The glamour model who wanted an abortion to boost her TV career today reveals how a little baby kick dramatically changed her mind as she arrived at the clinic for the op.
Josie Cunningham whipped up a storm of hate on social media when she told the Sunday Mirror last week she was having a termination just to help land her a place on Big Brother.
The 19-weeks pregnant wannabe celebrity – who sparked controversy last year after demanding a £4,800 boob op on the NHS just to become a model – bragged: “This time next year I won’t have a baby. I’ll be famous instead.”
But her unborn child had other ideas. Today Josie, 23, reveals how it literally kick-started doubts that she was doing the wrong thing – and made her flee in tears moments before signing in for her abortion at a private clinic.
“I just couldn’t do it,” sobbed young mum Josie. “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.”
Those kicks inside her bump succeeded where a week of hatred and threats on Twitter and Facebook had failed.
Josie, who says she fell pregnant either by a surgeon on an escort agency date or a Premier League footballer, says she remains furious with the thousands who criticised her abortion plan even though she has now changed her mind.
She got into several public spats over her decision, the most high profile with fellow model Nicola McLean who said mum-of-two Josie didn’t deserve children.
Online trolls also warned she’d have acid thrown in her face. Josie says: “It’s every woman’s right to choose. And whether people agreed with me or not, no one had the right to threaten me and publicly humiliate me the way they did.
“Hundreds of people I’d never met me told me I was a vile, evil human being but I didn’t care. Some said I deserved to be murdered and others threatened to throw acid in my face. Some of the things they were saying were far more sick than my choice to have a termination.
“But I kept telling myself I must be doing something right because at least everyone knew my name. I had 13,000 Twitter followers overnight – I didn’t care if they hated me. I’ve been hated all my life by bullies at school and then by the public over my boob job. People are going to hate me, so at least I was getting famous in the process.”
But Josie, who now expects to give birth at the beginning of October, forgot all about her dreams of fame the day before she was due to have the abortion. She says: “I was on the way back from the school run with my boys and as I sat in the car I suddenly felt a big kick in my tummy.
“It took me totally by surprise. Before that I had only felt little butterfly-like feelings. This was a real boot. I never imagined how hard it would be to have an abortion after that.
“It’s one thing taking a pill and ending things early on but when you see an elbow or a foot moving across your bump that’s something else. It was more powerful than anything the trolls said to me.”
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SOURCE: Mirror UK