A former stripper who’s had 22 surrogate babies with her millionaire husband revealed she is facing an uncertain future after he was arrested for money laundering.
Kristina Ozturk, 24, 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 are now hanging in the balance after Galip was arrested on charge of money laundering and falsifying documents.
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 she now faces an uncertain future and loneliness, and that she ‘can’t stand’ Galip’s absence.
Kristina Ozturk, 24, from Batumi, Georgia, revealed on Instagram that her husband, Turkish businessman Galip Ozturk, 57, was arrested on charge of money laundering and falsifying documents in late May. Here, she is pictured with some of her 21 surrogate children, and the nannies who help to look after them
Galip already had fled Turkey in 2018 after an appeals court approved his life sentence related to a murder back in 1996
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 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
‘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.’
Shortlyu 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.
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)
‘I can tell you one thing – my days are never boring. Each day is different, from planning staff schedules to shopping for my family,’ said Kristina when telling the publication about her routine,’ 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.
In another post shared in early June, Krisitina admitted she struggles to explain the situation to the children she and Galip share
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.
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
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.
The popular tourism destination at the foot of the Caucasus is often referred to as the ‘Las Vegas of the Black Sea’.
Kristina, who is originally from Moscow, wants a staggering 105 biological children with her wealthy hotel owner husband Galip Ozturk (pictured together), 57, who she met while holidaying in the coastal town of Batumi in Georgia
The mother (pictured with some of her youngsters) insisted she’s still a ‘hands-on mother’ despite spending £67,700 every 12 months on 16 nannies
She said it was love at first sight when she met Galip, a property and transport magnate originally from Turkey, on the first day there, and described him as her ‘mentor, guide and fairytale prince all rolled into one’.
Agreeing it was love at first sight, Galip added: ‘She is so easy to be with, she always has a smile on her lips and yet at the same time is shy and mysterious.
‘She was the kind of wife I always wanted for myself, an uncut diamond where I saw what a pure and kind heart she had.’
Things progressed quickly for the couple, with Kristina and her young daughter Vika moving to Batumi to be with Galip.
Kristina said that despite the fact Galip was a lot older than her, and had adult children of his own, he had no objections to having a large family.
WHAT ARE THE UK SURROGACY LAWS?
In the UK surrogates are the legal mother of any child they carry, unless they sign a parental order transferring their rights to the intended parents when they give birth.
The birth mother always has the right to keep her child, even if they are not genetically related.
It’s illegal to pay a surrogate in the UK, except for medical expenses.
The couple agreed that they wanted as many children as they could.
Kristina said they were originally preparing to have a baby every year, however quickly realised that her reproductive ability was not enough to meet their demands.
They decided to use surrogate mothers, which costs around $9,707 each pregnancy.
The state of Georgia has allowed surrogacy since 1997 as long as the couple involved are heterosexual and married.
The child that is born automatically goes to the people who provided the genetic material for the conception, and the surrogate does not have any rights.
All of Kristina’s potential surrogates go through counselling and sign legal paperwork before becoming pregnant with children that are genetically from Kristina and her husband.
Only young women who’ve already had at least one pregnancy are chosen, and checks are made to ensure that they don’t have any bad habits or addictions before joining the programme.
The women are given psychological counselling to make sure that they are ready and prepared for the challenge, which will include giving up the baby when it’s born.
Kristina explained: ‘The clinic in Batumi chooses surrogate mothers for us and takes full responsibility for the process.
‘We are not personally acquainted with surrogate mothers and do not have direct contacts with them in order to avoid problems after pregnancy.
‘All communication takes place through the clinic, we only monitor health indicators, I make up a dietary menu for mothers so that the food is complete, I look at the test results.’
The pair have gone on to welcome many children into their brood, with Kristina explaining: ‘I gave birth to my eldest daughter Vika myself six years ago. The rest of the children are genetically ours from my husband and I, but were carried by surrogates.’
But the journey has not been straight forward for the couple, with Kristina revealing one of the surrogate mothers wanted to keep the child after it was born.
Because the babies are genetically from Kristina and her husband, the surrogate had no rights and had to hand the child over to the couple.
The couple want to have more children, and have discussed having over 100 babies, but have decided to wait until their babies are older before they embark on another surrogacy journey.
Meanwhile Kristina hasn’t ruled out giving birth to more babies biologically, but said it was ‘not practical’ at the moment with so many young children.
She pointed out that the IVF process is a big strain on the body and she doesn’t want to be pregnant while going through the treatment. She explained: ‘We are just not ready to talk about the final number. Everything has its time.’
The mother revealed many people assume she has an army of nannies, but she says she tries to spend as much time as she can with her large family.
Kristina claims to do most of the day-to-day childcare herself and makes sure she spends each day giving care and attention to her babies.
However she also admitted looking after such a large number of children at once has proven more difficult than she thought it would be.
Meanwhile Kristina also revealed she insists upon knowing what books are being read to her children and for what duration
In one Instagram post, she commented: ‘I spend the maximum amount of time with my children, but when I’m not with them, I control everything…
‘I teach each nanny independently when applying for a job – no amateur activity is allowed, the upbringing of children is strictly according to my instructions.’
Kristina said she ‘gives instructions’ on ‘what to read to children, in what order and at what time and with what duration.’
Meanwhile she explained she has a strict routine for dealing with children who are crying, revealing: ‘If the child begins to cry, I forbid you to take him in your arms.’ Instead she said the child should be ‘distracted’ in order to ‘calm down.’
The mother claimed she only feeds her children ‘homemade meals’ with ‘no purchased ready-made cans of complementary foods.’ She added: ‘Food is strictly according to grams – not a gram more, not a gram less.’
She also requires nannies take a photograph of each baby’s dirty nappy so that she can determine if the contents is ‘of a good colour and consistency’.
Kristina continued: ‘Each child has a diary that records ALL the details of his life – what we ate, how much we ate, how I slept, how I walked, how many went to the toilet, how many were crying, what changes happened with the body.’
After putting the children down to bed, the mother works on household chores like making sure the food is in, scheduling menus and health appointments.
She added that her eldest daughter often helps her to care for the babies and said she loves being around to help.