Octomom Documentary: 'I Screwed Up My Life'
The Octomom is ready for her prime-time TV close-up.
Nadya Suleman, or the Octomom, got her nickname after giving birth to octuplets in a Los Angeles hospital January this year. Before having the eight newborn screaming babies surrounding her, she already had six other children, aged two to seven. Now, she is officially an unemployed, single mother of 14 children.
Suleman will be featured in a Fox special, "Octomom: The Incredible Unseen Footage" that will air tonight at 7. The special includes footage shot by RadarOnline.com, which has been granted full access to Suleman since March 2008.
In a two-hour documentary to be screened tonight the 33-year-old said: "I screwed myself, I screwed up my life, I screwed up my kids' lives...What was I thinking?...What the heck am I going to do? I have to put on this strong face, and I have to pretend like I don't regret it...I cannot regret it now because I have them and they are here but what was I thinking?"
Mike Darnell, Fox's head of alternative programming, said,
"It really shows the surrealness of what she's experiencing, right from the point of bringing the first two babies home to a 1,400-square-foot home. We're inside the car with her. It shows what her relationship is like with her parents, where there's an enormous amount of conflict. ... We see eight screaming children on a bed while six others are running around."
Suleman is scheduled to be a part of a BBC-produced reality show that will start filming in September 2009.
A British production company has also filmed a fly-on-the-wall documentary that could earn $250,000 (£150,000) for her children over the next three years and the same amount for her, prompting allegations that she is cashing in on her offspring.
Suleman conceived all her 14 children through IVF. She and her children now live in a new $600,000, two-storey, 2,583 sq ft, four-bedroom property in Modonna Lane, Los Angeles.