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, 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.
Mahmood posed as a Bollywood filmmaker and made Tulisa believe she was in the running for a £3,500,000 film role along with Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet.
The singer claimed the case only went ahead because she was a celebrity - and said the fact she had "played the game" previously with the press to promote her interests did not justify the sting.
"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.
:: The singer speaks more about the sting in a documentary called Tulisa - The Price Of Fame showing on BBC3 on Monday night at 10pm.