The 33-year-old mom who gave birth to octuplets recently wants to set the record straight about her new digs in the southern California community of La Habra.
Earlier this week, it was widely reported that her father had stepped in to purchase her a $565,000 home, rescuing her from homelessness as banks prepared to foreclose on her mother’s house. Not so, says Nadya Suleman, who hasn’t missed a day of making news since giving birth in late January.
"I earned it. ... No, my father did not purchase this house for me. I did it on my own," she told Radar magazine. At 2,583 square feet, “it's 1,000-square-footage bigger than the old house," she said of her new four-bedroom, three-bath home in a cul-de-sac with manicured lawns.
So how’s she paying for the house?
"My ultimate goal is not to be a burden on ... taxpayers. So, there have been a couple of offers. ... I selectively picked a couple of opportunities to earn some resources for the kids."
She said her older children – she had six before the octuplets were born – “like it more than Grandma's house.” Six of the newborns are ready to come home, she said, noting that they would come home two at a time. "Two are little and they need to gain weight, and that's it. There's no medical problem," she told Radar. "I'll probably be sleeping one to two hours ... which is what I'm getting now."
Kaiser Permanente hospital representatives inspected the home in preparation for the babies, Radar reported online.
Suleman has been blasted by the public after word got out that her octuplets were conceived through in-vitro fertilization and that she was collecting public assistance for some of her 14 children. In Georgia, Republican state Sen. Ralph Hudgens has proposed a law that would limit the number of embryos implanted into a woman.
"She is not married," Hudgens said. "She is unemployed, she is on government assistance, and now she is going to put those 14 children on the back of the taxpayers in the state of California."