Octomom, otherwise known as Nadya Suleman, is soon to go on welfare, according to Radar Online, who reports that the unwed mother of 14 is getting low on funds since no network wants to air a reality show of her raising her large brood of children and no publisher is, as yet, willing to publish her book. Quoting sources close to Suleman, it’s alleged that the Octomom will be back on welfare very soon.
Was welfare inevitable?
The cost of raising a child in its first year averages between $11,650 and $13,530 for a two-child, two-parent household, according to the USDA. Multiply that by eight, and Nadya Suleman was already facing a steep bill for her eight bundles of joy when she gave birth to them in early 2009. Now, compound that with the costs of rearing her previous six children and it was painfully obvious the moment the news of the octuplets hit the news wire that Suleman was in over her financial head.
Since Nadya Suleman was not already independently wealthy, had no rich sugar daddy willing to take her and her bustling brood on, and had no winning lottery ticket for millions of dollars, the panacea for her money woes was to pursue the Kate Gosselin approach and try to land a reality TV show to help pay the bills.
If Kate Gosselin can get a show (even after breaking up with Jon) then why not Nadya Suleman?
Kate Gosselin of Jon & Kate Plus 8 fame is now a single mother. Though she has six fewer children than “Octomom” Nadya Suleman, she is able to bring home the bacon with her own reality TV show (sans Jon), TV appearances (such as on Dancing With The Stars), and a few book deals, while Suleman got nowhere on landing her own show, despite the fact that America has followed the train wreck of her life on sites like Radaronline.com and in magazines such as Star with as much zeal as they have followed the divorce of Jon and Kate. If America is so obviously interested, then why can’t she sew up a book deal or land a show?
Comparing the two women, their lives are very similar. I wonder, though, if Nadya Suleman were perky and blonde like Kate Gosselin, would we be watching her on TLC too?
Radar Online, retrieved 9/17/2010: Exclusive: Octo-Mom Nadya Suleman Going On Welfare
Expenditures on Children by Families, 2009 (published June 2010), USDA, retrieved 9/17/2010