<p><span></span>Where there's a group of kids, there's bound to be chaos. But nothing prepared <strong>Angela Suleman</strong> -- mother of "Octo-mom" <strong>Nadya Suleman</strong> -- for the destruction caused by Nadya and her 14 children, who left her home wrecked and her life in ruins. Angela invited <em>Life & Style</em> reporter <strong>Rachel Teitelbaum</strong> to her Whittier, Calif., house on July 9 to see the damage for herself. There, in an exclusive interview, Angela opened up about the emotional -- and financial -- pain Nadya and her family have caused her. "My house is in shambles," Angela says. I'm so disappointed."<br />
The smell of sour milk from an old spill permeates the air throughout Angela's modest three-bedroom home. In the living room, clothing, books, toys and papers are scattered everywhere. Doorways are scratched, the walls are covered with crayon and there's Silly String on the ceiling. The sofa is torn and full of holes. The bedrooms, bathrooms, yard and garage are in equally disastrous shape. The entire mess, says Angela, stems from a 2-month period beginning in late 2008 when she cared for her daughter's six older children while Nadya was in the hospital getting ready to have her octuplets. After the babies were born and released from the hospital, Nadya brought them back to Angela's home, where Nadya stayed until her house -- a brand-new 2,500-square-foot four-bedroom abode -- was completed.
Angela doesn't seem to think the kids, who ranged in age from 2 to 7 at the time, were the problem. Instead, she blames Nadya for not teaching them how to behave. "There isn't much discipline, unfortunately," Angela says. "Half the time, she didn't know what they were doing." When Nadya finally moved out, she left the home in tatters for her mother to deal with. "Everything here could eventually be cleaned up," Angela notes. "But I'm an old lady with a bad back. I'm not cleaning up after them."
For more photos of Angela's trashed home, pick up this week's issue of Life & Style, on newsstands now.
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