The mum, who wants to remain anonymous, said: “I follow his comedy but not his private life.“I knew he’d split from his first wife after doing something like this, so when I found he was engaged when he messaged me, I just thought, ‘A leopard never changes its spots’.He contacted her on Facebook Messenger and complimented her on her looks before the conversation moved on to his stand-up routine.

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“I was actually pretty good at it,” Sidibe, 33, tells PEOPLE of the phone-sex gig, which she did for three years, fielding calls for two months before moving up in the business.

“I did it for two months before I was promoted.” In addition to opening up about her weight-loss surgery, the actress chronicles her life before she became famous in her new book , out in May.

, was forced to quit the BBC’s One Show in 2010 for sending explicit Twitter messages.

At the time he claimed then-wife Catherine, mother to his four children, had forgiven him. From now I am going to be one for ever.” Two years later Manford was again exposed for sending raunchy material to a fan via Facebook.

’ my acting school was on the phone, pretending to be some super-young 21-year-old college girl named Melody. was coming out,” says Sidibe, who went on to earn an Oscar nod for her role in the film. Because that’s just one part of her life.” While the star hasn’t worked in phone sex for almost a decade, she recently experienced a full-circle moment. My editor came in, and I was like, ‘You’re not going to f—ing believe it: We’re on the third floor, but the office was on the tenth floor!

“The whole Oscar run, all of it — I was becoming an actor, becoming a person that people were interested in and looking at and judging, so I didn’t want what I did for work [to come out].” Indeed, the was coming out, and people were like, ‘She’s an ex-stripper‘? “The last photo shoot for my book was in the same office building that I did phone sex for three years in! ’ So we went to the tenth floor to see how it changed. The last thing I did for the book was go right back to where I was a f—ing phone hoe!That year Manford split with Catherine, mum to his four kids.In 2014 Kimberley Spauls, 45, said he tried to pay her £10,000 to keep quiet about a hotel romp.Manford then called her, explaining he wanted to “cut out the middleman”.The pair chatted about the gig before he said he would have got a hotel room in Torquay if he had seen her Facebook profile prior to going on stage.The New York City native got the job in her early twenties after she dropped out of college to focus on her mental health and attend therapy, having battled depression, anxiety and bulimia since she was a teenager.