Growing up poor at times can make people feel this is the only life for them. The hope and dream that things can be better is enough of a push for someone to work hard. It may take time and the decisions the individual takes may not be approved by everyone but when the drive is there, no one can stop them.
One young woman did not see herself as a singer but the opportunity for a better life pushed her to audition for the United Kingdom’s edition of X Factor. She was certainly not the most talented or refined of the competitors and she stood out among the others. Nonetheless, the woman who went by the name of Chloe Mafia was focused.
Chloe may have turned out to be one of the show’s most controversial contestant but it’s what she did with her life afterwards that has left everyone speechless.
In the 2010 edition of X Factor, Chloe Mafia audition for a spot in the show.
She was not taken seriously by her fellow contestants and viewers. Nonetheless, Chloe knew she had to fight hard for herself and her young daughter.
She grew up in a housing project in Northern England with her mom.
She moved around a lot with her mom. Chloe remembers her mom struggling to pay the bills. One Christmas all the family had to eat was, “beans on toast for dinner.”
Chloe was dubbed "Britain’s biggest chav."
Chav is a derogatory word used in the UK to describe someone deemed to be of lower class. It is also used to mock the less than refined British behaviour as well as someone who wears fake designer clothes.
Simon Cowell reportedly could not stand Chloe but the other judges gave her a chance.
She was kicked out of the show because of her lack of singing abilities. The press also accused her of having a drug problem and working as an escort.
Chloe Mafia who now goes by her real name Chloe Khan moved to Los Angeles, California.
The 24-year-old and her daughter Destiny started a new life in the United States.