A re-working of the Nineties garage hit Sweet Like Chocolate , the song puts Contostavlos back in the headlines after years of court appearances and controversy have kept her in the papers. The success of the song is yet to be measured. Her debut solo album was given a tactical release date to align with the show starting.
While N-Dubz publicly imploded in a frenzy of Twitter spats and label disputes, Contostavlos was cruising to a more sophisticated stage of her life. Or that was the theory. Although Contostavlos was granted an injunction, the damage was done: While some deemed the sex tape the end of her career, Simon Cowell maintained that Contostavlos would keep her job on the X Factor. A man not known for his charitable employment, Cowell smelled the publicity potential: Within a week, Contostavlos admitted the tape was of her, and posted a tearful video apology on YouTube to hammer the point home.
But by the time she was back on the X Factor, her luck had changed. Although her second single reached number 11, her third barely scraped the Top Regardless, Contostavlos had become worthy tabloid fodder.
Mahmood later claimed that Contostavlos had brokered a deal through her friend to supply Class A drugs, and she was arrested. Tulisa Contostavlos appears at Westminster magistrates' court to answer drugs charges Credit: For a while it looked like the year-old would be sent to prison. But it was a continuation of a troubling pattern that saw her become more closely associated with her time in court than her time in the charts.
Her appeal was unsuccessful, and she had to pay thousands in assault and court fines. Meanwhile, Contostavlos attempted to maintain her ailing music career. It attracted a modest viewing. A photo posted by Tulisa Contostavlos tulisasinstagram on Aug 13, at 4: She was convicted of drink driving in April , banned from driving for 15 months and had to pay a fine.
So Contostavlos has plenty to come back from. Perhaps Sweet Like Chocolate could reverse her fortune, or simply wind back time five years to — when she was known better for pop than for controversy.