'Octomom' Files for Bankruptcy, Owes $30K in Rent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Santa Anna, CA (AP) - "Octomom" Nadya Suleman filed for bankruptcy Monday, saying in a court filing that she has as much as $1 million in debt.

Suleman wants a fresh start and said in a statement that filing for bankruptcy is what's best for her children, according to the Orange County Register ( http://bit.ly/IDaiOh ).

"I have had to make some very difficult decisions this year, and filing Chapter 7 was one of them," Suleman said.

The La Habra mother of 14 reports up to $50,000 in assets in federal court filings, which means she owes more than 20 times her net worth.

Suleman is filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which means a court-appointed trustee would liquidate her assets to pay off creditors before she is discharged from most of her debts.

Among others, Suleman owes money to her father, the city's water department, DirecTV and Whittier Christian School, where at least some of her children are students.

Suleman also owes more than $30,000 in rent payments on her four-bedroom house.

The home's owner, Amer Haddadin, says his own credit has suffered as he allowed the home to go into foreclosure proceedings by not making the mortgage payments.

A foreclosure auction that was scheduled for Monday has been postponed for a week.

Suleman was in financial dire straits before the January 2009 birth of her octuplets brought her notoriety.

She lived with her mother in a three-bedroom house in Whittier that was in foreclosure proceedings at the time of the octuplets' birth.

The unemployed single mother had been supporting her six other children with the aid of food stamps and Social Security disability payments - sources of income that she continues to rely on.

Since the birth, she has cut deals with media outlets and posed in tabloid photo spreads to get by, touting a book and exercise videos that never materialized.

She earned $5,000 for promoting spaying and neutering for an animal rights group and was paid to take a beating in celebrity boxing matches.

In 2009, Suleman declined a million-dollar offer to appear in pornography.

Last month, semi-nude photos of Suleman ran alongside a paid interview in a British publication - a photo spread she defended in the tabloids, saying she wasn't ashamed of it.

All Suleman's children were conceived through in vitro fertility treatments. Her octuplets are the world's longest-surviving set.

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  • by Chicken Gutz on May 4, 2012 at 06:07 PM
    Cuckoo is as Cuckoo does.
  • by mismanaged on May 1, 2012 at 11:22 AM
    Bad decisions abound with this woman. Saw the house on the news she has let the children spray paint all over the walls on the inside and out of the home. She was just in the news for paying her hairdresser $525 to do her hair. Hmmm...$525 for her hair but can't afford to pay for water and other essentials??? On food stamps and welfare. Gentle men and ladies this is called "The Fleecing of Americans" we are all paying for her bad judgements in fat chuncks every month while she has no job. She is a waste of space and air.
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 10:11 AM
    WoW. Only one comment bashing this woman for having kids that she can not afford? Where are all the messages stating how she only wanted these kids for a check? Where are all the people who say she is spending our tax dollars? Where are all the people who mention that she don't know who the daddy is for these mega-multiple children? Where are you?????????
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      by SNA on May 1, 2012 at 04:15 PM in reply to
      Everyone is bashing this idiot but yet you make it a racial issue. Thanks for keeping hope alive!
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        by Anonymous on May 2, 2012 at 11:24 AM in reply to SNA
        Who mentioned race? Is she not having kids she can not afford and collecting welfare, or is she not spending OUR tax dollars, or does she know who the daddy is for these kids? Which one of my statements mentioned race??? NOT ONE! I don't care what race she is, she is doing what I said she was doing. Now tell me I am wrong.
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    Please make her go away!!
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 08:27 AM
    Why should she not have to pay her bills? She created this mess on her own and should have to pay them like anyone else. I guess she can not pay them with the welfare checks she gets for all these kids.
  • by NOMNOM on May 1, 2012 at 06:37 AM
    How can she afford a bagel?
  • by observer on May 1, 2012 at 06:17 AM
    This thing should move in with Sarah Palin - they deserve each other.
  • by Dee on May 1, 2012 at 06:14 AM
    The doctor responsible for this nonsense should have to support these kids.
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      by Chicken Gutz on May 4, 2012 at 06:09 PM in reply to Dee
      LOL, but does octomom know how many continents there are. And btw, hoodrat steve, do you?
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      by yep on May 6, 2012 at 04:19 PM in reply to Dee
      Totally agree. He shouldn't have done the procedures for someone not financially capable of supporting these poor kids. Make him pay for raising them as tho he's their dad...cuz in a way he is.
  • by Sonny Location: Fl on May 1, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    How many chances is this Idiot going to get .Take the kids away away from her while they still have a chance to have a normal life
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2012 at 05:04 AM
    This is a shame, but this woman has more children than functioning brain cells apparently.
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