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Name Tulisa Contostavlos
Birth name Tula Paulinea Contostavlos
Birthday 13 July 1988
Star sign Cancer
Birthplace Camden, London
Tulisa Contostavlos was born in London to Irish mum Anne Byrne and Greek Cypriot dad Plato Contostavlos in 1988. Both parents had musical backgrounds.
The singer had a difficult time growing up. Her parents separated when she was 10 and she cared for her mum, who suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Tulisa claims she was already smoking weed, drinking alcohol and having sex by the time she was 14.
From an early age Tulisa wanted to perform. She formed a band with her cousin Dino 'Dappy' Contostavlos and his friend Richard Rawson, now known as Fazer.
N-Dubz found fame in 2006 with their first single Better Not Waste My Time. They won the Best UK Newcomer gong at the 2007 MOBO Awards and went on to release their debut album Uncle B.
The success continued for Tulisa Contostavlos and her group. They topped the charts with Tinchy Stryder after featuring on his hit single Number 1 and scooped several more awards, as well as bringing out a book and starring in a 4Music documentary series.
In 2011, the band took a hiatus. Tulisa signed up as a judge on The X Factor and went on to win the show with her act Little Mix.
She returned to the panel the following year but was replaced by Sharon Osbourne in 2013.
In 2012, Tulisa Contostavlos released her debut solo material. First single Young reached No 1 in the UK Singles Chart but her album The Female Boss didn't fare so well.
The London-born star has been involved in several controversies since finding fame. A sex tape of her performing oral sex on former boyfriend Justin Edwards was leaked online in 2012.
Tulisa hit the headlines again in June 2013 when she was arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs. She denied the charge and the trial collapsed in July 2014 when the judge accused prosecution witness Mahzer Mahmood of lying when giving evidence.
She was found guilty of attacking fashion blogger Vas Morgan in August 2014 and was fined by the court. Tulisa denied the assault and said she would appeal against the verdict.
Tulisa was in a relationship with N-Dubz bandmate Fazer for nearly two years from 2010-2012. She has also dated former Skins actor Jack O'Connell and footballer Danny Simpson.
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