(JTA) — The Brooklyn mathematics professor who gained notoriety after reports that he has offered his sperm for free and has sired 22 children over the past 18 years is married and has three children of his own.
The New York Post reported on Sunday, which was Father’s Day, that Ari Nagel’s wife of ten years, Roxanne, had no idea what Nagel did with his sperm, citing an unnamed tipster.
The Post also reported that a 23rd baby procreated from his donated sperm is on the way to a single mother.
Nagel, 40, a math professor at Kingsborough Community College, part of the City University of New York, told the Post that he is married and that his wife is “livid,” and “she’s been yelling at me a lot.” He also told the newspaper that their relationship has not been romantic in years and that they sleep in separate bedrooms. He maintains that his wife knew about his altruistic pastime, but did not support it.
“She was never happy about all these other kids, but she tolerated it,” Nagel told the Post. The couple have a son, 12, and daughters, 5 and 2.
He added that he has had more than 100 requests from women to sire their children or to at least hook up since the article about his sperm donating appeared in last week’s Post.
Nagel said he typically produces the sperm in a men’s restroom and gives it to the woman in a cup; she then inserts it in the women’s restroom, the Post reported in an article last week. Many of the women are more comfortable meeting Nagel in a public place than in his apartment near downtown Brooklyn, according to the newspaper.
“I’m not doing it for easy action,” Nagel told the Post. “Isn’t that what Tinder is for?”
He told the Post the free service and his high sperm count, as well as his good looks and attractive personality, are what make his sperm so popular. Nagel said he also has provided his sperm through intercourse.
He has successfully been sued for child support five times and told the Post that half of his paycheck is garnished for child support. He told the newspaper that the women he gives his sperm to all promise in advance that they won’t sue.
Nagel said he was raised in an Orthodox Jewish family with six siblings. He said his sperm donations allow him to have many children while “also getting a good night’s rest.”
He has kids in Florida, Illinois, Virginia, Connecticut and Israel. He said he does not regret any of them.