Photos taken inside Nadya Suleman's squalid house emerged online the other day, clearly suggesting her 14 children were being grossly neglected. She was set up, she says in a new interview with ABC, meant to defend herself publicly once more.
At the same time, as the video below will confirm, Suleman reveals that she's receiving twice as much money from the state than previously hinted, to the tune of $5,000 (€3,792.1) a month.
For a while, Octomom's name ceased making headlines – until word got out that she and the kids were back on food stamps, i.e. living off taxpayers' money.
The scandal peaked the other day, when her hairstylist told the police and the press Suleman had paid her $520 (€394.3) for a blow dry, when her kids would go on portable toilets in the backyard because the plumbing was shot – and when she was receiving handouts from the State of California.
Suleman sat down with ABC to speak on the latest accusations. For starters, she says she's getting more money as assistance than she initially revealed.
She also insists none of the claims printed in the press is real: her children are not neglected and they're certainly not living in squalor.
Suleman explains why they had to go potty in the backyard, stresses that she didn't lock her children in one room (she was merely trying to prevent them from going inside another room), but she doesn't say anything about why they're sleeping on the floor or why there's graffiti on every wall inside her home.
“I think maybe me and my kids were set up. We were set up,” Octomom says of the photos that leaked in the press and the visit she got from authorities to investigate a possible case of child neglect.
As for going back on welfare, she has just one thing to say: “I have to eat my words. You know what, we're human beings. We're all entitled to change our mind.”
Though she and the kids will probably be evicted shortly from the house for not paying rent, Suleman says she does work and that she uses the money she makes to provide for the children.
“I've been using the media to pay the bills. Any offer, now, is to take care of my kids,” she explains.
“I hate Octomom. I want to take a sledge hammer and crack her in half. That is some freak that they created in the media. I need it to be done. Done,” Suleman adds.
She also says this is the last month she'll be receiving food stamps.
First of all: Mandatory sterilization if you are going to live off the state and have that many kids. I think everyone who needs help needs to ove to CA if the state hands out that much money per month. Seems like a huge amount to give out even with 14 kids. she has no justification for havoing so many children, howdo you care for them????
Comment #1.1 by: hailia on 27 Apr 2012, 16:48 GMT
years ago people would have 12 and 14 even 20 kids and they were prolly under 20 years of age and married at a very young age. Why not support her and lend a hand? people are always so quick to judge another person. Can u imagine waking up everyday with have all that work ahead of you?.I cant! She is doing better then some people who have one child,her best is really all she can do.
she has way to many children to handle. they are here now so, there is not much that can be done. as far as neglect....... the best mother in the world would look like the worse mother if they are under the hammer every day beeing vailadated by the rest of the world. Since she is friends with the person that is the bialogical father he should be trying to help in this situation. Amagine how much help she is going to need when all the kids turn in to teenagers. I dont think she is a bad person or a bad mother. all she needs in help.
Comment #2.1 by: celestine on 27 Apr 2012, 12:02 GMT
Amen...everyone just beating this women up and yes I understand she messed up from the beginning...with the money Nadya got from the beginning...the help she got from the beginning...I know she mishandled the money and the help she received from the beginning...but this women really need help getting back on track. The Bio Father really need to step in on this matter as well as the doctor he help cause this in the first place.
Comment #3 by: starlight on 27 Apr 2012, 16:31 UTC
It bugs me that the photos shown with this article are all taken from television shows, 2 are 'red carpet' style (what the heck is she doing making appearances ?). I believe she is doing everything she can to keep herself in front of cameras.
I think that she needs to low down on to what she looks like and take the money to pay for the bills, the needs of the kids, and beware to what she does. Maybe their should be a home suportt worker put in the home to help her to rais her 8 kids. I know that if I had that many kids, I sure would go and look for the help, not to wait around and wait for child services to show up at my door and to be talked about!