At the start of her interview earlier today, *This Morning* host Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford explained that #JosieCunningham was already trending on Twitter, even before they had started the interview. Josie said, "It happens quite a lot...will their opinion change? I very much
doubt it. But it doesn't worry me."
On selling tickets for the birth of her forthcoming child, Josie said, "It was my idea after my deal fell through for the DVD of my birth, which was going to be for educational purposes purely... and then this idea came to mind."
She added, "...and it's personally a great way to pay back into the system, pay the NHS back for the taxis'. People will be vetted, so I can't confirm that the four people that have bought the tickets will get those necessarily. They have been sold, but money hasn't been exchanged or anything like that. It's not a process that it's made to look seedy, people will be vetted. I do genuinely want to pay back the NHS... not that I feel I should have to because I had a medical condition, but I just want people to back off really and see me for what I am, working hard."
Explaining why she had breast implants to start with and how people's opinions changed, Josie said, "I had no breast tissue, none whatsoever. And I think people were shocked about the scenario... it's made out it's because my breasts were on the NHS but deep down its because of the career path that I aspire to, which is a glamour model. A topless model... and any woman growing up with no breast tissue is going to want to feel like getting them out for everyone basically - I'm only human and I won't lie, I do want to do that."
Trying to defend her birth tickets idea, Josie said, "If you look at it in context, it's not much different to One Born Every Minute - there will be nothing sexualised whatsoever. Two of the people attending will take pictures, yeah. I will have someone there for protection. People are going to be vetted."
When Eamonn asked about the father of her child, Josie made it clear that he will not be present at the birth. She said, "He's not going to be there, no. Although we still speak, we are not really in a good place at the moment."
Ruth asked, "Are you saying you'll give every penny of the money - £30,000 - because your NHS surgery was just under five thousand..."
Josie replied, "It will also be used to pay other things back such as the taxis'. I got my taxis' funded by the council for a short period because I'm suffering with severe anxiety, which is something a lot of people go through."
She added, "I expect that [people say things] and I take it on the chin..."
When it was suggested that she may have caused public reaction and publicity that led to the anxiety, Josie said, "I'm not bothered if people talk about me, I thrive off it to be honest. The anxiety comes from the fear of people confronting me in front of my children - they should refrain themselves when there are children around and not confront me in front of the children."
Before adding, "I have worked since I was fifteen, but there have been times I've had to claim benefits.... I'm 24 years old, I'm a lone parent to two lovely boys and another lovely boy on the way, and I'm carving out a stable career for my kids - that's far from a scrounger to me."
"I do not shy away from attention, and that comes from a lifetime of bullying... I've started to get stick again, my back's up, I will take it on the chin. I will not be made to feel low... I have a lot of fun doing what I do. I feel grateful to be in the position I'm in at the moment, being a lone parent and knowing that I have some stability there."