Full name: Tula Paulinea Contostavlos
DOB: July 13, 1988
Place of birth: Camden, London, England
Occupation: Singer-songwriter, X Factor Judge
Her History in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women
2010 #15Tula Paulinea "Tulisa" Contostavlos (born 13 July 1988), sometimes known mononymously as Tulisa, is an English singer-songwriter. She is best known for being a member of the now defunct Camden-based hip hop group N-Dubz, with her cousin Dappy and their friend Fazer. N-Dubz formed in 2000 and released three studio albums before announcing their hiatus in 2011.
Contostavlos is currently a judge on the The X Factor and mentored the "Groups" category in her first year including Little Mix, the first ever group to win the competition to date. Contostavlos will release her debut solo album in the summer of 2012. On 16 March 2012, during a Twitter dispute with Dappy, Contostavlos announced that N-Dubz had in fact split up and were not taking a break as stated in 2011.
Contostavlos was born in Camden Town, North London, to an Irish mother, Anne Byrne (who, with her three sisters, was a member of the 1980s band Jeep) and a Greek Cypriot father, Steve Contostavlos (part of Mungo Jerry). When Tulisa was five, her mother, who has bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act.Contostavlos' father left the family home when Tulisa was 14 years old.She said that she was brought up in a 3 bedroom house and experienced a lot as a teenager: violence, depression, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, anorexia nervosa, mental health issues, financial difficulties and bullying.
At thirteen she was very emotional . She revealed that she twice tried to kill herself as a teenager and also used to self-harm to try to help her cope with everything she was going through.With support from her uncle, N-Dubz's former manager, Byron Contostavlos, at age 14 she enrolled at Haverstock Secondary School, later attending Quintin Kynaston Schoolin St John's Wood, but she didn't sit her GCSE examinations.
Starting in 2008 and lasting for around 18 months, Contostavlos dated South London based DJ/rapper, Justin Edwards also known as MC ultra, whom she also helped in developing his music career.
Contostavlos was in an on/off relationship with DJ Adam Bailey, to whom she was reportedly engaged in early 2009. Bailey was accused of grievous bodily harm against her and she gave evidence in his trial. In December 2009, Bailey was cleared of involvement in the attack.
In 2010, Contostavlos was on a BBC programme called Tulisa: My Mum And Me describing her life before N-Dubz looking after her mother.She was in a relationship with N-Dubz band-mate Fazer from May 2010 but the relationship ended after an argument on holiday in early February 2012.