Where has Tulisa been and why did she vanish from the spotlight

N-Dubz star Tulisa Contostavlos has confirmed she's making a comeback seven years after the release of her flop album The Female Boss, but where has she been all this time?

The singer, 30, rose to fame in the mid-2000 with the London hip-hop group and went on to carve out a solo career in music and reality TV before she disappeared.

After parting ways with N-Dubz in 2011, Tulisa branched out on her own and managed to land the plumb job of judging on The X Factor .

Simon Cowell hired her to replace Cheryl on the panel, and she scored big by having Little Mix as one of her acts.

They've since gone on to become the most successful girl group in the show's history.

However, her X Factor run was tainted by scandal as a sex tape featuring the star and an ex-boyfriend emerged online.

She later revealed the sex tape leak made her feel like her "world was ending"


There was more pain in store for the star as her much-hyped solo album The Female Boss flopped.

The record, released in November 2012, was savaged by critics and scraped into the charts at number 35.

Tulisa later quit The X Factor to focus on other projects, but things went from bad to worse in 2013 when she was arrested on suspicion of suppling class A drugs.

It was part of a sting operation by notorious undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood – known as the Fake Sheik – and he claimed she's brokered a deal to sell him drugs while he was posing as wealthy film producer.

The case went to court and Tulisa's trial sensationally collapsed, with Mahmood being accused of tampering with evidence.

He was later tried on related charges and sentenced to 15 months in prison.

After the charges against her were dropped, Tulisa, who always denied the drug charges, later said: "Let me be perfectly clear.

“I have never dealt drugs and I have never been involved in taking or dealing cocaine.

“This whole case was a horrific and disgusting entrapment by Mazher Mahmood.”

Despite being cleared of any wrongdoing, Tulisa's career appeared to have been derailed by the distraction of the criminal case.


Just a year later, Tulisa found herself back in court after being accused of attacking blogger Vas J Morgan in a bust-up at V Festival in Essex in 2013.

She was convicted of assault and ordered to pay a £3,000 fine. She later lost an appeal against the conviction.

Tulisa then took a big step back and has barely been seen aside from a handful of guest appearances on the The X Factor and an aborted attempt at re-launching her singing career in 2016.

Her cover of 1990s hit Sweet Like Chocolate failed to chart and that seemed to be the last we were going to see of her.

Tulisa's most high-profile work during her time-off was a long-running legal battle against music stars will.i.am and Britney Spears, who she accused of denying a her a writing credit on their hit 2012 track Scream and Shout.

She claimed to have co-written the song for The Female Boss, but dropped it from the listing and will.i.am later re-jigged it for his Britney collaboration.

Tulisa won the case last year, and was given an official credit on the record and 10 per cent of the publish rights and income.


She's remained a regular presence on Instagram during her time away from the spotlight, revealing she's been spending time with friends, going on holiday and spending a lot of time in Los Angeles.

Fans may have predicted this week's comeback on the horizon last year as the star posted a picture of herself working in a recording studio in LA.

She has also been away on a juice retreat in Portugal a bid to get into shape ahead of her comeback.

Today she announced she is returning to the music scene with a new single, named Daddy, on Friday 5 April.

After signing a new contract with her old label Xploded Music, Tulisa posted a clip teasing her new single on her social media, giving fans a glimpse of what is to come.

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