Controversial X Factor contestant Chloe Mafia has denied reports that she worked as a prostitute and said the claims were ‘heartbreaking’.

Allegations about the 19-year-old’s private life surfaced before she appeared on Saturday’s show.

The teenager from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said she worked as a “sexy” dancer but nothing more.

She told the Daily Mirror: “I get paid about £200 each time I do that. The claims I’m a prostitute have been heart-breaking.

“There are fake websites about me saying I’m selling myself, but they’re taking pictures from my Facebook.”

The would-be star, who is known as Chloe Victoria on the hit ITV1 talent show, got through to the bootcamp stage after being booed by the audience during her audition.