Tulisa Contostavlos is one of the most talented and high-profile recording artists working in the UK today.
She has three platinum N-Dubz albums, four MOBO awards, a ground-breaking drama series, two documentaries, a MIND award and an X Factor judge's win under her belt. Not bad for a girl who's not yet 25. But this is not just a tale of glittering success.
Tulisa grew up on a tough London estate and left school with no qualifications as she struggled to cope with deep-seated emotional problems while caring for her mother alone. She has seen first-hand what drugs, alcohol, gang culture and violent relationships can do to young people, but she has come through it all to become the confident, inspiring artist she is today. After taking her little muffins Little Mix to the winning spot of the X Factor at the end of 2011, and with her long-awaited solo album being released later this year, the future is bright for Tulisa.
Told in her own words, this is her story.