Tulisa Contostavlos: Anxiety made me pick at my face with tweezers until it was covered in weeping holes
Tulisa Contostavlos has revealed that she used to suffer from a disorder that made her pick at her face until it bled.
The X Factor judge was so unhappy as a teen that she'd sometimes spend hours fiddling with her skin - and then end up with 'gaping, weeping holes' on her cheeks.
'It was my way of zoning out. Sometimes I would go into the bathroom and just pick at my skin for hours, not realising that I'd developed an anxiety disorder - dermatillomania,' says Tulisa, 24.
'It got so bad that eventually I was tearing into my face with nail clippers and tweezers, just to get at any minute blemish or invisible little bump under my skin.'
Tulisa has previously spoken about the difficult events from her past that led her to develop dermatillomania, including her losing her virginity at 14 to a drug dealer.
Thankfully for the singer, she managed to get over her condition with help from experts.
'I was extremely lucky that my skin always healed quickly and without too much scarring,' Tulisa writes in her autobiography Honest.
'I went to see a hypnotist, and I tore my face up worse than I ever had before, but once I had healed, I finally managed to get it under control.'