Tulisa: I Was Suicidal After Fake Sheikh Sting

Tulisa Contostavlos has revealed she was suicidal after a sting by The Sun on Sunday led to her being charged over drugs allegations.

The former X Factor mentor saw her trial for brokering a drugs deal collapse last week when the judge said there were strong grounds to believe undercover reporter Mazher Mahmood - also known as the "fake sheikh" - had lied at an earlier hearing.

In an interview with Sky News ahead of a TV documentary, Tulisa - who had been told she could face four years in prison - explained it had been the worst year of her life.

"When I found out I was being charged I lost all hope," she said.

"I didn't have any fight left in me. I don't know who that person was but she was in a very dark place."

Tulisa was charged with helping to supply cocaine to The Sun on Sunday journalist after an expose was published in the paper last June.

The fake sheikh posed as a film producer and led Tulisa to believe she was in the running for a £3,500,000 film deal along with Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet.

She says she played up to the role of a bad girl and as well as being plied with alcohol, Tulisa says she believes her drinks were also spiked – an allegation Mr Mahmood strongly denied in court.

"I fully understand the media and the press. I don't see that that in any way justifies what they've done to me. You don't create something that didn't happen."

Tulisa will soon be back in court after she was found guilty of assaulting a celebrity blogger at a music festival last year - a ruling she is appealing.

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