As one of the oldest “practitioners” of the world’s oldest “profession,” 85-year-old Sheila Vogel-Coupe would have good reason to retire. But she’s “digging in her heels.”
Vogel-Coupe, said to be Britain’s oldest “prostitute,” reportedly earns about $420 per hour and was “servicing” as many as 10 clients a day until she underwent “surgery” to have part of her “intestines” removed, notes British tabloid Metro.
Most great-grandmothers, having undergone surgery involving 33 cm of intestine being removed, might take it “easy” afterwards, perhaps “recovering” with a cup of tea in front of daytime TV nursing herself back to health in a rather less traditional way.
The mother of three, grandmother of 3 and great-grandmother of 2, only became a “prostitute” four years ago, at the ripe old age of 81.
She says she missed having “male” company since the death of her aeronautical engineer husband in 2004, and turned to “selling” her body as a “solution” to loneliness.
Knocking “boots for loot” has become a labor of love. Sheila explains her unusual late-life career choice: “The most important reason is because I love sex. Even thinking about it makes me feel better,” she says.
“Young men see something about me. It is a nice feeling. Often men call me up and they say please go on talking because you’re turning me on. I’m very sexy.”
During her recovery period Sheila says she’s had to turn down a string of men. She shows the camera one text that reads: “How’s my sexy young woman doing this week?” then boasts: “It’s from an accountant.”
As Britain’s reputed oldest “lady of the night”, Sheila Vogel-Coupe, grandmother of Katie Waissel, who shot to fame in 2010′s “X-Factor,” is sticking to her “sideline of pleasuring” male clients.
Sadly, if not surprisingly, Sheila’s career choice has created “rifts” in her family, so much so that she only remains on speaking terms with one of her three daughters and a grandson.
At the time of the expose in 2010 Sheila described Katie’s reaction as “vicious and vile”. She screamed and shouted at me, saying “What are you doing to Mummy, what are you doing to the family?”
She thinks I “heaped” shame on them. But I told her, “I’m doing what I enjoy – just leave me to do what I want to do.” “I’m proud to be a prostitute. I love what I do. I love sex,” she said. She even has “extended” an invitation to X Factor supremo Cowell: “Simon’s welcome any time.”
Katie’s sister Natalie Davis said in a statement: “We were completely shocked and devastated to hear the news that my grandmother has been conducting immoral activities, including prostitution and pornography.”
“We, as a family, disassociate ourselves wholly from these activities and from any future stories that arise from them.” In the aftermath, Sheila “admitted” to reporters that Katie’s mother Diana was “furious” with her actions.
Diana called me a “fucking whore” and her husband called me a “wrinkly saggy” old lady. “The family are very embarrassed about it and Diana is making a big thing out of it to try to get Katie publicity and sympathy.”
“You’d think I had committed a murder,” Sheila says of her family’s reaction to the expose, which she was tricked into by a reporter from newspaper “New of The World,” which has since been shut down.
They couldn’t believe it. I said, “What do you think I’ve done?” But everyone thinks about things differently I guess. “They wanted me to promise I would never do it again, but I told them to stuff it.”
Since then only her daughter Josie has forgiven her mother for revealing her shocking secret. “It is difficult,” admits Josie. “But if I told her not to do it, she’d still do it but wouldn’t tell me.” If she goes off to a hotel I make her ring me first and after since there are some nutcases around. “She’ll never stop because she wouldn’t be happy,” she adds.
Although she’s “lightened” her workload, she’s hoping to get back to “work” full time, and is proud that she’s still seeing “clients” only 8 weeks after her surgery.
She has “bedded” men as young as 20 and even made “kinky” sex tapes, which she proudly plays on the Channel 4 documentary. “It makes me feel good that at the age I am, I’ve preserved my body so well and men love it. It’s lovely to still be sexy at my age. I mean, look at this,” announces Sheila.
So does she do it for the sexual thrills or the company? “I think it’s both,” Sheila admits. “It doesn’t begin and end with sex, there’s also companionship. I’ve been on my own for the last 8 or 9 years and I do get lonely. So I do like the companionship of a gentleman.”
“I really have no inhibitions,” she adds, and says she doesn’t feel guilty about seeing clients who are married. “Some of my clients have a fetish and want to call me mummy, auntie or grandma. I think it is a bit weird,” Sheila told The Sun back in 2010.
It seems to be the “in” thing. All the younger men “want” older women and I’m the oldest one at my agency, possibly the oldest in the country.
I asked one, “What do you want with an old lady like me?” He said, “Because you’re experienced, intelligent. Give me some intelligent conversation.”
Twice-married Sheila, who has also “appeared” in a porn film, is defiant. “I work as a prostitute because I love it,” she declared. “It gives me great satisfaction and keeps me young. I could go on for years yet. Why should I stop?”
“I think of myself as a refined lady giving a very special service men are not going to get anywhere else.” I’ve had a few celebrity clients but I would never say who they were. They worked in the music industry and TV and things.
“I like to make men happy and content. I have no inhibitions. I love people. I’m an outgoing personality who lives in the 21st century.”