A pregnant mother-of-two who mined a dubious fame for receiving a £4,800 breast enlargement on the NHS has revealed she plans to abort her unborn baby in the hopes she can appear on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother show.
Cunningham, who has previously spoken of her desire to be "the new Katie Price", is 18 weeks pregnant - though is not sure if the father is a client she slept with during her career as an escort, or a Premier League footballer.
On Saturday she told The Mirror: said: “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now.
Josie Cunningham had a £4,800 breast enlargement operation on the NHS
“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.”
NHS guidelines state an abortion can usually only be carried out during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy as long as certain criteria are met - including that two doctors must agree the procedure would cause less damage to a woman's physical or mental health than continuing the pregnancy.
Circumstances when an abortion could be carried out after 24 weeks include when doing so would prevent grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant woman and that if there is substantial risk that if the child were born, s/he would have physical or mental abnormalities.
Cunningham was until recently working as an escort
It is understood the 24-year-old will have her abortion next week at a private London clinic, paid for by the unnamed footballer.
Cunningham says once the procedure has been carried out, she will approach Channel 5 again. She claims the broadcaster had been keen for her to appear on the show, but "turned cold" when it learned she was pregnant.
She added: “If not, I have a documentary which will hopefully be done towards the end of the year and another reality TV show is interested.
“It’s all happening and finally all the hate I’ve have from the public over the NHS boob job is worth it.
“All those people who have trolled me and hated me for being me are going to be put in their place when I make it. Why should I give that up to have a baby?”
One person who has taken exception to Cunningham's decision is former Celebrity Big Brother contestant Nicola McLean.
McLean tweeted: "Totally outraged reading about that stupid slag that wants an abortion so she can go on big brother !!! She doesn't deserve children."
Totally outraged reading about that stupid slag that wants an abortion so she can go on big brother !!! She doesn't deserve children 😡😡😡
— Nicola McLean (@NicolaMcLean) April 20, 2014
Cunningham has responded in turn, leading to the pair trading barbed insults on Twitter.
@NicolaMcLean to be fair Nicola, I've just realised you have only tweeted about me as a desperate attempt to stay relevant. Thanks xx
— Josie Cunningham (@JosieCOnline) April 20, 2014
She told The Sun: “I didn’t get pregnant to have my teeth sorted, but it’s a massive bonus. I’m sure some people will be annoyed that I’m accepting this freebie but I couldn’t care less.”