Nadya Suleman, the mother who sparked national controversy after recently giving birth to octuplets, is in the thick of a backlash from media outlets who claim her actions were an attempt to emulate the lifestyle of actress Angelina Jolie.
Jolie, of course, has been lauded for her charity work and ever-expanding family with Brad Pitt, which consists of three adopted children and three of her own. Pitt – who was married to Jennifer Aniston but left her after working with Jolie on the film "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" – is not married to Jolie.
Though Suleman has fourteen children, she is also unmarried. She does not, however, have a partner. MSNBC says they can’t "help but wonder if Suleman has a ‘Single White Female’ thing going on with Jolie, since not only does she seem to want to look like her, she also seems to want to be a baby tree like her, too." Jolie and Suleman do share a slight physical resemblance in their long, dark hair and plump lips, which are "huge and may be the result of aggressive fat grafting," writes one cosmetic surgeon on his blog.
But despite the possible similarities, critics say Jolie and Suleman are different in one crucial respect – their income bracket. While Pitt and Jolie make millions on the films and make money by placing pictures of their babies in gossip tabloids, Suleman is struggling to profit from her story. Reports claimed Suleman tried to get $2 million for each interview (two in total) that she gave to NBC’s Curry this week, but NBC claims she was not paid.