Tulisa: It's "f**ked up" people expect me to cover up my drug past

Tulisa Contostavlos 2011

Honest new X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has claimed that it's "f**ked up" she's expected to cover up her drug ridden past for the show. Speaking to Fabulous magazine this week, Tulisa added she didn't need to lie to be a role model.

The N-Dubz singer previously frankly admitted: "I smoked weed when I was a kid and got into fights. We did pinch a couple of handbags. I wasn’t part of a girl gang, though. We were just a group of troublesome chicks.

"Obviously, we were consuming so much weed and alcohol, we were going loopy anyway."

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But hitting out at critics, Tulisa said: "How many politicians out there smoked weed in their teens but wouldn’t have the balls to stand up to the country and admit it?

"We bring our children up to believe that honesty is the best policy and that we forgive people for their mistakes. But when someone stands up and says: ‘This is what i did’, they get blasted for it."

She continued: "So what these people are asking me to do is lie? To pretend to be someone else? How is that being a role mode? That's f**ked up. Yeah, I used to smoke weed. I don’t anymore. I’m a completely drug free person. I’ve admitted to it, said I’ve had a really bad experience - I’ve never glamorised it"

And the 23-year-old singer, who's the youngest judge The X Factor has ever seen, insisted she could still be a role model despite her past: "Young girls look up to me because of what I’ve been through, the s**t I’ve got myself out of and where i am now."

Tulisa added: "I will never apologise for my past."

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