Tulisa Contostavlos has responded to Misha B’s video on her time on X Factor, in which she recalled being accused of bullying on the show.
Misha – real name Misha Bryan – appeared on the programme in 2011 and shared a video to her social media this week where she was told by then-judges Tulisa and Louis Walsh that she had an ‘attitude’ and made ‘mean comments’ towards other contestants.
In the X Factor clip Misha posted, Tulisa tells her after her performance: ‘I’ve been told by a few contestants this week that there’s been a few mean comments towards them.
‘I’m not putting you down, I’m saying take that feistiness and that energy and bring it on the stage. When you get off stage leave the war behind.
‘I think you’re gonna be amazing, just put aside the attitude.’
Speaking of the aftermath of her time on the show, Misha revealed how she had felt so awful at the time that she considered taking her own life.
While Misha never explicitly accused Tulisa of racism, the N-Dubz star has now shared her thoughts, saying she’s seen people online suggest the X Factor moment was ‘racially motivated’, and has insisted she doesn’t have a ‘racist bone in her body’.
In a lengthy video uploaded to Instagram, Tulisa said she was making the video in response to ‘a lot of false accusations’ she was seeing.
Tulisa went on: ‘I’m not taking away from the fact of how Misha feels, I accept that she is entitled to her opinion and I’m sorry if she feels that that situation was racially motivated. I can only speak from my side of the situation, which I can say it was 100% not.
‘One thing I regret is calling her out publicly the way that I did. If I was the person I am today, who is more emotionally intelligent, who has more life experience, I would have handled it in a different way.
‘And that I can truly sorry for and I deeply regret.
‘But to say and make claims – I’m not saying she is, I’m seeing people doing it online – that it was racially motivated is ludicrous.’
Tulisa continued: ‘There had been an accumulation of things Misha had done to other contestants and my contestants backstage. She had made two of my acts cry. One of them being on the night I made the comments.
‘Afterwards backstage she asked me why did I do that, I asked her why did you do what you did to my acts.
‘To this day I don’t find her excuse feasible. I still don’t agree with it.
‘I called a lot of people out on that show, white, black, tall, short, it’s nothing to do with skin colour, I was protecting my acts. And if somebody does some nasty stuff, whether it be on that show or not, I going to call them out for it. It’s nothing to do with race.
‘I didn’t wake up and think I’m going to cause some drama for Misha B because of the colour of her skin, she did some things that I felt I needed to pull her up on.’
Tulisa claimed she was ‘dealing with crying contestants backstage because of her actions’.
She added: ‘I’m sure she’s not the same person, this was 10 years ago, just as I’m not the same person to call her out in the way that I did, I was a very feisty 22-year-old. I didn’t think of emotional consequences but I can 100% tell you race was not even in the equation. Had nothing to do with race. These accusations are ludicrous.’
The singer went on to say she ‘owed her life’ to black people and to black culture, ‘from my career to the music I make to my very being who I am as a person’.
She said: ‘I was the only white person in my friendship group growing up, my father was raised in Congo and Ethiopia until the age of 16. I’m very passionate about the Black Lives Matter movement.
‘When I spoke to my friends, about what I should do, they told me to get educated. So that’s what I’m currently doing before I speak up…
‘I hope that this movement can put an end to the centuries of oppression, abuse, racism and corrupt system we’re a part of.
‘But please, believe me when I tell you I do not have a racist bone in my body.’
Tulisa’s former N-Dubz bandmate Fazer also seemingly addressed the situation on his Instagram, as he wrote: ‘Stop messaging me [I don’t give a f**k]. If you can’t handle being judged then don’t go on a show with judges!’
Misha had previously revealed that Tulisa had given her a ‘half-ar*ed apology’ after the incident happened.
‘The only conversation this woman [Tulisa] had with me was after this all happened, when she gave me a very half-ar*ed apology,’ she said. ‘Not the words “I’m sorry”, but “I never meant to do you no harm”.’
She added: ‘The damage is done, bruv. The damage is done.’
Sharing the clip to social media of Tulisa and Louis confronting her in front of the live audience on X Factor, Misha said: ‘When those allegations and all that f**kery happened, I was on the coach. I was on my own, I decided to sit on my own I just needed time to breathe.
‘I just remember thinking of ways to end my own life. We arrived back at the mansion and all I could think about was running away. Just getting out of there.’
The singer began therapy in 2012 which has continued to this day. She ended the video by putting the word out to anyone in the music industry that could help get her music out there.
Earlier on Sunday, Misha wrote she was in two minds as to whether to address her time on the show.
She said: ‘Seeing the continuous mistreatment of my brothers and sisters all around the world has reawakened the PTSD that I have worked tirelessly to uproot and I know I do not stand alone on this.
‘In 2011 what I thought at the time would be the best opportunity for me, turned out to be the most painful experience of my life. What you see in this video is 1% of what I endured.
‘They saw an opportunity to tear down a black girl that came from a broken home and worked together to sabotage my career by orchestrating lies upon lies. For what exactly I will never comprehend.
‘Nonetheless today and everyday I am a powerful black woman. I have been aware since I was a child, that my unapologetic nature would offend those that do not feel comfortable in their own skin…. Which results in this kind of behaviour.
‘But In the words of our late great Maya Angelou STILL I RISE. (sic)’
After other X Factor contestants supported Misha, the programme released a statement in which it said it was looking into the matter and that it was ‘committed to diversity and equality’.
An X Factor spokesperson said: ‘We are very concerned to hear Misha’s comments regarding her experience on The X Factor in 2011.
‘We are currently looking into this matter and are reaching out to Misha to discuss the important issues she has raised.
‘The welfare of contestants is our priority and we are committed to diversity and equality.’
Louis Walsh declined to comment when approached by Metro.co.uk.