[UPDATE] Octomom On Welfare: How Much Money Is Nadya Suleman Getting? [VIDEO]
Octomom Nadya Suleman is back on welfare after vowing in July "I'm the one who got into [this financial mess], and I will be the one to get myself out of it." But she insists it was her choice to take public assistance this time around - and that it will only be temporary.
"Going through recovery was an important step for me to take," Suleman told the Huffington Post. "Although it set me back financially a little bit, it was worth it."
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"My choice to go back on assistance is only a temporary one," she said. "At this time my family needs the medical, dental and food assistance because it is so expensive."
The mom of octuplets said she would wean herself off government checks. But this week she signed up to start collecting $2,800 a month in welfare assistance. It seems the well has run dry yet again, despite all the stripping and boxing appearances her manager, Gina Rodriguez, booked for her this summer.
In July, Suleman insisted that she would do whatever necessary to make money, telling the Huffington Post: "[I] would do anything to provide for my kids."
Her friend echoed those sentiments, saying: "Nadya has been working very hard to support her children," her friend said. "She has made over six figures since she was at her very lowest point in March when she was forced to get [government] help. She has learned her lesson."
And yet it seems the woman who caused a public furor in 2009 when she conceived octuplets through in-vitro fertilization has lost her footing again. In 2009, Americans became incensed when they heard that Suleman, who already had six young children and was unemployed, had gone through in-vitro fertilization to conceive more children. At first, she denied receiving public assistance. But in April 2012 on the "Today" show she confirmed that she had, in fact, been accepting welfare checks.
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The 37-year-old mom of 14 started to beef up her bank account over the summer doing stripping and solo masturbation porn videos. "I'd be lying if I didn't say generating revenue wasn't a major reason why I did it, but I found the experience was empowering and liberating," Suleman told the Huffington Post in June.
It's clear, though, that Suleman has had trouble keeping herself on track. "She was prescribed Xanax for her anxiety attacks," her manager, Gina Rodriguez, told the Daily News. "She was not addicted to it. She has an overabundance of stress and exhaustion and wanted to deal with it without prescription drugs."
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