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Friday 17 August 2018

Tulisa’s Irish mum tells her to stop crying on X Factor

JUDGE Tulisa Contostavlos has revealed that her Irish mum had some advice for her.



Her comments came after the N-Dubz singer broke down while watching a Dublin mum-of-four audition.

The 23-year-old compared Michelle Barrett (32) to her mum Ann (50) as the contestant revealed that she had sacrificed her singing career to raise her four children.

“You remind me of my mum. It was brilliant,” Tulisa told Michelle. “Just like you, mum had a beautiful voice.

Powerful

“Me and mum have this really powerful relationship, she's the reason I sing. She became unwell and spent her life singing – in the kitchen.”

Tulisa's emotional outburst caused worry among fans but she laughed it off.

“My mum called me 2nit going ‘r u ok love? Stop crying' [sic],” she said. “It’s not live yet mum, I'm sitting eating my dinner. She cracks me up.”

Tulisa, who was born in Camden, north London, started taking care of her mum at just 11 years old, before moving in with relatives when her mum's condition worsened.

Despite Ann suffering from schizoaffective disorder – a combination of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia – she is very close to her daughter.

Meanwhile, an Irish teenager who is through to the bootcamp stage of the X Factor has revealed her disappointment after her performance was edited down to a 30-second clip.

Dubliner Melanie McCabe has revealed that she was “completely gutted” that producers took out all the positive comments she received during her successful audition.

The pretty 18-year-old sang two songs for judges Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow, Kelly Rowland and Tulisa, but the only footage was of her belting out Rihanna's Only Girl In The World.

“I'm really annoyed that they cut my other song [One Night Only from the movie Dreamgirls] which earned me a four-judge standing ovation.

“They also took out all of the great comments from the judges, which was really gutting. It just seems so unfair.

“I wish the producers hadn't taken out my other song where the four judges got on their feet.

“I just wish they hadn't chosen the worst bit of the two songs to broadcast – because I don't want people thinking I sound like that.”

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