Katie 'ruined grandmother's career'
The escort grandmother of X Factor reject Katie Waissel claims the music wannabe has "ruined" her career.
Sheila Vogel-Coupe, 82, who also starred in a pornographic film, said it was Waissel who had damaged her work rather than the reverse. The octogenarian also denied she was a prostitute during an interview on ITV1's This Morning - but admitted charging for "other things".
Vogel-Coupe's escort work - and porn film appearance - emerged when her relative was riding high in the competition. She also posed in lingerie for a magazine on the back of her notoriety.
She was unrepentant about her activities and blamed Waissel's quest for musical success for putting her escort work in the public eye.
"This all started when Katie joined the X Factor," she said. "She has ruined my career. Yes, I'm afraid she has."
Vogel-Coupe said her "private life" had nothing to do with the rest of the family.
Explaining her work, she said: "I'm not a prostitute, I'm an escort... I go out with gentlemen and I attend the opera with them, I go out for dinner with them, but I'm not a prostitute. I do charge them yes, for my time. During my time we may just sit and talk, we may go out for dinner, we may go to the cinema, and we might do other things, yes."
She added: "I think I'm quite unique at my age to do what I do."
However she did say her porn film - in which she starred under the name Cecilia Bird - was not such a wise idea.
"There are times we all do things, that we regret what we've done and I shouldn't have done it and I'm not happy about doing it and I just don't want to remember it," she said.