Suleman, 36, has declared that she was not ashamed to pose almost nude for the British women’s magazine Closer, because a) the magazine’s audience is primarily women, b) she needs the money to raise her 14 children, and c) no one should be ashamed of their body, male or female.
According to Suleman, the spread is not sexualized, as it might have been had the shoot been for a male magazine. The gratuitous thrill factor in this particular series of pictures will no doubt lie in the curiosity and envy of fellow women who will ogle Suleman’s incredibly slim, three-years-post-octuplets body. How did she do it? She doesn’t know, she claims, her body “just pinged back into shape like a rubber band after the kids.” Believable? Hard to swallow that one, but Suleman swears she hasn’t gone under the knife, except the C-section one. Kate Gosselin had to have some reconstructive surgery on her belly after just her sextuplets, so it is difficult to imagine how Suleman’s skin just “pinged” back on to her washboard abs. See for yourself here.
“I eat like a horse, don’t count calories and have never owned a set of scales. I gained an entire human when I was pregnant with the octuplets…. but, two months later, I was a size 8 again. Now, I never weigh myself,” Suleman said.
Suleman already had six children born via IVF when she was implanted with the eight remaining frozen embryos she had in storage back in 2008. She says the implantation of the eight was a misunderstanding and resulted from signing papers she had not scrutinized carefully enough. Being very much pro-life, however, she refused to undergo any type of “selective reduction,” the term used for the procedure of selectively aborting some fetuses in a multiple pregnancy.
“I was grabbing my head and thinking: ‘Oh God, please God don’t let there be eight’ – but there was no way I could have aborted them, that would have been murder,” she explains in the interview with the magazine.
She subsequently gave birth to six boys and two girls, all of whom survived, making them the longest surviving octuplets in American history.
Nadya does admit to having started a regimen of sit-ups two weeks after giving birth, but otherwise maintains she got slim and healthy by running after her brood and eating a diet which consists mostly of fruit and vegetables.
Despite her good “ping-back” genes and a formidable reproductive capacity, Suleman says she is not looking for a man and has been celibate for 13 years. She says she is planning to add another 15 on top.
“I’ve been celibate for 13 years and plan to remain so until the octuplets are 18. I’ve only ever slept with two men,” she reveals. “The first was when I was 20 – we stayed in touch and he’s been my sperm donor, but we don’t talk now. The second was when I was 21. He was my boyfriend for five years. We tried for kids, but couldn’t conceive.”
For now, she is the sole caretaker of her many children, with occasional help from her mom and friends.
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