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Octuplet Mother on Why? 'That was Always a Dream of Mine... a Huge Family'

Nadya Suleman, mother of the octuplets
Nadya Suleman talks to Ann Curry
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The mother who gave birth to octuplets last week has finally gone public. Nadya Suleman, 33, of Whittier appeared on NBC's TODAY for an exclusive interview revealing a lot more about her:Ann Curry: "How did an only child end up with 14 children?"

Suleman: "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 really lacked, I believe, growing up," she replied.

Curry: "Describe what you felt you lacked within,"

Suleman "Feeling of self and identity. 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. Reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn't functional. It was pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn't?"

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Suleman admitted that she had depression and suicidal thoughts when starting a family, but also feels the public has been unfair to her.