Five revelations from 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman's New York Times interview

Almost 10 years after she made headlines for giving birth to octuplets, Nadya Suleman is speaking out about her life today and the mistakes she made in her past.

The woman known as Octomom, 43, spoke to The New York Times on Saturday, December 15, a few weeks before the six boys and two girls, conceived via in vitro fertilization, turn 10 in January. “They’re the only surviving eight octuplets in the history of mankind,” she said proudly.

Suleman, who has six other children, also through IVF, told the newspaper that she is writing a book that she has been working on for 13 years. “That’s why I want to do this interview,” she explained. “I’ve been writing this manuscript since graduate school.”

Read on for five revelations from her interview.

She and her 14 kids live in a three-bedroom townhouse in California.

The Times reports that the octuplets, who are small for their age, are polite, and like their mom are vegan. Like their siblings, they help out with the cooking and because there are so many in the household, they eat in shifts, while some sleep on the couch.

See what her kids look like now:

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She has been left with painful injuries from the pregnancy.

“I was misled by my doctor,” she told the paper of being implanted with so many embryos by Dr. Kamrava, who has since lost his medical license in the U.S. and left the country. Suleman, who stated that she turned to IVF because she couldn’t conceive naturally, said she didn’t know she was carrying so many babies and had only wanted twins. The pregnancy took a heavy toll on her body, stretching her belly out so much that it broke her ribs. “My back is broken because of the last pregnancy,” she said, admitting that the injury was made worse by years of running half-marathons. “I have irreparable sacral damage. And I have peripheral neuropathy. I haven’t felt my toes on my foot on the right side for many years, and my fingers are numb all the time every day. The pregnancy caused it.”

She is honest with her kids about her past, which includes drug abuse and a sex tape.

Suleman, who battled an addiction to alcohol and Xanax for two years, spent time in rehab in 2012. “When you’re pretending to be something you’re not, at least for me, you end up falling on your face,” she said of her sudden fame, which saw her appear in a 2012 sex tape, Octomom Home Alone. She claimed to The Times that her manager forced her to do the video by threatening to report her to welfare for fraud. “We talk about everything,” she said of discussing her past with her brood. “They know, they went through it with me. It’s a huge weight lifted off of all of them when I went back to who I was. We were struggling financially, but it was such a blessing to be able to be free from that. Those were chains.”

She doesn’t date.

The full-time counselor, who told the newspaper that she relies on government assistance and “international photo shoots,” insisted that she “never wanted the attention” that came with her record-breaking pregnancy. She revealed that she isn’t seeing anyone and doesn’t have contact with the men who fathered her children. One man was the sperm donor for the octuplets and she said that “maybe the kids will meet him at 18.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Nadya Suleman (R), also known as 'Octomom', appears in Superior Court with her attorney Arthur J. La Cilento for arraignment January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Suleman is charged with receiving $16,481 in welfare payments illegally. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Nadya Suleman (R), also known as 'Octomom', appears in Superior Court with her attorney Arthur J. La Cilento for arraignment January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Suleman is charged with receiving $16,481 in welfare payments illegally. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Nadya Suleman (R), also known as 'Octomom', appears in Superior Court with her attorney Arthur J. La Cilento for arraignment January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Suleman is charged with receiving $16,481 in welfare payments illegally. (Photo by Al Seib-Pool/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 08: TV personality Nadya Suleman (R) stands onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 08: TV personality Nadya Suleman (R) stands onstage during Spike TV's Guys Choice 2013 at Sony Pictures Studios on June 8, 2013 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Spike TV)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: (2L-R) Bianca Del Rio, Nadya Suleman, and Milan attend 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman Celebrity Roast at XL Nightclub on October 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Nadya Suleman attends 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman Celebrity Roast at XL Nightclub on October 12, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Norfleet/Getty Images)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman attends the Celebrity Pillow Fight press conference and weigh in at Fox And Hound on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: (L-R) Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman, Celebrity Boxing promoter Damon Feldman and Shila from The Chio Morning Show attend the Celebrity Pillow Fight press conference and weigh in at Fox And Hound on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman blows a kiss at the Celebrity Pillow Fight Press Conference and Weigh In at the Fox And Hound Pub and Grille on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA - JUNE 22: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman poses at the Celebrity Pillow Fight Press Conference and Weigh In at the Fox And Hound Pub and Grille on June 22, 2012 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman appeared today on 'The View.'. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) NADYA SULEMAN, SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELISABETH HASSELBECK
WOODLYN, PA - FEBRUARY 15: Nadya Suleman poses at the Female Pillow Fighting Press Conference at Warehouse 24 on February 15, 2012 in Woodlyn, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 05: 'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses backstage at the FilmOn 'Celebrity Fight Night' at Avalon on November 5, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/FilmMagic)
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - AUGUST 19: Nadya Suleman attends the Celebrity Boxing Match Press Conference on August 19, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images)
Octomom Nadya Suleman arrives at her 36th birthday party at the House of Blues Parish Room on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman attends Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman and all of her children attend Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Octomum Nadya Suleman and her large family plus helpers launch their signature Milkshake at 'Millions of Milkshakes' on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Toby Canham/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Nadya 'Octomom' Suleman attends Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Tiffany Rose/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Nadya Suleman Launches Her New Milkshake at Millions Of Milkshakes on November 10, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/FilmMagic)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agreed to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USD and a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agreed to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USDand a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agree to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USD and a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
'Octomom' Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, California on May 19, 2010. Suleman who has been facing possible home forclosure agree to display a banner for Peta who offered to give her $5,000 USD and a month's worth of free veggie dogs and veggie burgers. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Television personality Nadya Suleman enters the John F. Kennedy International Airport on February 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 25: Television personality Nadya Suleman leaves her Upper West Side hotel on February 25, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
THE VIEW - Nadya Suleman (a.k.a.'Octomom') makes her first-ever guest appearance on 'THE VIEW,' Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010 (11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, ET) airing on the ABC Television Network. VW10 (Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC via Getty Images) BARBARA WALTERS,NADYA SULEMAN
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24: Television personality Nadya 'Octomon' Suleman walks in Midtown Manhattan on February 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 24: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Nadya Suleman leaves her hotel February 24, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
PEOPLE OF THE YEAR -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- NBC News' Matt Lauer speaks with the most fascinating, inspirational, heroic and notorious figures of 2009 (Photo by Justin Lubin/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LA HABRA, CA - JULY 26: Nadya Suleman sighting on July 26, 2009 in La Habra, California. (Photo by Headlinephoto/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LA HABRA, CA - JULY 26: Nadya Suleman sighting on July 26, 2009 in La Habra, California. (Photo by Headlinephoto/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: (R) Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Nadya Suleman sighting at a local park on May 06, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
***EXCLUSIVE*** Nadya Suleman aka Octomom sighting at Ralphs on April 22, 2009 in Whittier, California. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LA HABRA, CA - APRIL 01: Nadya Suleman aka Octomom with her child sighting at local park on April 01, 2009 in La Habra, Californina. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Nadya Suleman sighting at leaves her home on March 10, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
**EXCLUSIVE** Nadya Suleman sighting at Target shop on March 4, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Jason Mitchell/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nadya Suleman, Ann Curry -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Airdate 02/10/2009 -- Pictured: Nadya Suleman -- In an exclusive interview, NBC News' Ann Curry sat down with Nadya Suleman in her first interview since giving birth to octuplets last week. The exclusive interview will air on 'Today' on Monday, February 9th and 'Dateline' on Tuesday, February 10th at 10pm (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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She doesn’t often go out with all 14 kids.

The family’s day begins at 6:20 a.m. with her driving the kids to school in a Ford E-350 Super Duty van. After school there’s cleaning and chores, with the kids helping out with cooking, and then the clan is in bed by 8:30 p.m. On Saturdays they have family fun nights with vegan junk food in front of the TV. Her eldest daughter, Amerah, 16, told The Times that the 15 of them seldom step out together. “She’ll get anxiety, everyone staring, so she’ll take whoever’s behaving the best. There’s ups and downs.”

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