'It's Only Temporary': Octomom Defends Her Decision To Go On Welfare (VIDEO)

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She once vowed she would never get on government support, but now Nadya "Octomom" Suleman is eating her words -- with the help of welfare.

The 36-year-old mother of 14 sat down with TODAY show anchor Matt Lauer on Thursday morning to defend her controversial decision to start accepting food stamps. 

"I feel ashamed, but who cares how I feel. It's 100 percent about my children," Nadya said.

"I still am working as hard as I possibly can to support them I made that call [to go on public assistance] reluctantly."

She insisted that the welfare was only temporary, which led Matt to ask whether she'd consider pornography in a bid to get off the assistance. Her answer: after the jump.

"I won’t touch other human flesh," the Octomom told Laurer.

"The only flesh I’m touching is my own. I would never, never accept anything. I will not lose my grip of my deeply indoctrinated morals and values."

That's inevitably surprising to some, considering the octuplet mother posed nearly nude for UK magazine Closer recently. 

She added, “Every choice we parents make is going to significantly affect our children for the rest of our lives. It’s going to haunt them forever. I have to be the ultimate positive role model.’’

What do you think? Is it okay for Nadya to receive public assistance?

HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell weighed in on the issue exclusively for Celebuzz. She leapt to Nadya's defense -- see what she had to say in this video, below.

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