Chloe Khan may have been introduced to ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ viewers as a tabloid star and Playmate as she entered the reality TV house on Thursday (28 July), but you’d be forgiven for thinking there’s somewhere else you know her from.
That’s because she is actually the woman behind one of the most memorable ‘X Factor’ auditions of all time.
Chloe tried out for the ITV talent show in 2010 (the same year as fellow ‘CBB’ housemate Katie Waissel, FYI) under the name of Chloe Victoria, later going on to become better known as Chloe Mafia.
The then full-time mum didn’t exactly impress judges Simon Cowell, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh with her audition, warbling her way through ‘Summertime’, before a shaky rendition of a Shakira hit.
But it was her gobbiness and poor attitude that caught the attention of the public and the press, and it wasn’t long before the tabloids were digging up dirt about her.
Chloe was caught up in a scandal when many red tops reported that she had been a sex worker, and she later made an appearance on ‘This Morning’ to set the record straight.
While she faded back into obscurity after she crashed out of ‘The X Factor’ during the Bootcamp round, Chloe spent the following six years grafting and is now a millionaire. Yes, you read that correctly.
She made the move from her native Wakefield to LA, posing for various Playboy shoots and launching her own webcam business, and now looks almost unrecognisable from her ‘X Factor’ days.
Explaining her rags to riches tale on Instagram last year, she said: “The first time I went to Hollywood I was 19 . I got on a coach class flight and stayed on sunset boulevard . I finally knew why I’d never found my place in life and it was because I was in the wrong surroundings.
“I got on a very touristy tour bus and it stopped at playboy mansion . I got out there and didn’t want to get back on the bus. I told myself Becoming part of playboy was something I had to do for my own self.
“After this I continued to go back to Hollywood constantly . Making connections with the industry every time I returned . By the next year I was getting invited to playboy party’s at the #playboy mansion that i had stood and scoped through the locked gates the year before and shooting with world famous playboy photographers.”
She continued: “Finally in May this year age 23, I became playmate of the month, cover model and centrefold and now December cover and centrefold ECT again , and more things in the pipeline .
“This is not a big deal to the people I know now but to where I’m from it’s a million diamonds. Iv done so many of the things I really needed to do for my own sanity and wellbeing but this is one I can share with everyone .
“Now it’s just another day another dollar but Chloe mafia would of been proud. Not surprised but proud.Thanks to everyone involved X. [sic]”
‘Celebrity Big Brother’ airs nightly on Channel 5.