Tulisa 'felt her life was over'

Tulisa Contostavlos told how she suffered a

Tulisa Contostavlos told how she suffered a "very dark moment" after false allegations about drugs were published

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Former X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos said she became "a paranoid wreck" and felt her life was over after being caught up in a cocaine sting, which led to a trial that collapsed in dramatic fashion last week.

The 26-year-old singer said the drugs allegations that emerged in a Sun on Sunday expose were devastating.

"It just all got too much for me. I'm not going to sit here and want a pity party," she told Good Morning Britain.

"It was a dark time, a very dark moment but I've got through it and I am here today."

"Its been a really really hard year - the most difficult year of my life but at the same time I always try to take a positive from a negative and its given me the kind of life experience that you can't buy - that it takes some people 10 years to gain. Its also made me a wiser person. Stronger."

The former N-Dubz singer had been accused of boasting that she could ''sort out'' cocaine for the paper's investigative reporter Mazher Mahmood and put him in touch with her rapper friend Mike GLC, who supplied the Class A drug.

She always denied the allegations and last week the trial collapsed after the judge said there were "strong grounds" to believe Mr Mahmood, known as the Fake Sheikh, had lied on the witness stand and "had been manipulating the evidence".

He has since been suspended from the paper.

After the case Contostavlos said it had been "a horrific and disgusting entrapment" and now she has spoken of the devastating effect it had on her life.

When she realised she had been manipulated, believing she was auditioning for a major film role, the star said she could not believe it.

"I felt a million emotions. How could I have not seen it? I felt like my life was over," she said.

"Like someone had taken my life away. They took it out of my hands and took it away in a second."

Contostavlos, who was convicted on Friday of assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival in a separate case, said she "lost the faith" when she was charged and faced a trial over the drugs sting.

"There are different levels of depression - when I got low, I got really really low," she said.

"But I picked myself up quicker than most and got on with things the best I could. My lowest point was when I found out I was going to be officially charged. It had already been dragging on for so long.

"When I found out I was being charged I lost the faith.

"Its made me a paranoid wreck when it comes to people. You are always looking over your shoulder - who is out to get me next?"

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8:03am Mon 28 Jul 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Yet more evidence supporting Leveson's conclusion that the British press cannot be trusted to self-regulate.
Yet more evidence supporting Leveson's conclusion that the British press cannot be trusted to self-regulate. Katie Re-Registered
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9:15am Mon 28 Jul 14

Mervyn James says...

Let's get some facts she admits to taking drugs on TV today, her bleat about being under the microscope because she is a star (One I've never heard of frankly), and maybe a reason for the splurge of news items covering her next documentary on TV, and didn't stop her using a film crew at day one to highlight her 'anguish' or her taking the opportunity to exploit her own court case for publicity, can they expect then the S*N (Which for some reason is still allowed to be published despite it's daily abuse agendas), will let her off the hook, when there are a few thousand morons who read the S*N with fingers on the page assisted with large print, eager to read about her 'heartbreak' and low esteem stories ? Stupid is as stupid does... she was more worried her American 'career' would come to a halt as they don't allow them work permits if they are involved with drugs,except if they are AMERICANs taking drugs of course...
Let's get some facts she admits to taking drugs on TV today, her bleat about being under the microscope because she is a star (One I've never heard of frankly), and maybe a reason for the splurge of news items covering her next documentary on TV, and didn't stop her using a film crew at day one to highlight her 'anguish' or her taking the opportunity to exploit her own court case for publicity, can they expect then the S*N (Which for some reason is still allowed to be published despite it's daily abuse agendas), will let her off the hook, when there are a few thousand morons who read the S*N with fingers on the page assisted with large print, eager to read about her 'heartbreak' and low esteem stories ? Stupid is as stupid does... she was more worried her American 'career' would come to a halt as they don't allow them work permits if they are involved with drugs,except if they are AMERICANs taking drugs of course... Mervyn James
  • Score: 1

9:53am Mon 28 Jul 14

burgerboy says...

Tulisa"thought her life was over".........OH good, bye bye then.
Tulisa"thought her life was over".........OH good, bye bye then. burgerboy
  • Score: 3

5:10pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Mervyn James says...

I felt my life was over reading about this 'celebrity' whine ! it's all some gigantic publicity stunt, and proves there is no such thing as bad news only profitable news. Manufactured media for pulp viewing by idiots. I could not fathom why the Media/TV were queuing up to her her story, who bloody cares ? ITV did the story about an 'exclusive' that is actually a BBC docue-plug, not an ITV one, utter madness.
I felt my life was over reading about this 'celebrity' whine ! it's all some gigantic publicity stunt, and proves there is no such thing as bad news only profitable news. Manufactured media for pulp viewing by idiots. I could not fathom why the Media/TV were queuing up to her her story, who bloody cares ? ITV did the story about an 'exclusive' that is actually a BBC docue-plug, not an ITV one, utter madness. Mervyn James
  • Score: 0
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