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"Octomom" files for bankruptcy, owes $30K in rent, up to $1M in debt

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman poses for photographers in front of her home in La Habra, Calif. on May 19, 2010. Getty

(CBS/AP)  Nadya Suleman filed for bankruptcy Monday, saying in a court filing that she has as much as $1 million in debt.

Suleman, dubbed Octomom by the media,  wants a fresh start and said in a statement that filing for bankruptcy is what's best for her children, according to the Orange County Register.

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"I have had to make some very difficult decisions this year, and filing Chapter 7 was one of them," Suleman said.

She told HLN, "I don't think you can get farther, deeper down into the rock bottom than we are at this point."

The mother of 14 reports up to $50,000 in assets in federal court filings, which means she owes more than 20 times her net worth.

Among others, Suleman owes money to her father, the city's water department, DirecTV, Sylvan Learning Center and Whittier Christian School, where at least some of her children are students.

Suleman also owes more than $30,000 in rent payments on her four-bedroom house.

Suleman was in financial dire straits before the January 2009 birth of her octuplets brought her notoriety. She lived with her mother in a three-bedroom house in Whittier that was in foreclosure proceedings at the time of the octuplets' birth.

The unemployed single mother had been supporting her six other children with the aid of food stamps and Social Security disability payments - sources of income that she continues to rely on.

Since the birth, she has cut deals with media outlets and posed in tabloid photo spreads to get by, touting a book and exercise videos that never materialized.

In 2009, Suleman declined a million-dollar offer to appear in pornography. Last month, semi-nude photos of Suleman ran alongside a paid interview in a British publication - a photo spread she defended in the tabloids, saying she wasn't ashamed of it.

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