Octo-Mom: "Student Loans" Will Raise Kids

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    One of the eight babies the world has been waiting to see.

    Not only is "Octo-Mom" Nadya Suleman currently living on food stamps, but she also intends to use student loans to care for her 14 young children.

    The latest shocking revelation comes in a fresh excerpt of her interview with the Today show's Ann Curry.

    “Do you have any income at all?”  Curry asked Nadya Suleman during her exclusive interview with the 33-year-old mother.

    “At the moment, no,” Suleman replied, adding that she intended to use student loans “temporarily” to pay for her family’s care.

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    The Today show has the first video of Nadya Suleman with her sought-after group of tiny tots. (Published Monday, Jul 6, 2009)

    “Right now, you don’t have an income to provide for your children?” Curry repeated.

    “Probably just with the student loans,” Suleman said. “I am providing for my children. I am. And that will probably run out by the time I go back to school. So I have my own way. It’s an alternative way, but it works.”

    Meanwhile, the first pictures of the California octuplets were released Monday along with the revelation that Suleman is on food stamps.

    In the Curry interview, Suleman had said she was not on welfare, but her publicist Mike Furtney said later that she receives $490 a month in food stamps.

    She also receives disability payments for three of her six previous children, but Suleman did not want to disclose the nature of her children's disabilities or the nature of those payments.

    Furtney says that in Suleman's view, the payments are necessary for her family's legitimate needs.

    "I believe that God will provide in his own way," Suleman said in the  interview. She claimed she will depend on the help of her mother and the generosity of volunteers.

    But her mother is of a different mind.

    "The truth is Nadya's not capable of raising 14 children," said the octuplet's grandmother, Angela Suleman in an interview posted on radaronline.com.

    Angela Suleman says her daughter's compulsion for more children is a burden on her. She called her daughter's actions "unconscionable."

    "She already has six beautiful children. Why would she do this?" the grandmother of 14 said. "I'm struggling to look after her six. We had to put in bunk beds, feed them in shifts and there's children's clothing piled all over the house."

    Nadya Suleman's publicist Mike Furtney said that his client has been away for nearly two months, so shouldn't be held responsible for the home's current condition.

    Furtney said his client planned to move into a larger home once the octuplets were healthy enough to leave doctors' care.

    He declined to comment on any of the remarks Angela Suleman made about her daughter in the interview. The remainder of the interview will air on Tuesday's Dateline NBC.