[UPDATED with "Babies Disgust Me" Audio:] Octomom Nadya Suleman Hates Her 14 Kids
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.
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.
|The answer to the question, "Who is Kristen Johnston, again?"|
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.
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.)
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.''