Heads never cease from being turned when an oddity is presented and Nadya Shulman was a real oddity when she hit the scene back in 2009. Let’s go back on a little trip to 2009. Things were much different then. One of the popular shows at the time was Jon and Kate Plus 8. The show was a huge buzz and it featured a mother who had six kids at once. Nadya Shulman saw the kinda fame having a bunch of kids could gain and she had plans upstage Kate and have 8 kids at one time. Here are some facts about her.
The world was introduced to Nadya Shulman when she popped out eight kids at once. Those eight little faces kind of had a way of outshining Nadya’s other children. She had six kid prior to the eight. She has all together ten boys and four girls. What made her such a controversial figure at the time was that she couldn’t even take care of the six kids she had. She was unemployed and living off of food stamps before she had the eight.
What’s even more bonkers is that she didn’t have any of these kid naturally. They were all had via an IVF. She started these procedures when she was twenty one back in 1997. She then had her first child in 2001. She had another child in 2002 and more that followed. It was in 2008 that she went a little overboard. In 2008 she pleaded with her doctor, Dr. Michael Kamrava to put all the remaining embryos into her final treatment. We’d like to note that he’s been her doctor since 1997 and has since been expelled from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine.
Who was Nadya Sulman though. She has only ever been defined by the large amounts of children who have attached themselves to her. Who was the woman back when she was twenty one and without a parade of children walking behind her. Well, she was actually a regular California girl with a bright path before her. She had a bachelor’s degree from California State University in the field of child and adolescent development.
Many question and probe for a reason as to why she’d have so many kids. It sounds horrible. Not only for her, but also the children. Was she after fame? Was it the attention she desired. Was she thinking on an ill mind? She’s given an answer to this question, but many wonder if it’s actually true. Nadaya has been quoted saying that. “Looking back, I’ve always coveted that connection, that attachment to another being. And the connection felt safer with children than with a significant other, more predictable,” said Suleman. “The security — I was hungering for the security.”
Who exactly is the father? That’s a question on everyone’s mind. Is there some poor sap that comes home from work and hands over his complete paycheck to her? Nope. The father is donor by the name of David Solomon. He produced the works that created all fourteen of her children. At least according to her. She claims the two dated back in the day, but there wasn’t a real connection, but he’d be perfect for kids. No can be sure if this is true as Nadya’s father stated that it’s all a lie and that the real father is a complete unknown.
Some might wonder if Nadya is still using food stamps to keep her and her fourteen children’s heads above water. Nope, the days of treasuring the food stamps have come to an end for Nadya. She makes all her cash now by making her children appear on television. When asked, she had stated. “We’re surviving. We’re so busy going, going, going, moving, moving, moving, trying to keep up that you don’t have time to think, to reflect, to feel anything. And it is a choice. I own all of the responsibility for my poor choices in the past.”
Nobody has to sit around and wonder how this mom is still piping hot after having so many children. In fact you compare her to how she looked before she had any kids, we’d say she looks even better. It all comes down to plastic surgery. She’s had her nose and lips done. She’s had cheek implanted and has probably had some work done her body. We have to wonder where she got the money for this.
Nadya decided to give all her children names that were straight out of the Bible and this goes for every single child she had ever had. The eight babies go by Noah, Jonah, Josiah, Jeremiah, Nariyah, Maliyah and Makai. Her other children go by Amerah, Calyssa, Elijah, Joshua, Aidan and Caleb. Her name shockingly isn’t religious. It actually comes from a French background.
When asked if she regretted her decision, Nadya was quick to save face and state. “You can’t regret children. But the choices were childish. They were immature. They were selfish. Are we defined by our choices? Our behavior? Our actions? No. I don’t believe that defines our worth. I feel as though I wasn’t thinking at that time,” she went on. “If I could go back, would I make different choices? Maybe. At this point, I know and I need to teach my children that we need to learn, we need to grow, we need to keep on growing and transcending, and we need to make the best possible choices. And when we make poor choices, all you can do is really, really learn from that and grow from that. Try not to repeat it.”
Having that many kids paid off for a pretty minute. During her fifteen minutes of a fame she had a networth of one million dollars. She was making headlines, giving interviews and flashing a baby wherever she could find a camera. She held nothing back. Today she has lost it all and has even filed for bankruptcy. Her home in California has been foreclosed on. Sadly even her parents have suffered as a result of her choices. They had to have their home auctioned off and they now find themselves in debt as a result of helping their daughter.
Now that the damage is done, Nadya is finally opening her eyes to the wisdom that she should have grasped after having kid number 1. When asked if she would ever like to have more kids. “At this point in my life, that is the furthest thing that I would ever even imagine,” she said. “I cannot grow additional eyes or hands. I’m not an octopus. I can barely give them — nobody could, not two people, not four people even could give them — all the emotional, psychological and physical needs. You can’t possibly.”
With Nadya’s fifteen minutes of fame clocking out and the dollars running low, she decided to jump right into the adult entertainment industry. Anything to get some eggs and bacon on the table. She was quite the success when it came to adult entertainment. Her first movie, Octomom Home Alone was a huge hit. She won an AVN award that year for Best Celebrity Adult Tape. In order to keep the fridge full, Nadya also danced at adult night clubs.
She didn’t get into the adult industry because it seemed like a fun job, she did it out of pure desperation. She was nearly homeless and needed to keep up a household. Her house was already foreclosed at that period and things were looking dim for her. In the end this shows just how far a mother is willing to go for her children. Sadly things took a downhill turn from there.
In 2014 when she had stopped working in the adult industry and lost it all, the tax companies got a hold of her. She had failed to report her earnings for the year and this wasn’t the first year that had failed to report this. She was then taken to court and pleaded a no contest to welfare fraud. She was taken from her work as a mom and was assigned to do 200 hours of community service.
If you take into consideration her circumstances, she really is proving to be a decent mom, even when she has to deal with a handful that would break most. When asked about her ups and downs she stated. “I will do anything in my power to secure what I need to, on my own, without exploiting my children, to secure revenue so I can provide that,” she said. “I know that sounds selfish, but I breathe for my children. I wake up for my children. I will do anything to secure the revenue on my own to provide for these kids.”
Most importantly a recent quote has shown that she doesn’t glorify or think herself cool for doing what she has done. “I fully exploited and dehumanized myself with the [adult video] and the stripping. I was so desperate we were on the verge of homelessness, so rather than put my kids in front of the camera I decided to put myself out there. The consequences of exploiting myself was deep toxic shame and self-disgust. To continue, I had to numb — and that’s when I started with the prescription [medication].”
Her self-exploitation didn’t end with breaking the law and performing in adult movies. She even took punches for her kids. Back in 2011, she and bunch of other D-list celebs decided to thrown blows for bucks. She practiced boxing and took it to the ring with all her little ones watching the front row. It’s no secret that everyone of those celebs embarrassed themselves. You can find this on Youtube.
Nadya is in fact a vegan. She eats a strict vegan diet and only buys organic for herself. Despite being hard on money and just making it, she doesn’t buy the cheap stuff at the market. Despite being vegan, she does not enforce this lifestyle to her children and they get normal childhood foord of McDonalds. She has been seen in many drive-thru ordering burgers for her children while slamming down a green shake.
Whereas she once stated she had no regrets about having all these kids, she has spoke in another interview where she hints that she does. “If I knew then what I know now they wouldn’t be here. What was I thinking? I’m not a maternal person. It’s hard for me to be attached to anyone which is why I’ve been celibate for 13 years. I’m asexual and have no desires at all. So all that energy goes on the kids.”
Although it was a huge part of their lives, the kids never liked the cameras on them. Especially the paparazzi. Over the course of the years the kind learns to accept that this what their life was made of and they had to accept it. The director of the documentary on Nadya’s life stated that the kids used to hate him. He’d be coming with his camera crews and the children would be shouting at them to go away. Eventually the kids grew to love them.
Although she claims to not want the fame, Nadya has always clung to it with desperation. Only two weeks after giving birth, she made herself up and stepped up for an interview with NBC. Not long after that she showed up on Dr. Phil. After appearing on Dr. Phil she signed a contract with RadarOnline. It allowed the company to come into her house daily with cameras and give updates on her.
According to psychologist and popular TV personality Dr. Phil, he suspects that Nadya suffers from Pollyanna Disconnect. This means that she rushes into things without taking into consideration the consequences of their actions and are optimistic about something they know nothing about. He apparently decided upon this as she was right in front of him on the show.
Some will argue that the Octomom had no consideration or real care for anyone in her family when she decided to have more kids. She already had six when she got the last IVF done. One of those kids was majorly disabled. She couldn’t even care for the six, she was getting constant support from her family and living off of food stamps. With these eight kids, Nadya has taken everything her parents ever worked for.
The struggling mother has gone on to say that she is completely vegan and 100% natural. She doesn’t believe in taking any kind of medication. Although everyone has their weakness. Everyone’s favorite mom is absolutely addicted to Xanax. She didn’t abuse it but would take it once a day. She couldn’t do interviews or work in any movies without it. She has since gotten over the habit and recalls her Xanax days as some of her darkest.
Xanax came into her life back in 2012. She was mentally caving in due to the stress of raising her family and keeping up with the media attention. It was in October of that year that she checked herself into a rehab center for people who were struggling with stress, anxiety and depression. It was there that they gave her Xanax and she became instantly addicted. For awhile it completely took over her life.
She has since dropped the name of Nadya. It hold bad memories for her. She has changed her name to Natalie. She has turned her life around and is now trying to stay on a much brighter path. The days of stripping for cash and selling herself for money have washed away completely. She since been trying to go back to her roots in helping people make the right choices in their lives. Who better to advise people on how to be successful?
She soon realized after having fourteen children that she actually influences their behavior. Who would have thought? It’s the reason why she had to change her life path. She was living fast in the adult entertainment world and she noticed her daughter Amerah acting like her and starting down what she considered to be a very destructive path. It was at that point that she decided she had to make some big changes.
Amerah was Nadya’s oldest child. She had seen it all and has actually grown up while her mom was the center of attention. In this quote she recalls life after her mom gave birth to the eight. “In the beginning, it was very difficult,” she said. “I had so many people asking questions and I was like, ‘She’s my mom. She’s no different than anyone else.’” She had to quickly ditch her childhood and grow up to help her mom. She at times felt like she was doing more for the children then her own mom.
Let’s take a look at the octuplets today. At first glance they look like absolutely normal kids, but who can be sure of anything. The eight-year-olds all attend the same school and for the most part are thriving. Being born and raised into a house of fourteen can’t be the easiest thing. Imagine if you will the constant noise. Child services have been on the case since day one and assure constantly that the kids are living in good conditions.
The octomom has been accused many times over by visitors that they kids were being kept in harmful conditions. The octomom had a hairstylist over and she said the conditions were appalling. The children were reported being dirty and the house a mess. When she tried helping Nadya, Nadya refused. When child services arrived a cleaning crew was making their way out. None of what was reported was spotted.
One has to question what Nadya was like before she had the children, the surgeries and the career in the adult film industry. Was it her parents this bad path, probably not. She recently took to social media post a photo with her father and a family friend. This what she wrote under the picture. “The unconditional love I have for my children began with learning how much I was loved by my family.”
“Every day I wake up around 5 and get the kids ready for school,” she says. “I work with Aidan, who’s 11 and is disabled, to get him ready, and one of my twins [Calyssa, 9] is autistic so I give her extra nurturing and attention. Then are four school drop-offs!” She said about her two kids who are disabled. These are two of her older children, not any of the eight that made her famous.
Since we’ve met Nadya, she has always been in pretty good health. Slim and in some clips even beautiful. This wasn’t always the case. In her younger years she was known have a few pounds on her. Just how does she manage? Truth be told, most of her free time is spent away from her children and at the gym. Her thin structure has also been linked to her substance abuse. I suppose to some looks come before all.
At first glance there is nothing disturbing about this picture. Then you find out that Nadya was at the start of pregnancy. “Calyssa found this pic today and asked if she was in my belly with Caleb here. I was only three WEEKS (nearly one month) pregnant with the little 8! I started showing by 3 days.” Can you imagine how hard it must have been to carry all eight of those children, the weight alone must have had her sitting all the time.
Nadya wasn’t always a single woman with a small army of children. She was once married to a man named Marcos Gutierrez. The marriage last from 1996 to 2008, but the the two actually separated back in 2000. He was very put off by the fact that Nadya couldn’t have kids without getting a IVF. Lucky for him, he made a good move and divorced her. Looking at her situation now, he wishes the best of luck to her.
Nadya isn’t exactly loved or respected by societies respect talk show host. In fact many of them thought she was both a horrible person and mother. Oprah had Nadya on the show twice and on both shows demonized her. Dr. Phil has called her a terribly selfish individual for carelessly bringing new lives into her already unstable reality. Gloria Allred was also had nothing positive to say about Nadya.
Nadya is no stranger to social media and she doesn’t hold back how much she loves her eldest daughter, Amerah. On her birth she posted a picture of the two together and left this caption. “Dear Amerah, One of the most important lessons I try to teach you all is that every person that crosses your path is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind, compassionate, and patient with people always; and aware that sometimes the brighter the smile the deeper the suffering. By looking at your beautiful smile no one could imagine the struggle you face, that we all face, daily…”
Seeing as her kids have reached the age of eight, she has about 10 more years before she makes her freedom. We are quite positive she’ll make it. Despite a bumpy road that led her from boxing, divorces, to stripping and adult entertainment. She had even beat drug addiction. She is now healthy, strong and searching for normal work. It can only get better for her from here. The storm has calmed.
Although Nadya’s story is extreme compared to most. She isn’t completely unique. In fact plenty of girls are having copious amounts of children without having any logical concerns. Do they have the money and time to support and give these kids a proper up bringing? It’s a question that doesn’t enter their minds. Sometimes the desire for a big family can influenced by things like religion, other times it is linked to mental issues that go back to the mother’s childhood.