A 24-year-old British woman named Louise Pollard recently agreed to act a surrogate mother on behalf of Omar bin Laden, who is one of Osama bin Laden's estimated 20 children, and Omar's wife Zaina. But now Pollard, giving a tell-all interview to the local Bristol Evening Post, has a surprise announcement: She's not just carrying Osama bin Laden's grandchild; she's carrying his twin grandchildren.
Pollard is joining an eccentric branch of an already strange and sweeping family tree. Omar, who is 29, traveled with his father to Sudan and Afghanistan in the 1990s but left in 2000 over objections to Osama's life of violence. He has since consistently denounced his father. In 2006, he married Jane Felix-Browne, a 54 year old British grandmother who had legally changed her name to Zaina al-Sabah, now Zaina bin Laden. Their marriage was Omar's second and Zaina's sixth. They began searching for a surrogate mother and decided on Pollard, whom they gave 10,000 British pounds to be artificially inseminated, which did not succeed until the third attempt. In 2007, they briefly divorced under circumstances that remain unclear. Zaina claims the incident was staged by Omar at the beginning of his mental decline.