Lynette Rice
February 06, 2009 AT 05:19 PM EST

Looks like those new publicists have come in handy: Nadya Suleman, the infamous mother of 14 kids from Whittier, Calif., has given her first interview to NBC News’ Ann Curry. The exclusive interview will air Feb. 9 on Today and on Dateline the next night. NBC reportedly confirmed that it is not paying for the interview.

NBC just released the following excerpt from the interview with Suleman, who already had six children under age 7 before she gave birth to eight more:

Curry: “How did an only child end up with 14 children?”
Suleman: “That was always a dream of mine, to have a large family, a huge family, and … I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I … I really lacked, I believe, growing up … I didn’t feel as though, when I was a child, I had much control of my environment.  I felt powerless.  And that gave me a sense of predictability.  I … reflecting back on my childhood, I know it wasn’t functional.  It was pretty … pretty dysfunctional, and whose isn’t?”

Suleman made worldwide headlines when she gave birth to octuplets last month. She finally checked out of the hospital today, though the newborns remain hospitalized.

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