Nadya Suleman Does ‘Life & Style’ Magazine

"The Big Interview" = Big Buck$?

Octomom Nadya Suleman, famous for birthin’ 8 babies at once to add to her already sizable single-parent family that had 6 children already, is featured on the cover of the new issue of Life & Style magazine. In her coverstory interview, Suleman apparently answers all the questions the world is dying (?) to know. Here is the Ocotomom and 7 of her babies (the 8th was still hospitalized by the time this issue went to print) on the cover of L&S mag along with a portion of her “big interview”:


In a two-hour sit-down interview with Life & Style, Nadya opens up about the choices she’s made, the father of her children and reveals the truth behind all the rumors. Nadya Suleman’s home in La Habra, Calif., should be a scene of chaos, yet when Life & Style arrived on April 4, things were quiet and serene. Nadya seemed less concerned with her appearance than spending time with her kids. “This is who I am,” Nadya says. “There are so many lies out there, and they’re all just so different from the person I really am.” Here, in her first extensive print interview, Nadya finally sets the record straight for Life & Style.

L&S: You’ve never talked about the birth itself. What did it feel like to give birth to eight babies?
Nadya: It was extraordinarily painful. With that many babies, it feels like your insides are being torn apart. The babies were ripping apart my organs. Afterward, people thought I went into hiding. I wasn’t in hiding — I was in pain. I could hardly move.

L&S: Did you ever dream of having a family the traditional way?
Nadya: No. I was married at one point, but it didn’t work out. I decided to go on my reproductive journey alone. But people think I just woke up one day and decided to start a family. I’ve been trying to have kids since I was 19 years old! I’m 33 now. I’d just been saving my money. I was a psychiatric technician — almost every day I was working 16-hour days. For years, I worked non-stop until I saved for the first four in vitros.

L&S: How did you approach the babies’ father to donate the sperm?
Nadya: Years ago, I said, “Hypothetically speaking, would you ever help a friend have children?” He said he would. And I said, “Then help me.” And he did. I kept going back to him, and year after year, he kept helping me. He was upset when I did it again. He said the same thing everyone else did: “You have six beautiful children — why do you want more?”

L&S: Baby No. 8, Jonah, is still at Kaiser Permanente Hospital waiting to be released. What’s wrong?
Nadya: He has a little cleft on his lip. But it’s not a big deal. It’s cosmetic. Eventually, they can close it. Jonah won’t be coming home until he gains a little weight. He’s only 4 pounds but he’s growing bigger and stronger every day.

L&S: Are you going to do a reality show?
Nadya: Absolutely not! I have no interest in being famous. I’d love to vanish from the public eye as soon as I can.

I suppose if there ever was a way for a person to get rich and famous from having babies, this is the way to do it. I have a hard time believing that Suleman will not eventually do a TV show of some kind. It’s still pretty crazy how quickly the story of these octuplets went from being a happy surprise to, what amounts to, a major marketing phenomenon. It’s only been a little over 2 months since these babies were born — and since the birth of the Octomom — and she’s already become a pretty big part of the public nomenclature. I have to admit, I’m really curious to read this 8-page interview in full. I know it’s totally wrong but everyone loves a freakshow. Who knows what’s next for Nadya Suleman but if there is money to be made, I’m convinced she’ll figure out a way to make it happen. OY!

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  1. angie

    wait Robbert was with Nikki for the the mom ohmy!!!

  2. Connie

    I’m fearful for these babies sometimes. My daughter was 5 weeks early and needed constant care. Even when she came home, she cried a lot and needed a lot of holding and cuddling. I just hope that she can give those babies everything they need to thrive, especially lots of love. I know she can do it, I’ll pray for her.

  3. geana

    ok by no way do i think she did the right thing by haveing 8 babies after she had 6 already. but i hope she can make it. i have 13 month old and am expecting a son in may, and im nervous as hell!! i have my husband here to help me 24/7. she fired all her free help!! whose going to help when she goes back to work and school? this is all just shady to me! sorry

  4. PixieBassline

    She seems VERY shady and insincere to me. Maybe it’s just because she has Jack Nicholson’s “Joker Mouth”??

  5. Chase

    Yes, Robert and Nikki were dating once! Geesh, those poor kids. She seems okay, not horrible… it’s interesting that she isn’t doing a reality show.

  6. Joanena

    Please Trent, do not give this crazy person any more publicity. She is undeserving of your wit and creativity.

  7. Zuleika

    She needs to get her story straight. If you have no plans of becoming famous and disapearing from the spotlight, don’t be on the cover of a magazine. If she ever does make a reality show I assure you, I will never watch it.

  8. razzle dazzle

    I dont like her. Not one bit. Somebody needs to take those babys away from her because she obviously has some type of mental imparement. I wish the babys well and i hope they can survive a crazy lady for a mom. Lol she is almost like the crazy cat lady…but with kids!

  9. @ Razzle Dazzle yeah I think ur right!!
    Btw who is Robert and Nikki?

  10. Mr. Gyllenhaal

    She makes me pretty sick!

  11. Jadedkitten

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  12. anna

    SICKO!

  13. Amy

    L&S: Are you going to do a reality show?
    Nadya: Absolutely not! I have no interest in being famous. I’d love to vanish from the public eye as soon as I can.

    Bwaaaaaahaaaaaaahaaaaaa, what a liar!!!!!

  14. Adrienne

    I love how you refer to the 8 beautiful newborns (that everyone seems to forget about) as being part of a “freak show”. Nice. Remember when being gay was grounds for being called a “freak show” or do you forget how that stung (I don’t imagine that you do, so why “pay it forward”, when what you’re passing on is hurtful)? What if these kids read this 18 years from now, how do you think that will make them feel? Yes their mom is messed up, but leave them out of it. When writing about this kind of issue, you should write it like those babies are looking over your shoulder. Even if you exclude them from the supposed freak show, they will still read such comments about their mother, how do you think THAT will make them feel? Furthermore by continuing to write about her, you are feeding the situation that you claim to believe is wrong, unethical, immoral, whatever.

    Time to practice what you preach, Trent.

    • @Adrienne — if you seriously think that I am attacking the babies you are sorely mistaken. whether you like it or not, the environment that Suleman has created out of all of this has turned into an utter freak show — which has no bearing on the children at all. while your fervent defense of the babies is admirable, your attacking my opinion is unfounded. you are free to believe what you wish, as am I. I never pretend nor claim to be perfect. I stand by my opinion on this and I won’t apologize for it.

  15. Corey

    It’s ridiculous that she said she had to work 16hr work days and save for years just for the first in vitros…. um… thats probably the cheapest part about having a child!!! Shouldnt she have saved all that money to give her first 6 children a nice, healthy lifestyle and a good education?? This woman needs some seriously help

  16. Corey

    yah, and sorry about the typos… I’m tired :P

  17. Krissy

    If she had to work that hard for the “first 4″…what about the remaining 10? (all of her children are the result of invitro, remember). She is such a shady cat. I only hope that when she finally goes completely bonkers that she doesn’t taker her children out with her. I really wish they would be given to foster families. There are so many wonderful people waiting to adopt!

  18. Vada

    Let’s give her what she wants and STOP TALKING, EMAILING, READING, BLOGGING, even THINKING about this horrible woman. Please.

  19. kittycatastrophe

    Why aren’t the older 6 kids ever featured with the octuplets? I mean, it was when people found out that she had 6 kids already that all hell broke loose. My suggestion is that people don’t buy any magazines that she’s featured in which lessens her value to them. She isn’t making profit or generating sympathy from being mentioned on websites which lessens the likelihood of her getting a reality show offer. This new mag push smells like someone trying to jumpstart interest in her situation since it has died down considerably.

  20. tatiana

    Real Talk, the more I read about this woman, the more uneasy I feel. Whenever shes out, you NEVER see her with the kids. WHOSE TAKING CARE OF HER KIDS? There’s NO WAY she and her parents can take care of 8 newborns by themselves, and homegirl looks like shes sleeping well. Im really worried for her children.

  21. Courtney

    @Adrienne, seriously? Stop reading the blog. Nadia is a freak show, end of story. Her babies have nothing to do with it. I was forming my response to your rude, inappropriate post in my head but Trent defended himself before I got to jump in. You are so ignorant.

    I can’t believe this woman is saying she wants to get out of the public eye…then why is she on the cover of a magazine? Why does she continue to have babies that she knows she can’t afford/take care of properly? This woman needs help. I fear for those poor babies every single time I hear about them. I’m surprised they weren’t taken into foster care the second they were released from the hospital. Maybe that’s what should have happened.

  22. Dana

    She looks like Mrs. Potato Head.

  23. Irma

    If she doesn’t want to be in the public eye, why is she granting these interviews? Hypocrite.

  24. How can a person manage to compare a woman on welfare purposely having 8 kids and putting them in harms way for 10,000$ makeup, to your struggle as a gay person? Its amazing how people can find a way to make everything about themselves xD

  25. Vishaal

    Um…what happened to her face?

  26. Val

    As long as she’s not counting on government assistance to pay for anything, I don’t care what she does. But if we’re getting stuck with the medical bills while she’s rollin in $$ from her little schemes, I’ll be pretty pissed.

    You can bet I won’t watch her show or support any sponsors of her ventures.

  27. Kate

    Something is not right. First thing is the house is quiet and serene huh?? Come on with 6 older children and 7 babies yet no noise. What is she giving them, that house should of been full of laughter and babies crying. I hope someone will do no notice drop bys to see if she is doing okay with the kids. “Sounds” like she is giving them something to make them ALL TIRED one would think that with a house full of kids lets remind you again 6 older children and 7 babies yet the house was quiet and serene nope something is wrong and I hope it is check out soon.

  28. Ally

    Trent, I love your blog, but I really wish people would stop featuring her. Please, let’s all just ignore her and let her sink into obscurity. I feel like with all this coverage we are just encouraging some other crazy person to do this and that’s insanely unfair to all of the children (not to mention all of us as tax payers).

  29. robin

    Another magazine I will not buy…..

  30. zoe

    SHE’S SO SCARY!!!!
    why am I the first to scream it??
    gawd, lookit that face. if that’s not the face of a desperate self-conscious needy hypocrite, I don’t know what is.

  31. kittkatt

    I actually heard somewhere(radio maybe? I don’t remember) that she was going to do a reality show. However instead of being about the family like that John&Kate+8 one it’s going to be about her search for love and how hard it is to get into the dating scene with 14 kids. “Octo-Bachelorette” anyone?

  32. kittkatt

    Disgusting!

  33. danna

    She continues to discuss me! 14 kids?! One is autistic, two others have speech delays… and that is not counting the newborn octuplets!!! How is she going to afford special education services?!

  34. jessica

    obviously she was on the magazine to settle everything straight, not to be famous, i don’t get why everyone’s so pissed off at her like people settle down, it’s her decision to have a big family, and she didn’t expect she would have 8- she thought she’d at most have one kidd…

  35. Stacy

    “I’d love to vanish from the public eye as soon as I can.”….hahah! yeah, thats why you are doing so many interviews, right! ok, i see…

  36. sushshaf

    for all the people who are complaining about the financial aspect of her depending on state and federal handouts i would think that you would support any sort of reality show that gave her some income and allowed her to look after her kids and get professional help.
    who cares if she did or didn ‘t have plastic surgery. how many americans do and they are not criticised to this level?
    why would anyone want to take the kids from her? do you honestly think she is going to sign adoption papers? no the worst thing would be for them to go into foster care. you can be sure that both her and her father would fight to get them back. did you see oprah? he loves his grandkids and wants to be with them. the family would fight to get them back and the kids would be back and forth until they are 18. what sort of life is that? and if they do go into foster care the state has to pay for it anyway! what a stupid arrangement. nadya doesn’t have any substance abuse problems. the kids are well cared for. there have been no complaints from teachers or neighbours. the one neighbour who did complain to cps was found to be unfounded. so she is actually a good mother. even her mother, who criticised her said she was a good mother. give her a break!

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