Washington, Feb 6 (ANI): Nadya Suleman, the mother of the recently delivered octuplets, has said that she wanted a big family to make up for isolation of her childhood.
In her first interview after giving birth to eight children, Suleman, 33, who was already a mother of six, told NBC's Ann Curry that she had a dysfunctional childhood and being close to her kids could help her get over that.
"That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family, and - I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I - I really lacked, I believe, growing up," Fox News quoted her as telling NBC News.
She added: "I didn't feel as though, when I was a child, I had much control of my environment. I felt powerless. And that gave me a sense of predictability. I - reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn't functional. It was pretty - pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn't?"
NBC News spokeswoman Megan Kopf said Suleman was not paid for the interview.
Since giving birth to the octuplets, Suleman, whose 14 children were conceived by in vitro fertilization, declined to speak publicly.
And she has come under criticism from TV and radio commentators, bloggers and others who have accused her of irresponsibly having more children than she appears prepared to care for.
In fact, many have accused her of having the octuplets in an effort to cash in with a TV or book deal.
Although her publicists acknowledge she is reviewing such offers, one of her friends said she simply loves children and didn't get pregnant for profit. (ANI)