X Factor 2010: Katie Waissel's grandmother revealed as £250-an-hour prostitute
With a drastically new haircut and high praise from all the
judges, Katie Waissel must have thought she'd turned a corner and left
all the recent controversy behind her last night.
But the X Factor contestant has suffered another devastating blow after discovering that her grandmother is a high-class escort.
to the People, Katie's 81-year-old maternal grandmother Sheila Vogel
charges up to £250 per hour for sex through a website called Vintage
Glamorous granny: Katie Waissel's grandmother Sheila Vogel advertises herself on escort agency website Vintage Vamps
And it also claimed that the news was broken to Katie after her X
Factor performance last night, leaving the 24-year-old 'absolutely
The paper quoted a family source as saying: 'This has
torn the family apart. Out only hope is that it doesn't lead to more
goading of Katie.'
Katie is very close to her grandmother and even used her surname when she launched her music career in the US last year.
Using the pseudonym Cecilia Bird, Vogel, who is 82 next month,
appears on the website in a number of flirty photographs - one even
shows her breasts through a fishnet top.
The agency - which says
it charges clients between £150 and £250 to hire an escort for the
first hour - describes Vogel as its 'great dame'.
'Grand dame': Sheila poses by a chair and on a stool as she advertises herself on the website
It said: 'Classic vamps are like fine wine and we are delighted to
introduce one of our agency's great vintages, the grand dame Cecilia
'The cultured lady has recently celebrated her 80th birthday.'
On Sheila's profile, she said she visits the gym frequently to keep fit and has an active lifestyle.
added: 'Beneath my conservative exterior lurks the secret passion to
meet up with like-minded gentlemen to share the taste of forbidden
Mature lady: Sheila poses with a white feather to entice clients
High class: Sheila poses with her handbag as she reclines against a couple of square cushions
Sheila works in St John's Wood, north London and visits men at their homes, listing her availability from between 2pm and 9pm.
family member told the People that Katie will be very upset to learn
about her grandmother and added: 'She is extremely fond of Sheila who
has been really supportive throughout her career.'All we can hope is
that it won't affect Katie's chances of staying in the competition.'
'Devastated': Katie performs on last night's X Factor live show and was reportedly told about her grandmother afterwards