Photo Credit: Closer Magazine
Nadya Suleman -- better known as Octomom, for giving birth to eight babies at once -- is doing whatever she needs to do to keep her family afloat, even if that means posing nude. The mother of 14 has gone topless (though tastefully covered) for a photo shoot in the U.K. magazine Closer. And, according to TMZ, she did it for the modest fee of $10,000 -- so that she can pay first and last month's rent on a new apartment for her family.
"I'm doing that (posing nude) because I need to feed my kids," Suleman, 36, said, according to TMZ. "I need to pay the bills. And I'm still very cognizant of the repercussions of my choices."
The reason? The site says that Suleman's house is just days away from foreclosure, and will be sold at an auction Thursday. So Suleman was in desperate need of some cash, and turned to Closer to get it. Even so, Suleman still considers herself to be "such a good mother."
"The kids have structure and discipline and only eat healthily, they don’t know what candy is!" Suleman laments about her lack of media praise in the Closer cover story. "I've done a really great job with them. I don't get any credit."
And Suleman insists that she doesn't owe her slim figure to plastic surgery. (In fact, she claims the only cosmetic surgery she's had is a breast reduction at age 17.)
"I just pinged back into shape like a rubber band after the (octuplets), I don't know how I did it. I eat like a horse, don't count calories and have never owned a set of scales," she says. "I gained an entire human when I was pregnant with the octuplets, going from 10 stone (140 lbs.) to over 19 stone (266 lbs.), but two months later, I was a size 8 again. Now, I never weigh myself."
Still, she definitely did work out after her babies were born. Suleman claims that she started doing 50 situps a day only two weeks after her C-section, and now has become a fitness fanatic with a weekly regimen that includes hitting the gym for three two-hour stints in addition to running 40 miles. And, she says, she's been getting recognition for it.
"I get too much male attention, but I won't date until the octuplets are 18 -- I live for them," says Suleman, who claims she's been celibate for the past 13 years. "I know a lot of women like male attention, but I'll go out with no makeup on and wear tracksuits, a wig and even a fake pregnancy stomach to put them off."
So much for that new dating reality show that was supposedly in the works! Even though she says she won't date for the next two decades or so, Suleman isn't saying no to love forever.
"I wouldn't rule out a relationship in the future," she says. "But now, when men look at me, I look away and they know not to approach me. I know I'm beautiful -- I don't need a man to tell me that."