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Tulisa Contostavlos

Occupation: Singer

Nationality: British

Born: July 13, 1988 (26)

Tulisa Contostavlos first entered the public sphere as a member of N-Dubz in 2007. The group (Tulisa, her cousin Dappy and friend Fazer) all hail from Camden in North London, and their music reflected their tough, poverty-stricken childhoods. The group clocked up 10 UK Top 40 singles and two Top 10 albums, but split in late 2011.

Contostavlos was part of the new X Factor judging panel in 2011 and 2012, and mentored Little Mix to victory - making them the first group to take the X Factor title in the history of the UK show.

In March 2012, a sex tape featuring Contostavlos and an unseen man spread across the internet. After initial attempts to legally block the tape failed, the singer released a video confirming the tape as real and identifying the mystery gentleman as ex-boyfriend Justin Edwards. In July 2012, she settled a court case with Edwards relating to the tape.

Contostavlos released her debut solo album The Female Boss in December 2012. The record made the UK Top 40 and was supported by three singles, including the chart-topping 'Young'. In May 2013, she confirmed that she was leaving The X Factor.
X Factor judge initially planned to release her first book this autumn. Tulisa debut novel pushed back TOWIE star slams showbiz rival as she strips off for FHM. Lucy Mecklenburgh: 'Tulisa is a bitch' The Take That star says he was "relieved" when Sharon Osbourne replaced her. 'X Factor' Gary "glad" Tulisa was axed Jonathan Shalit says Tulisa "genuinely thought her life was over". Tulisa agent worried she'd commit suicide Former X Factor judge claims to have lost weight from her nose. Tulisa denies plastic surgery claims Beyoncé, Jessie J and more make Digital Spy's V Festival fashion round-up. V Festival style: Best & worst dressed The rapper said he isn't frustrated with his bandmates' recent arrests. Fazer: 'N-Dubz reunion depends on me' Downton Abbey stars, Abbey Clancy and Tulisa Contostavlos are seen out and about. 'Downton' stars, more: Celebrity photos The evicted housemate will detail his life story so far in the upcoming book. Big Brother Daley 'signs book deal' Zooey Deschanel and Minka Kelly also feature in today's celebrity pictures. MKS, Tulisa: Today's celebrity pictures From Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber - stars who have their every need attended to. 11 over-pampered stars in pictures Former X Factor judge was originally meant to surrender herself today (July 29). Tulisa to answer drugs bail in October The book centres around a South London schoolgirl destined for stardom. Tulisa to release debut novel 'Sky' The actress was punched by a woman outside London's DSTRKT club. Chelsee Healey attacked outside club The 2012 wildcard is among the returning contestants in series 10. X Factor: Amy Mottram back at auditions Friends stage a fight as Tulisa explains they were "intensely cussing the f**k out of sum1". Tulisa mocks Chelsee Healey fight reports The singer reveals that Tulisa is a fan of her new single 'Lighthouse'. Lucy Spraggan: 'Tulisa is proud' Ke$ha, Rihanna, Kristen Wiig, more in today's celebrity pictures. Ke$ha, Rihanna, more: Today's Pictures Daley's brother said before the star's ejection for "aggressive behaviour" that he "wouldn't get physical". BB Daley 'a little softie', says brother Rihanna, Prince William, X Factor stars, more in today's celebrity pictures. Rihanna, more: Today's Pictures Tulisa Contostavlos meanwhile continues celebrating her 25th birthday in Ibiza. Rizzle Kicks wear 'Free Tulisa' T-shirt The singer's gay best friend and PA Gareth Varey also 'proposes' to her on holiday. Tulisa celebrates 25th birthday in Ibiza Lana Del Rey, Kanye West, Helen Mirren, more in today's celebrity pictures. Helen Mirren, more: Today's Pictures Today's celebrity pictures include Russell Brand, Tulisa, Salma Hayek and more. Russell Brand, more: Today's Pictures Former X Factor judge is photographed riding a banana boat in Ibiza. Tulisa wears cut-out swimsuit in Ibiza Jessie J, Tulisa Contostavlos, Joey Essex in today's celebrity pictures. Jessie J, more: Today's Pictures Andy Murray, Tulisa and Rita Ora in today's celebrity pictures. Celeb Pictures: Andy Murray, Tulisa, more Digital Spy's showbiz reporter on Gabz Gardiner, MKS and more. Anna Williamson Showbiz Peek at the Week DJ slams The Voice: "Come on BBC, there must be better things to do with my licence fee". 'Voice' is a s**t 'X Factor', says Neil Fox Ex-Pop Idol judge approves of Tulisa's X Factor firing: "What has she done?" 'Nobody respects Tulisa', says Neil Fox N-Dubz star shows off new extensions on Instagram before flying to Ibiza. Tulisa shows off new makeover - pictures Give us your suggestions on who should take over in the big, red spinning chairs. 'Voice': Who should be series 3 coaches? Former X Factor judge was said to have cancelled all shows following drugs arrest. Tulisa denies pulling out of summer gigs The singer appears in better spirits following her recent drugs arrest. Tulisa reunites with N-Dubz - pictures Gareth Varey reportedly talks to police after sending a message to a jouranlist. Tulisa PA threatens to kill Sun reporter? Tulisa Contostavlos's N-Dubz bandmate and former boyfriend speaks about her arrest. Fazer: 'Tulisa should have known better' A man is arrested after banging on her front door in the early hours. Tulisa 'confronted by intruder at home' The Sun on Sunday responds to allegations made by a piece in The Guardian. Tulisa movie hoax claims denied by 'The Sun' Rylan tells DS that Tulisa was "set up" by the media in a case of 'Britney Spears syndrome'. Rylan Clark: 'Tulisa did nothing wrong' An old friend of N-Dubz is apparently taking part in the reality show. Tulisa friend 'for Big Brother house'