Mother-of-fourteen Nadya ‘Octo-Mom’ Suleman appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday (April 25) to discuss her thoughts about the recent controversy that ensued after photos of her “filthy” California home were leaked online, resulting in a visit from police and Orange County Social Services.
The pictures were reportedly revealed by Nadya’s hairdresser. The woman also brought forth allegations that Nadya would lock her children in a room by barricading the door closed, would force her kids to relieve themselves in the backyard and would spend her public assistance income on expensive hair treatments at the salon.
“We were set up,” Nadya responds on the show.
In response to her children being forced to go to the bathroom outdoors, Nadya claims it was a temporary necessity given the fact that the toilet was broken. She also adds the children were relieving themselves in little potties.
Although Nadya says the hair dresser “thought it was unacceptable that they’re half-naked going potty,” she also says that she wasn’t leaving her children unattended to and unsupervised during the outings outside.
“I mean mom is out there, come on.”
Addressing the barricading of the door incident, Nadya claims the blame falls on one of her older children.
She continued to justify spending her dollars on expensive haircare by claiming she’s “making money” and “can afford it,” adding she uses the public assistance to pay for the children’s haircuts.
“I’ve been using the media to pay the bills,” she says. “Any offer, now, is to take care of my kids.”
As for the nickname ‘Octo-Mom’ and her image as an unfit mother, Nadya says she is ready for it all to go away.
“I hate ‘Octo-Mom,’” she says. “I wanna’ take a freaking sledgehammer and crack her in half. That is some freak that they created in the media. I need it to be done.”
Nadya recently appeared in the pages of Britain’s Closer magazine, posing in some nearly nude photos and claiming, “I have to do what I have to do to take care of my family, and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed at all … I’ve never sacrificed my morals and values.”
Nadya is mother to Elijah, Amerah, Joshua, Aiden, twins Caleb and Calyssa and 3-year old octuplets Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Jonah, Josiah, Jeremiah and Makai