Newly vindicated former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has said that she has had some work done on her face, but rubbished claims that she’s had a nose job.
In a candid and emotional interview right after her drug case against the Sun was thrown out, Tulisa speaks to the Guardian’s Simon Hattenstone about the devastating effect the trial had on her in the past year and her plans for rebuilding her reputation which has taken a huge dent after an undercover reporter Mazher Mahmud (known as the fake sheikh) accused her of trying to sell him drugs.
Asked if she was aware that people were suggesting she’s had cosmetic surgery after her appearance outside court where she gave a statement proclaiming her innocence, Tulisa says, “Look, the papers have always said I’ve denied it, but I haven’t given an interview in a year, so where have I had the chance to deny it?”
“I just haven’t spoken about it. Yes, I’ve had my lips done, and I’m happy with my lips. And I also had a tiny bit of filler in my cheeks. Pictures of me where my face was swelling, I had water retention – where you have filler your face draws up a load of water. So my face began to swell like a balloon. And this is when people thought I’d had surgery and said, what’s she done? She’s ruined her face.”
When Hattenstone suggests that she was fine before any of the procedures, she said, “Thank you, I hear you. It was a choice I made.”
“I’d lost a load of weight and I was looking at my face and felt…It really bugs me when people say I’ve had a nose job. That’s just makeup,” before adding that she’s ‘happy’ with her new look.
The 26-year-old told of how she contemplated committing suicide at the height of the trial and also spoke for the first time about how she met Mahmood who had planned an elaborate scam including posh hotel trips, first class tickets to Vegas and VIP treatment at exclusive restaurants to trick the singer into believing she was being considered for a part in a Hollywood movie next to Leonardo DiCaprio.
Read the full interview here.