Tula Paulinea "Tulisa" Contostavlos (born July 13, 1988 in Camden, Greater London, United Kingdom), often known mononymously as Tulisa, is a British singer-songwriter and actress. She is of Greek Cypriot and Irish descent. 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 formed in 2000 and together releasing 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 her cousin and bandmate Dappy Contostavlos announced that N-Dubz had in fact split up and were not taking a break as stated in 2011.
In 2011, it was announced that Tulisa would replace Cheryl Cole on the 'X Factor' judging panel along with Gary Barlow, Louis Walsh and former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland.
The Young Songfacts reports that in 2012 Tulisa released her debut solo single. Young was produced by STL, a production duo which was founded by Richard Rawson. It was premiered on Chris Moyle's BBC Radio 1 show on March 23, 2012 and released on May 6, 2012 through Island Records and All Around The World.
In 2009, Contostavlos turned down a £250,000 offer to pose nude for playboy magazine on moral grounds. She was also named at number 15 in FHM's '100 Sexiest Women in the World list' in the May 2010 issue, but has stated several times she will never strip for photos due to her moral beliefs . Contostavlos was in an on/off relationship with DJ Adam Bailey who she was reported to be engaged to in early 2009, but she finished with him when he was accused of GBH.
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