Nadya Suleman with one of her babies
Facing public outrage over revelations that she supports her family with the help of food stamps
and claims that she is fixated with Angelina Jolie
, Nadya Suleman tells PEOPLE that she's turning to "a greater strength" to cope with her sudden notoriety.
The California mother of octuplets says she hopes the media frenzy will soon die out and allow her to focus on raising her eight new babies, born Jan. 26
, along with her six older children. "Next week it will be okay," she tells PEOPLE, peering outside at a group of reporters camped in front of her Whittier, Calif., home. "No one will be out there, I'm hoping."
Suleman also rejected claims that she is obsessed with Jolie. "All lies. I have no interest in her. None," she says. "I've never been a fan of anybody famous. Now I kinda have a taste. But it's not being famous – it's being infamous. It's a nightmare."
Jolie's rep said reports that the actress received letters from Suleman are untrue.
Meanwhile, Suleman's mother, who last week
in a televised interview called her daughter's decision to implant six embryos "unconscionable," appears to be softening her stance. Angela Suleman, who helps care for her grandchildren, appeared on CBS's The Early Show
Monday calling her daughter "a good mother."
"I did [resent Nadya], but you know, you can resent your daughter for just so long, and then you see that she's trying so hard to take care of these children, and she's a good mother," Angela Suleman said on the program. She added that their current living conditions – Nadya and her children all live in a three-bedroom house with Angela – will need to change when the babies are released from the hospital.
"I'll have to do something to help her get another [house]," she said.
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