“You wanna know how much I got?” Suleman, 36, asks Anderson Cooper on his talk show Anderson airing March 30.
“I got $8,000. I have to do what I have to do to take care of my family, and I’m not ashamed. I’m not ashamed at all … I’ve never sacrificed my morals and values.”
In fact, Suleman says she does not consider the nearly-nude pictures to be racy.
“I am covered. I had to think about that. I reflected on that quite a bit before choosing to do it,” she tells Cooper. “I discussed it with my children openly.”
Still she admits, “I’ll be honest, I did it for money.”
Suleman says she’d rather pose nude for a magazine than bare it all for a man she isn’t seriously dating.
“I do wholeheartedly believe you need to be fully, fully in love with another human being before you give your body to that person,” she tells Celebuzz. “I would need to be with someone for years, not months, for something to manifest into anything more. I don’t even touch my own darn self unless I’m washing with soap!
As for her financial situation, Suleman admits to Cooper that she’s “struggling” with mortgage payments and has to move because of it, but says she does her best to keep things light at home with her large family.
“I don’t feel it’s appropriate to burden [the kids] with that kind of stress,” she says. “I do my best to have life for them every day as happy as possible. We play, we enjoy the moments we have together and that’s all that really matters.”