Mother who had 21 IVF babies says ‘it’s hard to talk about things of joy’ as husband is in prison
A former stripper, who’s had 21 surrogate babies with her millionaire husband before he was arrested on charges of money laundering, has revealed she struggles to focus on joyous things as she still hopes for his return from prison.
Kristina Ozturk, 25, who lives in Batumi, Georgia, spent more than €168,000 on surrogates between March 2020 and July 2021, and spends more than €90,000 a year on 16 live-in nannies.
She had one child from a previous relationship when she met her husband, Turkish businessman Galip Ozturk, 57, who owns the bus company Metro Turizm, on a holiday. The couple married and set out to have 105 surrogate babies together.
These plans were put on hold after Galip was arrested on charge of money laundering and falsifying documents in May. He already had fled Turkey in 2018 after an appeal court approved his life sentence related to a murder back in 1996.
The mother-of-22 revealed in a heart-breaking update on Instagram that she is still hoping for Galip’s safe return and added it has been hard to keep their Instagram page going since her husband’s arrest.
Kristina Ozturk, 25, who lives in Batumi, Georgia, with her 22 children, said she finds it hard to post happy updates on social media while her husband Galip Ozturk, 57, is awaiting his fate in prison after being arrested for money laundering in May
Galip already had fled Turkey in 2018 after an appeals court approved his life sentence related to a murder back in 1996
‘Many of you have noticed with the events happening in our family, it’s been harder for me to keep the page,’ she said in a post shared on her social media channel, where she counts 228,000 followers.
‘It’s hard to talk about some household things or joys when all thoughts are far away and busy just waiting for my husband to come home to us.
‘I’m sure that day will come soon, but in the meantime, I just want to say thank you so much for all your support and kind words,’ she added.
Opening up about her husband’s problems with the law earlier this year, Kristina admitted she couldn’t ‘stand his absence’ in another post.
The couple spent more than 168,000 euros (£142,000) on surrogates between March 2020 and July 2021, and spend $96,000 (£67,700) a year on 16 live-in nannies
Writing in an emotional Instagram post, Kristina said she ‘can’t stand’ Galip’s absence and does not know what the future hold for her
In late May, The Mtavari TV channel broadcast footage of special forces raiding Galip’s hotel in the coast of Georgia after his arrest.
Galip’s arrest was confirmed by Georgia’s Finance Ministry spokeswoman Nato Natroshvili in a statement.
In an emotional post shared on her Instagram account on June 9, Kristina wrote: ‘The feeling of loneliness does not leave me even with such a large number of close people around.
‘I’m used to my husband always being at home, always around. Since Galip has been working exclusively from home for the last few years, we spent time together constantly during the day. At night, when the children were put to bed, we chatted incessantly.
The couple, who had been working from home since the pandemic, spent all their time together, Kristina said
The mother-of-22 says she can’t stand the silence she faces at home following Galip’s arrest (pictured with their children)
In another post shared in early June, Krisitina admitted she struggles to explain the situation to the children she and Galip share
‘If I went to Tbilisi or Istanbul, we chatted on the phone for hours, all night long.
‘Now it’s more difficult than ever for me, I can’t stand silence, I can’t stand his absence, I can’t sleep and wake up alone, I can’t see his empty workplace… I can’t see his smile, I can’t hear his voice, I can’t feel his embrace.’
Shortly after Galip’s arrest, Kristina admitted she struggled to explain what had happen to her oldest daughter Vika.
The parent – who reportedly lives in a three-storey mansion with her family – previously said she and Galip opted to use surrogate mothers because they wanted to have as many children as quickly possible.
Their first child Mustafa was born on March 10 2020 while their most recent addition, and 21st child together Judy, is just three-months-old.
Kristina Ozturk, 24, has welcomed 21 surrogate babies in just over a year with her millionaire husband (pictured together)
The parent (pictured centre) – who reportedly lives in a three-storey mansion with her family – previously said she and Galip opted to use surrogate mothers because they wanted to have as many children as quickly possible
‘I can tell you one thing – my days are never boring. Each day is different, from planning staff schedules to shopping for my family,’ Kristina told Fabulous in happier times.
Kristina, who spends £4,000 a week on essentials for the babies, including 20 large bags of nappies and 53 packs of baby formula, shares updates about her hectic life to her Instagram account, where she has 224,000 followers.
Her snaps capture busy mealtimes, the mother playing with the children and the babies being taken out for walks in a group of double prams.
In a recent Instagram Q&A, she explained the family’s routine, revealing that during the week, the children eat separately from their parents, as father Galip is home late from work, reported Fabulous.
The couple’s nannies work a rolling schedule of four days on, two days off and all live-in, with bedrooms near the youngsters and their own kitchen.
When asked on her social media account if each nanny is ‘assigned a particular child’, Kristina said: ‘No, there are no bindings. During the day – of course, a specific one is responsible for a specific child. But during the week the nannies change.’
One fan questioned if the mother was able to ‘spend quality time’ with each of her many children, to which she replied: ‘Many times I have been asked how I have enough for each child, whether I devote time alone to each.
‘Yes. We have a special bond with every child. I wish every parent to be able to spend all their time with their children, because this is the most important thing in life.’
Kristina and Ozturk’s babies are Mustafa, 19 months; Mariam, 18 months; Ayrin, 18 months; Alisa, 18 months; Hasan, 17 months; Judi, 17 months; Harper, 16 months; Teresa, 16 months; Huseyin, 16 months and Anna, 15 months.
As well as Isabella, 15 months; Ismail, 14 months; Mehmet, 14 months; Ahmet, 14 months; Ali, 13 months; Kristina, 13 months; Sara, one; Lokman, one; Galip, 11 months; Olivia, nine months and Judy, three months.
The mother-of-22 previously revealed she and her husband have discussed having over 100 children, saying: ‘I don’t know how many there will eventually be, but we certainly don’t plan to stop at 10.’
Kristina who is originally from Russia, was a single mother when she decided to take a break by going to the sea in Batumi.