Nadya Suleman (now known as Natalie Suleman) rose to fame in 2008 when the media found out that she had successfully been impregnated via in vitro fertilization and was due to give birth to octuplets in late January 2009. She was dubbed “Octomom” by the media and immediately received negative attention and criticism for having six other children (also born via IVF) and not having the monetary means to care for all of these (soon to be fourteen, total) children.
Her seeming obsession with being compared to actress Angelina Jolie and her desire to be an actress only helped to fuel the fire in the court of public opinion. Now the octuplets are nine years old (where does the time go?) and seem to be doing very well. We’re glad that Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah (sometimes spelled as Nariah), Jonah, Makai (sometimes spelled as Macai), Josiah and Jeremiah are in good health and smiling but we couldn’t help but wonder if Suleman has any interesting rules that she makes her fourteen children follow. So we looked around the internet and found these fifteen rules that Octomom must make her giant brood follow based on her outrageous history.
15. FORGIVE AND FORGET MOM’S PAST
Suleman claims that she has explained some of the elements of her rather scandalous past to her children and she insists that they are understanding about their mother’s reasons for why she chose to participate in some of the questionable stunts. Some of these actions that have landed her in the news include accepting $5,000 from animal rights organization, PETA, to put a sign on her property that encouraged people to spay and neuter their animal companions so their dogs and cats don’t become animal versions of “Octomom” aka herself.
Once, she accepted a phone interview for a San Diego radio station and when asked to recite all of the names of the octuplets, the new mother said that she was really tired and it was too early to do so. These are just some of the many cringe-worthy actions that Octomom claims her children forgive her for. Forgive and forget! (Source: PETA)
14. DON’T TELL OUTSIDERS ANYTHING OR RESPOND TO THE PUBLIC ABOUT “OCTOMOM”
Suleman’s stories have changed several times throughout the years and it only stands to reason that when there are more people added into the mix, there is a higher chance of other conflicting angles to stories coming out. In Suleman’s case, there are fourteen chances of the media getting fourteen possibly differing opinions on their mother’s stories.
So it just seems natural that Suleman would instruct her children not to talk to media about anything personal or to answer any direct questions. She most likely would not want her older children to answer any questions or to give their personal opinions about elements of the things she has said in the past. Her older children include the eldest child, Elijah, 17, daughter Amerah, 16, Joshua, 15 and Aidan, 14. Her other children excluding the octuplets include 12-year-old twins, Caleb and Calyssa. (Source: DailyMail)