X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos found herself at centre of scandal after sex tape featuring her emerged online
Tulisa Contostavlos found herself at centre of scandal after sex tape featuring her emerged online

X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has claimed that her video romp was not really a sex tape as she was still young and learning - despite a seemingly heartfelt video apology to fans in the wake of the scandal.

The 23-year-old former N-Dubz star, who made headlines in March after footage of her performing a sex act on former boyfriend Justin Edwards appeared on the internet, insisted that it was not a big deal as "everybody does it".

Speaking about the ordeal publicly for the first time during an appearance on Alan Carr's chat show in scenes due to air tonight, Contostavlos appeared distraught and emotional.

The singer told the Chatty Man host: "I would hardly call it a sex tape. Number one, there was no sex involved. Number two, a 19-year-old who's just starting to learn and her boyfriend pulls out a camera doesn't really class as a sex tape."

Breaking down in tears, she said: "Everyone does it. Such a big deal has been made out of it that I feel like a bloody alien."

Contostavlos went on to reiterate her belief that Edwards was behind its release despite him fiercely denying the claims.

She also revealed that she fears more saucy revelations could emerge and added: "Who knows what to expect from him."

She admitted that she assumed her job on the X Factor panel would be at risk and her reputation damaged forever when the explicit tape went viral.

"I'm thinking, 'Oh God, my career could be over - the whole UK thinks I'm a slapper.'

"I have been surprised by how nice everyone has been."

She said the tape was her worst nightmare and that she had a "bit of a nervous breakdown" over it.

She said that she was now in a good place after finding happiness with her new boyfriend, Skins star Jack O'Connell.

Alan Carr Chatty Man airs tonight on Channel 4 at 10pm