SINGER and X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has spoken for the first time of her Sheffield roots.
The 23-year-old N-Dubz star revealed while speaking to DJ Chris Moyles during his Radio 1 breakfast show yesterday that her mum, Ann Byrne, is from Sheffield.
She said: “I can speak northern - my mum is from Sheffield. I start speaking northern when I am with her, saying ‘me’ instead of ‘my’ - ‘Where’s me tea?’ and that.”
Chris then asked if her mum still has family in the city, and if she goes back to visit, and she said: “Yes, I’ve got cousins there.”
Tulisa’s grandfather on her mother’s side, Tommy Byrne, was a soprano in his native Ireland aged 13. During the 1970s his daughters - Ann and her sisters Moira, Louise and Paula - formed a singing group called Jeep. Their big break came on TV talent show Rising Stars - the BBC’s rival to ITV’s New Faces.
They sang cover versions and later performed around the country.
But Ann has battled with mental illness, and was sectioned under the mental health act when Tulisa was five years old.
Tulisa, who was born and brought up in London, made an emotional documentary in 2010 about her mother’s struggle with mental illness.
Her mum has remained stable since she was diagnosed with schizo affective disorder five years ago.
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