UPDATE, JULY 19, 11:09 A.M.: Audio has been posted from the controversial In Touch interview that had Octomom Nadya Suleman saying she hates babies.
The tape confirms the single mother of 14 said to a reporter that babies "disgust" her, that her children crying gets to her and that she locks herself in the bathroom to have time to herself amid the "chaos" in her La Habra home.
To be fair, when prompted by the reporter, Suleman says, "No, no" to the notion she hates her own brood.
But there are also some odd moments near the end of the 1:36-minute passage where Octomom talks of having trouble bonding with her first six children. She seems to indicate that she got rid of her nannies to force herself to do all the work that forces her to bond with the older kids. It's all very confusing because of background noise generated by her endless bundles of joy.
Her tangent begins after the reporter with a British accent asks whether she would have another child, if she could afford to, "since clearly you love, love being a mum."
Amid public outcry following the release of the original In Touch piece, Suleman responded that the entire interview was fabricated. As you hear in the interview, the interview was not fabricated. Go to this TMZ post, follow the link to the audio, and listen for yourself.
UPDATE, JULY 11, 1:37 P.M.: You didn't think Octomom Nadya Suleman and 10 of her 14 children would return home to La Habra from last week's New York trip without producing at least one more headline, did you?
America's favorite tabloid mom (sorry Kate) reportedly got into a verbal spat on the plane ride home with 3rd Rock From the Sun star Kristen Johnston.
Suleman and her brood took up most of the business class for the flight home from New York. Unfortunately for the passengers, the flight was delayed two hours, and the kids became unruly.
Johnston apparently could not take it any more and went to Suleman's seat to tell her so.
TMZ reports the following exchange (credited to an Octo-rep):
SULEMAN: "How would you like me to keep eight 2-year-olds quiet?"
JOHNSTON: "Get more help!"
SULEMAN: "Why don't you grow a baby and get a life!"
Johnston eventually returned to her seat, and when TMZ asked Suleman about the dust-up after the landing at LAX, the single mother of 14 said she did not know Johnston was an actress.
"I guess there's some people that don't like kids," Suleman reportedly told the gossip site (which also posted video).
No, Nadya, we all can tolerate our own kids, just not everyone else's, especially on a plane, and especially on a plane times 10.
UPDATE, JULY 8, 9:48 A.M.: Imagine a bunch of little kids yammering, running around like banshees and climbing over a guest's desk as a professional woman tries to carry on a conversation with a narcissist who continually talks over her inquisitor.
You didn't have to imagine it if you watched Octomom Nadya Suleman and 10 of her 14 children with Ann Curry on NBC's Today this morning.
The completely understandable behavior by the children--they are, after all, very young and had been kept in a green room before the interview segment--confirmed the scenes described by visitors to single mom Suleman's La Habra home. (Except none were chewing on the Today set's drywall.)
Octomom was shocked--SHOCKED!--saying her brood travels extremely well and is normally very well behaved, blaming the display on their having received only two hours of sleep the night before. Indeed, throughout the interview she attempted to push this theme to a nation: these are miracle children and she's supermom.
The world's longest surviving octuplets are perfectly healthy--no doctor can explain why--and she's done every "humiliating" thing she can to keep them that way. This interview-ending exchange said it all. Picture Suleman, speaking faster than an auctioneer on meth, sitting on the ground with one child in her lap, Curry in a chair with another, Natalie Morales chasing a third around the anchor desk and the remaining kids squirming around and talking over everyone:
SULEMAN: These kids are unbelievably healthy. Science cannot explain it. They are extraordinarily healthy, athletic. They've been jumping out of their cribs and running around since one year old. How do you explain that? And, so, my dad was an athlete, I was an athlete, they are also very athletic. So, it's familial.
SULEMAN: This is not normal. These people who don't want . . . high order.
[Octomom then laughs like a mental patient until Curry tries to work in a question that begins with "Be honest with me--"]
SULEMAN [cutting Curry off]: This is not normal. It's extraordinary.
CURRY [over a shot of Morales trying to coax a kid away from the anchor desk]: Okay, Nadya Suleman, thank you so much for joining us today. I appreciate you giving us so much time. Your kids really are lovely.
SULEMAN [scolding one of her children as a breaking news graphic fills the screen]: Okay! Okay? Okay!
During the Curry interview and a taped piece with correspondent Amy Robach from Suleman's OC home, Octomom told viewers:
- "Unfortunately, as a result of hundreds of death threats that I started to receive over two years ago, directed towards me and my kids, it started to boil and bubble into panic attacks. So starting last summer about a year ago, I started having panic attacks, and I didn't want to leave the house. I'd go to the market, and I couldn't leave the car.''
- "I don't want to undo 14 kids. I love every single one of my children. I will for the rest of my life. I will die for them. Everything I do, any kind of work, any kind of money I generate--where does it go? It goes into their mouths or it goes into the house or it goes into their school."
- "Their private school is twice as much as the mortgage. The goal in life for us--one of our main goals--a priority, is to buy a home, and I would earn it. I want to work for it, and I want to buy it myself.''
- "I've never in my life been on [public assistance], and I never would. I would feel like a failure as a mother and as a human being.'' [Note: a publicist who quit working for Suleman claims she received food stamps.]
- Today reportedly did not pay for the interview, and Suleman claims she also didn't make a dime from that infamous fetish video. "That's one more thing on the laundry list of humiliation. I was a little late on the mortgage. He said, 'You can make a couple hundred thousand dollars. You could pay off part of your house.' I'm thinking, 'I'll do it.' Well, anyway, he sold it. Total dollars earned? Zero dollars. Total lesson learned? Priceless.''
- "If I had a mate, that would have defused a lot of the animosity. I'm the ultimate societal scapegoat, I believe.''
- "I'm happier, and I feel more free than I thought I would. I'm so happy I don't have nannies. It's harder, but I feel so much stronger. I forced myself to pull out strengths I never knew I possessed.''
- InTouch "I hate my kids" interview: "I think they should retract it because it's all slander. I love my children. I would do anything for my kids.''
- She's a fitness trainer. Of exercise: "That's been my way to self-medicate, through exercise."
- Guilt over her choices: "I have learned to move past that. I personally cannot waste my energy just fixating on the past and my past choices, regardless if they were good or bad choices because how is that advantageous to them? What am I teaching them? I have to teach them to accept it, learn, grow as a result of your choices, own and accept the responsibility of the consequences of your choices and move forward because if you just look back, what are you going to do, stagnate? You're just going to stagnate forever and grow old.''
UPDATE, JULY 7, 10:30 A.M.: Octomom Nadya Suleman and 10 of her 14 children will be interviewed by Ann Curry on Today Friday. Also included will be correspondent Amy Robach's report from Suleman's La Habra home. Based on quotes released by NBC's morning show, Orange County's most-controversial mother will counter comments she reportedly made to InTouch magazine about hating her children.
Perhaps the TV journos will press her on the photo at right (and in full view after the jump) that seems to show one of her kids eating drywall. It was published with the interview in InTouch, which is standing by its story.
Suleman has claimed to several media outlets that InTouch fabricated her interview where she admits to being "utterly overwhelmed" with the task of raising her large family alone, and is at such a low point that "the only way I can cope is to lock myself in the bathroom and cry."
When InTouch first released the story, it vouched for its accuracy to CNN. In light of Suleman's new denials, the news network returned to the print magazine and received this short, un-sweet statement:
"We stand by our story."
Here's a pair of teaser quotes from Suleman released by NBC (via Entertainment Weekly):
"I don't want to undo 14 kids. I love every single one of my children. I will for the rest of my life. I will die for them. Everything I do, any kind of work, any kind of money I generate-where does it go? It goes into their mouths or it goes into the house or it goes into their school. Their private school is twice as much as the mortgage . . . The goal in life for us-one of our main goals-a priority, is to buy a home and I would earn it. I want to work for it, and I want to buy it myself."
"My job as a responsible parent is to constantly protect them. And unfortunately, as a result of hundreds of death threats that I started to receive over two years ago, directed towards me and my kids, it started to boil and bubble into panic attacks. So starting last summer about a year ago, I started having panic attacks, and I didn't want to leave the house. I'd go to the market, and I couldn't leave the car."
Always the victim.
UPDATE, JULY 6, 1:33 P.M.: Octomom Nadya Suleman denies she told one of her favorite pipe organs that she hates her kids. "I would die for my kids, I love my kids, they're my life, and I love them more than anything I've ever known," La Habra's single mother of 14 told Lorraine Kelly, host of British ITV1's Lorraine.
Calling the InTouch magazine interview "fabricated" like "95 percent of what has been said in tabloids, especially in America" about her, Suleman added, "My advice to all the people reading or listening is don't believe a single thing unless it comes out of the person's mouth."
You mean, like your bullshit about being broke?
Despite constantly saying she can't pay the mortage on her La Habra home, Suleman reportedly pulled in $28,000 in June for appearing on The Cable Show in Chicago and the yet-to-air Celebridate, at MMA fights and a celebrity boxing match in New Jersey, in a bikini and from paid interviews to media across the globe.
TMZ reports Octomom has several more paid gigs in the pipeline--and that she'll celebrate her birthday July 13 at the
ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 30, 9:16 A.M.: For InTouch, Octomom Nadya Suleman of La Habra has previously posed in a bikini and denied reports that she was a stripper. But her most eye-opening revelation comes in a new interview for the mag that has her admitting she hates her 14 kids, calling the older ones "animals" and confiding she wishes she never had any of them.
I'd link you to the article if I could find it, so the following bullet points are based on reports by others on choice Octo-cuts:
- "I hate the babies, they disgust me. My older six are animals, getting more and more out of control, because I have no time to properly discipline them."
- "The only way I can cope is to lock myself in the bathroom and cry. Sometimes I sit there for hours and even eat my lunch sitting on the toilet floor. Anything to get peace and quiet."
- "Some days I have thought about killing myself. I cannot cope."
- "My bank account is overdrawn by $300 and I have no money to pay for the children's school, food or the mortgage."
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- "Ever since I was little, I was aware that men wanted me and the hardest thing was keeping them away."
InTouch reportedly includes a photo of one of her children eating drywall in her home. But it was not that sight or Suleman's disgusting comments that prompted a crazed fan to rush her in the ring of Wednesday's celebrity boxing match in New Jersey. It really was, as RadarOnline reports, another man who wanted her.
"Will you please marry me? Will you please marry me? . . . I'm a Paul Heyman guy! I'm a Paul Heyman guy!" the intruder said, making a sly reference to a controversial promo delivered by pro wrestler C.M. Punk on Monday Night Raw earlier this week.
The event's promoter, Celebrity Boxing founder Damon Feldman, then tried to talk sense into the fellow, who pushed past him and wrapped his arms around Suleman before a hulking security guard put the clamps down on the out-of-control spectator.
"And security has been force to intervene!" bellowed [Star magazine's Senior Executive EditorDylan] Howard [who provided live, entertaining color commentary]. "Octo-Mom has been ... accosted!"
Ah, publicity stunts. Bet her unwanted kids will want to get her in the ring someday.