X Factor Katie's gran defends work
The porn star grandmother of X Factor wannabe Katie Waissel has defended her prostitution career and declared: "It gives me great satisfaction."
In an interview with The Sun, Sheila Vogel-Coupe, who is 81, was defiant about her decision to sell sex.
She said she gave up a voluntary job little over a week ago to concentrate more fully on prostitution, but has been offering her services since stumbling across an escort agency online two years ago.
Her family said on Wednesday they were "completely shocked" after learning about her "immoral activities". And Waissel's sister Natalie Davis said the family "disassociate ourselves wholly" from her activities.
But Ms Vogel-Coupe told The Sun: "I work as a prostitute because I love it. It gives me great satisfaction and keeps me young."
She said she could continue doing it for years and has had clients as young as 23. "I'm not cheap and common and what I'm doing is not cheap and common. I'm the sort of person who will have a go at anything. I'm not afraid. I've done bungee jumping and all sorts," she added.
Ms Vogel-Coupe has appeared in a hard-core pornographic film called Freddie's Great British Granny Bang, which was screened on an adult channel earlier this year. It is to be repeated by the Red Hot 40+ channel on December 4.
She has now taken on the services of PR guru Max Clifford since revelations about her life as a prostitute were made by a Sunday newspaper.
After the revelation of her sex career, Ms Vogel-Coupe said her X Factor star granddaughter Katie screamed at her over the phone.
"She thinks I heaped shame on them. But I told her 'I'm doing what I enjoy - just leave me to do what I want to do'," the octogenarian said. She said the family's love should be "unconditional", not dependent on her career choice. "They are not living in the 21st century," she said.