Tulisa Contostavlos has apologised for publicly accusing X Factor contestant Misha B of bullying – but denied her comments were racially motivated.
Over the weekend, Misha B claimed the was painted as an “angry black girl” when she appeared on the show back in 2011.
The singer posted a video of judges Louis Walsh and Tulisa harshly criticising her during the third live show, over rumours she had been “bullying” other contestants behind the scenes.
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I’m just going to leave this here. I have received many calls and messages throughout the last couple of months regarding this incident. I have been in two minds of whether to address it, simply because I know that this problem is a lot bigger than me and I wanted to focus solely on the current affairs. 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 assassinate my character and to sabotage my career by orchestrating lies. ALL FOR A HEAD LINE. 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 🦋✊🏿 Please join me on Instagram live tonight @ 9pm where I will be discussing my experiences further. I want to make it clear that I share my truth only to educate and uplift. LOVE, m i S h a
During an Instagram Live, the 28-year-old said she believes producers and judges had concocted a “bullying” storyline, and said: “They saw an opportunity to tear down a black girl that came from a broken home and worked together to assassinate my character and to sabotage my career by orchestrating lies.”
Misha said the experience left her with suicidal thoughts, and she’s since been diagnosed with PTSD.
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Responding to Misha’s claims in a video posted on Instagram, Tulisa said she regrets calling her out publicly – but denied claims her actions were racially charged.
In the video, she said: “So, I’m making this video in response to a video Misha B has done, and also false accusations online. I’m not taking away from the fact of how she feels…”
“I accept that she is entitled to her opinion and I’m sorry that she feels that situation was racially motivated… I can only speak from my side of the story which I can say it 100% was not. One thing I regret is calling her out publicly which I did…”
“If I was the person I am today, as somebody who is more emotionally intelligent who has more life experience, I would have handled it a different way. I am truly sorry for that and I regret it.”
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“But to say and make claims.. and I’m not saying she is but I’m seeing people doing it online.. that it was racially motivated is ludicrous. Let me explain to you what happened. There had been an accumulation of things that Misha had done to other contestants and my contestants backstage…”
“She made two of my acts cry – one of them being on the night I made those comments. After that, backstage she asked me: ‘Why did you do it?’ and I said: ‘Why did you do what you did to my act?'”
“To this day I didn’t find her excuse feasible. I still don’t agree with it. I called a lot of people out on that show – white, black, short, tall. It’s nothing to do with skin colour…”
“I was protecting my acts and if somebody does some nasty stuff – whether it’s on that show or not, I’m gonna call her out on it. I didn’t wake up that day and think I’m gonna call Misha out because of the colour of her skin,” Tulisa said.
“She did some things that I felt I needed to pull her up one. They were real and happening. I was dealing with crying contestants. I’m sure she’s not the same person. This was 10 years ago. Same as I’m not the same person who would call her out the way I did. I was a very feisty 22-year-old…”
“I didn’t think of emotional consequences but I can tell you race wasn’t in the equation. It had nothing to do with race these accusations are ludicrous…”
“I owe my life to black people and black culture. From my career, to the music I make, to my very being, who I am as a person. I was the only white person in my friendship group, my father was raised in the Congo till he was 16…”
“I’m very passionate about Black Lives Matter and when I spoke to my friend about what I should do they told me to get educated and that’s what I’m going to do before I speak out…”
“I hope this movement can put an end to the centuries of oppression, of abuse of racism and corrupt system we are part of. Please believe me when I tell you that I do not have a racist bone in my body.”
Tulisa captioned the post: “I have witnessed black people being torn down in the industry, especially black women. It is a very real and serious issue.”
“But my issue at that time was a response to actions, and was in no way shape or form about race. I have never and will never take part in any oppressive or racist agenda.”
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