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"Octomom" Files Bankruptcy: Looks at Porn Career to Make Ends Meet

Posted on May 10, 2012

It is not unusual for celebrities to file bankruptcy; Just look at Gary Busey. It even happens to those who fall into celebrity by being "famous for being famous." That is certainly the case with the April 30 filing of "Octomom" Nadya Suleman. After riding high on the wave of notoriety for being the spokeswoman for in vitro fertilization, she now faces being broke and homeless.

According to a story posted by the Associated Press on May 4, 2012, she is "on the verge of losing her home and declaring bankruptcy this week with total debts as high as $1 million to everyone from her parents to her baby sitters to the water company." The article goes on to say that "the house where they have lived the past two years in the suburbs of Los Angeles is going on the auction block [May 7]."

The ones really suffering here, though, are her 14 children (the 3-year-old octuplets, and six other children ranging in age from 5 to 10). Even though child welfare officials are quoted as saying, "it's not illegal for families to be homeless, to live in dirty homes or even in their cars, as long as that doesn't place their children in danger," one does have to wonder whether, at some point, they will be taken from her.

Like many celebrities who end up filing bankruptcy, she went from having everything to having nothing. In January of 2009, she gained notoriety for being the first woman to give birth to octuplets that all survived. Then came the offers for book and movie deals, reality TV shows and hordes of free baby products.

This didn't last too long when it became known that she was a single mother on welfare. Her income came from welfare, food stamps, student loans and her parents. At the end, upon hitting rock bottom, she started subsisting on things like posing topless for a British magazine and trying to negotiate a deal to make a pornographic movie.

We have all heard the expression, "Oh how the great have fallen." Here, unfortunately, the person was never great by any terms worth measuring, but she certainly has fallen. Since she started out on welfare the fall for her may be to something familiar. But her children may well be the ones who suffer most through no fault of their own.

The question here is whether this bankruptcy was something that could have been avoided (not possible for most Americans who file) by a more responsible use of her celebrity to better herself as well as life for her children. At this point, we will never know.

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Steven J. Richardson
Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.