Not a role model.

As the beginning of the most anticipated / dreaded TV event draws ever closer, one of The X Factor’s new judges, Tulisa Contostavlos of N-Dubz, has admitted she stole handbags, took drugs and lost her virginity aged 14.

Just who parents must be desperate for their kids to look up to. Not.

Yes, in the past X Factor has had foul-mouthed Sharon Osbourne and toilet-attendant-bashing Cheryl Cole on the panel but this takes the mick.

N-Dubz are a hip-hop group from London. You are most probably familiar with Dappy, Tulisa’s cousin, who has been humiliated on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ for his stupid hats and lack of any discernible brain activity.

The two guys in the group are well-known for their bad behaviour and struggle to get American working visas due to their previous convictions for drug use, gun crime and assault. The one who isn’t Dappy (Fazer) is Tulisa’s boyfriend.

And now, in an interview, Tulisa has admitted to being a wild teenager. “When I was 12 I wanted to have fun. I didn’t want to go back to the one-bedroom council flat, crying myself to sleep at night. I became a lot gobbier and had my first boyfriend”. She admitted she was fourteen when she lost her virginity and claims that she was “one of the lucky ones” as a lot of people she knew were having sex in school toilets from age 12.

Tulisa did admit, though, to wearing a short skirt from the age of nine to get more male attention.

In the interview in yesterday’s Sunday Times, she also admitted that by the age of fifteen, she was carrying a knife or baseball bat for protection as she was afraid of getting attacked. She also has no qualms about sticking up for herself: ‘If someone came up to me in a nightclub and slapped me in the face, I would punch them back. That’s who I am. That’s what I’m about.’

She then continued to say she “pinched a couple of handbags” as part of a group of girls although she refuses to call them a gang, saying “We were just a group of troublesome chicks, consuming so much weed and alcohol, we were going loopy anyway.”

Simon Cowell may like turning working class girls into stars but can you really polish a turd like this? And is this the kind of person we want kids looking up to? I think not.

Vic x


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