Who is Josie Cunningham? The most hated woman in Britain's shocking rise to fame (2023)

Josie Cunningham has made a name for herself with some of the most shocking declarations imaginable in recent years - but how exactly did she become dubbed 'the most hated woman in Britain'?

The mum-of-four is known for her outrageous comments and apparent lack of shame, and she's courted outrage from the first time she demanded the NHS give her a boob job so she could become a glamour model in 2009.

Since then, she's made headlines by doing everything in her power to shock and appal the public - from having an abortion so she could get a nose job instead, to pursuing a porn career and to attempting to sell tickets to watch her give BIRTH.

Here we take a look back at her controversial rise to fame:

Young mum demands £4,800 boob job on the NHS to become a glamour model

Josie first made a name for herself back in 2013 when she demanded a £4,800 boob job on the NHS to become a glamour model.

She begged NHS doctors for a breast enlargement in January 2013 to take her from a 32A to 32DD, claiming years of bullying over her flat chest had ruined her life.

But she later revealed her ambition to become a glamour model was the real reason to go under the knife. Her idol is Katie Price and she revealed she longs to be the star of her own reality TV series.

Overnight fame after threatening an ABORTION to go on Big Brother

Who is Josie Cunningham? The most hated woman in Britain's shocking rise to fame (1)

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Click to playTap to play

The video will auto-play soon8Cancel

Play now

Wannabe celebrity Josie reached fame overnight in April 2014 - for ALL the wrong reasons, as she confessed the chance of appearing on TV’s Big Brother was worth more than her unborn child’s life.

The controversial model and former call girl said: “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now.

“An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way.”

Read more : Josie Cunningham plans to have abortion so she can star on BIG BROTHER

Josie changes her mind about abortion in dramatic U-turn

Who is Josie Cunningham? The most hated woman in Britain's shocking rise to fame (2)

Click to playTap to play

The video will auto-play soon8Cancel

Play now

(Video) The Most Hated Woman In Britain: Josie Cunningham | Absolute Documentaries

Just weeks after her shocking declaration, Jodie revealed how a little baby kick dramatically changed her mind as she arrived at the clinic for the op.

“I just couldn’t do it,” sobbed mum Josie at the time. “I really thought I would be able to but I couldn’t. I’d felt the baby kick for the first time 24 hours earlier and I couldn’t get that feeling out of my head.

“I’d forgotten what the feeling was like. It was magical. It was like the baby was telling me not to go through with it.

“I was in the taxi driving to the clinic and felt physically sick. I was shaking. When the driver told me we were a minute away I burst into tears. I wanted to throw myself out of the moving car to get away. I had my hands on my bump and I had the strongest feeling I couldn’t let anyone take my baby away.”

Read more : See Josie Cunningham interview on her abortion u-turn

Flaunts plans for MORE NHS-funded surgery

Josie hit back at "online trolls" who attacked her for her initial abortion plans - by THANKING them and hinting that she may have MORE cosmetic surgery on the NHS.

The wannabe celebrity posted a cryptic message on Twitter in 2014: "Thanks for strengthening my case for more cosmetic surgery on NHS! Proof that a certain feature affects my life."

There was also an image with the tweet that said either "Thank You to Online Trolls Josie x" or "Thank You £0 Online Trolls Josie x"

She has since openly expressed her wish for more surgery.

Admits smoking while pregnant because it's a BOY

Just weeks after revealing she was keeping her baby, Josie admitted she planned to continue smoking throughout the pregnancy - because she was expecting another boy.

The star, who already had sons Harley and Frankie, said she'd have stopped if it was a girl.

As it turned out, it WAS a daughter all along.

(Video) Josie Cunningham: The Most Hated Woman In Britain? Documentary

Josie attempts to sell TICKETS to her daughter's birth

Always seeking an opportunity for business, Josie announced shortly before welcoming her daughter that she'd be selling tickets into the delivery room.

We KID you not.

With four tickets up for grabs, Josie attempted to get rid of two for £5000, and another two for £10,000 - reportedly managing to sell all four.

However, she eventually pulled out after giving birth earlier than thought.

THEN she created a website for 'unattractive people'

The publicity-mad star launched a dating website in May 2014, which she generously said was a place for "average looking girls" - calling it pullthepig.com.

As well as posing in a muddy field wearing a white bikini with a bow and arrow, angel wings and her tattooed gut on full display, Josie also attempted to recruit Katie Price to join up.

She claims Katie gave her inspiration for it and offered a free membership, after the star found out her hubby Kieran Hayler had been cheating on her with her best friend.

It made them sworn enemies it's fair to say.

"The tax payer will always fund me"

Glamour model Josie sparked fury by posing for a taxi selfie with the caption: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but tax payers will always fund me."

Posing in thick make-up, she added two hashtags, "school run" and "need to sort my boat race out."

The fame-hungry wannabe was ferried around her home town of Leeds courtesy of the public purse after claiming that using public transport gave her anxiety attacks.

The reaction to THAT was catastrophic.

From one website to another - this time it's for 'easy sex'

Publicity-mad Josie launched a website encouraging young girls to get pregnant and scrounge off the state like she does back in December 2014.

The mum-of-three helped create a website where desperate women can meet men and arrange seedy unprotected sex sessions with the aim of getting pregnant.

Josie told the Sun at the time: "People will think I'm promoting unprotected sex so women can get pregnant, bag themselves a council house and have a life on benefits.

"But it's really no different to what many girls have one night stands for on a Saturday night.

"Parents gain more points in many councils' scoring systems do having a child definitely helps."

Star discovers the father of her baby isn't actually a footballer

Josie Cunningham openly spoke about the 'famous footballer' who got her pregnant with her third child - but discovered months later that it was the wrong man.

Josie took to Twitter to claim she was TRICKED into believing she was sleeping with a premiership footballer .

She spoke of her "heartbreak" at finding out she had been 'manipulated' for 18 months by believing she was dating Hull City captain Curtis Davies.

But the man turned out to be an imposter.

The wannabe said she met the man who claimed to be Curtis last April, and the pair started sleeping together before she discovered more than a year later he wasn't who he said he was.


(Video) Josie Cunningham Speaks Out About Her Abortion | Loose Women

Mum-of-three gets ENGAGED - before nasty split and arrest

Rent-a-gob Josie shocked the country when she announced she was engaged to convicted woman beater Andrew Goy at the end of 2014.

The pair had been dating for just eight weeks.

They called off the engagement in early 2015, but it wasn't over - as Josie was later arrested and CHARGED with posting sexually explicit and private photographs on Twitter of him.

She was later found not guilty in the revenge porn case, but was forced to leave social media throughout the case.

Shortly after receiving the verdict, Josie announced her return to Twitter, as she wrote: "NOT guilty! My Twitter selebalsy over yippee!!! (sic)"

Fourth pregnancy terminated - for a NOSE JOB

Britain's most shameless woman sunk to a new low by having an abortion in October last year, after ­surgeons refused her a nose job while she was ­pregnant.

Josie checked into a clinic to get rid of her unborn child, enabling her to create the face she believes she needs to be a porn and glamour model.

A series of doctors had told her the cosmetic surgery was too risky.

Josie, who terminated the unplanned pregnancy at 12 weeks, told the Sunday People: “I’m having this nose job no matter what gets in my way.

“Pregnancy was a major obstacle and an abortion was the answer to it – so that’s what I did.

“Anyone who criticises me for putting my looks ahead of an unborn child has no right until they’re the ones putting food on the table for my kids.

"I don’t care what anyone thinks. My body, my decision.”

After receiving HUGE backlash, she opens up about troubled past

Who is Josie Cunningham? The most hated woman in Britain's shocking rise to fame (3)

Video Loading

Video Unavailable

Click to playTap to play

The video will auto-play soon8Cancel

Play now

(Video) The Most Jealous Woman In The World? | This Morning

Josie is now working on a new documentary where she's set to reveal difficult secrets from her childhood - which she believes contributed to her being dubbed 'the most hated woman in Britain'.

The controversial mum is seen breaking down in tears in emotional scenes in front of the camera, as she expresses her wish to be happy and cries: "I just want to be pretty."

In a teaser clip - obtained by The Sun - Josie is heard saying : "I had a very very bad childhood. A lot of things happened to me that people don't know about. I've never had help, and I've never spoken about these issues, and I think maybe it's time that I do.

"I always get the reply sometimes that I use it to feel sorry for myself, and maybe I do.

"The first time anyone says you need help, I'm on the defensive, but that's all that I know.

"I want help to be happy and to be able to put the past that I've had - the bullying, the domestic violence, behind me, once and for all... I just want to be pretty."

It's thought she is referring to recent claims about Jimmy Savile.

Getting her boobs out so the public can 'see what their tax money was spent on'

In March 2017, she fulfilled her promise to show Twitter her boobs if she got 100 retweets.

The 26-year-old kept her word and shared a topless snap of herself posing in nothing but a pair of pants, thigh-high socks and trainers.

And the fame-hungry star also shared a link to her Amazon wish list – promising doners that she'd send them a high-res version of the snap if they splashed the cash on her.

Acquiring three separate sugar daddies - and demanding one of them fund her next boob job

Josie revealed in early 2017 that she had three sugar daddies on the go - men who would pay her money in return for her company and phonecalls, but nothing more intimate - and defended her decision on This Morning.

"If I can get these sugar daddies to buy me things I'm saving my own money," said Josie, who has no regrets over flaunting her assets in public because her children are happy.

"My kids have had experiences that a lot of children out there won't have had."

Claiming Scotty T had asked her for oral sex after leaving the CBB house

When Geordie Shore's Scott Timlin slammed Josie as a "tramp" in the wake of her sugar daddy confession, Josie hit back - by insinuating Scotty had a motive for his attack.

"10k in gifts and her tan is patchier than a f***ing home paint job the tramp (sic)," he first tweeted.

"Wasn't saying that 2weeks after u left # CBB & u was trying to get me to give u oral sex was you Scotty @ScottGShore (sic)," she hit back.

When a fan asked if she went through with the alleged act, she joked: "I believe so! Unless it was another lookalike".

Scotty never responded to her claim.

Getting an entire arm tattoo as 'punishment for her abortion'

Josie decided to have a sleeve tattoo inked on her arm to mark the baby she'd aborted two years previously.

The controversial model decided to have a multitude of designs, dates and phrases tattooed on her arm in order to remember the child she never gave birth to, according to a new report.

According to sources, she’s now branded that the "biggest mistake" of her life and in a bid to always remember what happened, had various designs inked onto her arm.

"She refers to her sleeve tattoo as her 'shrine' to her unborn baby.

"Many people bury their shame and try to forget about the decision to terminate their child - but Josie believes it's something she would never forget.

"It's like she's punishing herself," an insider told OK magazine in April 2017.

(Video) Josie Cunningham takes on her Twitter trolls with Now Magazine!

As well as inking the date of her abortion onto her skin, Josie had a cherub and an image of the Virgin Mary crying and the quote, 'Forget what hurt you in the past, never forget what it taught you' included on the full sleeve design.


1. The real Josie Cunningham with Now Magazine!
2. Josie: How To Make a Country Hate You (Controversial Documentary) | Real Stories
(Real Stories)
3. Josie Cunningham Emotionally Thanks The Loose Women For Helping Her Change | Loose Women
(Loose Women)
4. Josie Cunningham Boyfriend Fiance EXCLUSIVE May 2015 Interview
(Alex Belfield - THE VOICE OF REASON)
5. Top 10 British Celebrities EVERYONE Hates
6. Sams Rants Josie Cunningham
(Sam Sadler)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Maia Crooks Jr

Last Updated: 02/20/2023

Views: 5458

Rating: 4.2 / 5 (63 voted)

Reviews: 86% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Maia Crooks Jr

Birthday: 1997-09-21

Address: 93119 Joseph Street, Peggyfurt, NC 11582

Phone: +2983088926881

Job: Principal Design Liaison

Hobby: Web surfing, Skiing, role-playing games, Sketching, Polo, Sewing, Genealogy

Introduction: My name is Maia Crooks Jr, I am a homely, joyous, shiny, successful, hilarious, thoughtful, joyous person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.