“The X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos, 24, is reportedly close to buying a £6 million mansion in Hertforshire, England. (£6 million converted to U.S. dollars are $9.6 million.)
Contostavlos’ “X Factor” salary for 2012 is reportedly £500,000 (or $800,550), which is twice of what she was reportedly paid in 2011 when she joined the show.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Contostavlos “is believed to be buying the Hertforshire property for around £5 million, even though it was advertised for £6m. The country estate boasts a spa complex with a steam room and sauna. The singer will also be able to enjoy state-of-the-art gadgets, including a double-fronted fridge with motorized shelving and waterproof TVs for the bathrooms.”
Meanwhile, as if she hadn’t made enough confessions about her sex life in her flop tell-all memoir “Honest: My Story So Far,” Contostavlos did an interview with Fabulous magazine in which she said: “Eighty percent of the guys I’ve been with were when I was between 14 and 17. Now I’m 24, I act like the Virgin Mary. A lot of my friends might go out and meet a new guy every couple of months, or sleep with this person or what person, but I’m the complete opposite. They take the piss [British slang for poke fun at] and call me the born-again virgin.”
This statement is an obvious attempt to clean up her image, but Contostavlos can’t realistically expect people to believe that statement, considering her well-documented love life in the tabloids. For anyone keeping track, the latest man in her life is soccer player Danny Simpson. She dumped actor Jody Latham for Simpson, after Latham and Contostavlos had a fling that lasted for about a month. Several of Simpson’s ex-lovers, including the mother of Simpson’s two children, have gone to the tabloids to say that Simpson is a cheater. Contostavlos has lashed out at these women on Twitter by calling them hateful names in profanity-laced rants.
While Contostavlos gets in feuds with her boyfriend’s ex-lovers, she has been knocked out of “The X Factor” competition in 2012, after Ella Henderson (the last contestant in her 2012 mentor category) was eliminated on November 18 and came in sixth place. It’s a big contrast from 2011, when Contostavlos was the winning mentor who helped Little Mix become the first group to win on the show.
Contostavlos, who found fame in 2008 as a member of hip-hop trio N-Dubz, has launched a solo career. Her first solo album, “The Female Boss,” is set for release in the U.K. on November 26, 2012.
December 3, 2012 update: The Sun reports that Contostavlos has bought the mansion. The tabloid has photos of her showing boyfriend Danny Simpson the house.