How Natalie Suleman Left behind the 'Octomom' Life

Playing Octomom on Motherhood and Fame

Almost a decade has passed since "Octomom" first made headlines and she and her children came to The Doctors to discuss how the mom transformed her life for the better.

Natalie Suleman, who was formerly known as Nadya and gave birth to octuplets in 2008, told us, “I never set out to become an Octomom. I was just young, dumb and selfish.”

Watch: 'Octomom': What You Haven’t Heard

After her infamous birth, Natalie turned to exotic dancing and porn as a way to make money feeling as though she had no other options. She said she understands why there was such a negative image in the press, telling us, “There’s nobody possibly who could have hated Octomom more than I.”

Looking back on her past life, Natalie described it as “trash, toxic, tabloid, train wreck… that’s all I perceive Octomom to be.”

Watch: The Untold Story of 'Octomom'

The mother of 14 – she had 6 six children prior to giving birth to her famous 8 – said she was able to give up her old life and move on. “I just let it go, I abandoned Octomom and I never looked back… I have put it to rest,” she explained

The proud mom added, “My kids are amazing and thriving. They are really excelling in school and in sports.”

Natalie, who has moved out of the spotlight and works as a drug and alcohol counselor, explained why she came forward to speak out now after all these years. “My history was haunting us… I knew it was directly hurting my family. I had to protect them,” she said, explaining that despite the changes she made, people still perceived her in a negative way, but she hoped coming forward will help the world see her as someone else.

In more from our past exclusive with Natalie, her adorable eight kids – Jonah, Nariyah, Josiah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Noah, Jeremiah and Makai – joined the panel. See more with the proud mom and her family in the video below, where she reveals her approach to parenting and discipline.