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I Didn't Want to Go on Welfare ...


4/1/2012 3:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0401_octomom_videoOctomom tried her best to avoid going on welfare, but she says "becoming totally destitute" forced her hand ... temporarily. 

As TMZ first reported, Nadya is getting $2,000 a month from the State of California, which can only be used on food. 

We spoke to her at her home today, where the mother of 14 said she's hoping she only needs the assistance for a month or two at the most.

Octo has been receiving death threats since the news of her welfare broke, but she feels people should be directing their anger towards those who are abusing the system and not at her. 

Plus if she doesn't get some help, we might see more pics like these. Lesser of two evils ...


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Protozoa, it's not a loan. That's how they send benefits in CA. Instead of a check they just keep putting money on the card. BTW about her corporation, I don't about food stamps but with unemployment, someone can have thousands of dollars in their savings and still receive benefits. They don't take into account the amount of money a person has in their savings, they only have to show they aren't making an income. Knowing this nut, she probably has tons of money hidden for herself and doesn't want to use it. She sees her kids as something separate and uses any benefits she can get out of CA.

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I'm pissed at her, but at this point what can be done? It isn't those kids fault their mom is a nutcase. They need to have food and shelter. It is a tough call. On the one hand I kind of wish they'd take them away from her. On the other, that would cost us taxpayers even more money if they went into foster care.

943 days ago


I didn't want to go on welfare either so I wasn't selfish and decided not to have children if I couldn't afford them.
Oh well, her story brought in ratings for a while. Some people just do what ever it is they want to no matter who it will hurt.

943 days ago

Cognizant _illiberal    

People and octomom herself are ignorant if they think foodstamp benefits are not welfare welfare is a social effort designed to promote the basic physical and material well-being of people in need. To think it is only called welfare when it is money benefits which octomom also receives by the way, it is all welfare.

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TMZ is 100% responsible for this woman getting harassed. Its almost like they want to shame her publicly for needing assistance. This is beyond celebrity news, this is a public humiliation. Good job *******s. She isn't a criminal, and getting welfare doesnt make someone a bad person, but you've done enough to prove otherwise. Leave her alone to find a way to support her kids, without the worry of being thrown into the gallows.

943 days ago


Anyone else wondering why she has a yard fountain inside her house?

943 days ago


Fraudya will open her mouth to anyone with a mic. She didn't have to answer her front door when TMZ came knocking. But dare Octoscam miss an opportunity to generate media attention for her narcisstic self. It's ALL ABOUT NUDYA.

943 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Just like the Lilo H8turds.......... Screw Wall Street, I'd like be Occupying CA right now!!!!!!!!!

943 days ago


We should be directing our hate towards other people? REALLY?! You don't even have a job! YOU'RE abusing the system!

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So because she decided to have kids she couldn't afford her kids should suffer and starve to death to make you all happy? How selfish of you to say you shouldn't have to pay for hers or any kids for that matter food when you know Nadya has been struggling and has tried so hard for 3 years to stay off food stamps? Like life, jobs are not promise to any of us, ask Rosie O'donnell who just lost hers on OWN and is now selling her home. You that are employed today complaining about Nadya situation don't realize you could be jobless and broke tomorrow and may very well find yourself in Nadya position. Don't tell me you would not lean on these benefits provided for you and yours to survive until you find employment again? Times are hard everywhere, even for the rich, you read TMZ and other sites uploads all the time about rich celebrity's now having to sell their homes, homes going into foreclosure, going broke, bankruptcy and fighting over child support unable to pay it, can't find employment etc. Everybody has problems they didn't encounter or expect. Nadya just happened to be one of those people... she's no different, she's human like you and I. And I refused to look down my nose at her as if I am any better then she is, because the truth is... Yes I can admit it not afraid to, I would be the first at the welfare county office if it was me in that position. Sometimes you have to swallow and put aside your dignity and pride for the good of your family and that is what Nadya is doing. I personally think she's good people, she generally loves her kids or she would not be going through all this helladrama humiliation with the evil public over feeding her kids with food stamps. She would have gave up 3 years ago if she didn't care about her family or they weren't making her rich. She would have put them up for adoptions or let them get lost in the foster care system along with millions of other abandon, neglected children if she didn't care about hers. But no, no matter what you say about Nadya you can never say she abandon or neglected those kids of hers. She's in this fight for survival right along with them every step of the way.

FYI-- putting the kids in foster care is not the solution to every problem. You'll still be paying for these kids upbringing regardless. Food/clothes/medical and everything else. In fact, you'll be paying more to their foster parents and to the State to take care of each of them not knowing if your money is going directly to these kids or if these kids are being neglected/abuse by the strangers they are place with... It's a horrible chance some parents don't want to take imo. Much cheaper for the kids to stay put with a mother who already loves them unconditionally whether she's struggling or not.

943 days ago


FOOD STAMPS ARE WELFARE!!! The government giving monetary assistance to your family IS WELFARE!!! She has admitted in the past to collecting WIC - and is most likely still on that program too. Let's face it folks, she has not worked a J-O-B since 1999. Who do you think is paying for those kids?

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You can tell who the welfare cases are on the site, the ones sticking up for her must have their own similar situation and can relate. Not hating, just observing. :D

943 days ago

Tiredofthe BS    

No, you didn't have to go on welfare, because you DIDN'T need to have 15 kids.

943 days ago

Rogue Warrior    

Child Support, Welfare, what's the difference??????

943 days ago


WOW nobody saw this comming. no job and 14 kids

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