wouldn’t
]]>Oprah: I thought that was really insightful of you to say that
you were a carnival attraction, but do you feel that you have
contributed to that?
Nadya: Yes. Absolutely.
Oprah: Because when I saw that, like everybody else, I saw that
cover of you on Star with [your] new bikini body, and I tell you,
the first thing I thought was, “Why are you doing that?”
Nadya: Right. Right. I need to tell you why: 14 hungry mouths.
Then a 15th here. And it is my responsibility. I own full responsibility
for providing for my children. A parent must provide for their kids,
not the other way around. I will never–from the beginning I’ve always
been consistent with this–I would never do a reality show. That has been
a lie from the very beginning. And I must provide for my children. Deep
down, I was ashamed of [the bikini shot]. That is not my character. I
am shy. I always have shied away from cameras. But I feel as though I
needed to do something. And in doing so, I was able to provide for my
kids. We have some of that money still left until I figure another way
to make ends meet.
Oprah: So you made $100,000 from that?
Nadya: Yes. I did.
Suleman goes on to talk about her “childish desires” and the guilt she lives with every day. Read the complete interview at Oprah’s official website or check your local listings for air times.
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