'I immediately disliked him': Tulisa's father speaks out about singer's ex 'who sold sex tape'
01:09 GMT, 16 April 2012
Tulisa Contostavlos has already issued a video response to a sex tape featuring herself that was recently leaked to the press.
And now her father, Plato, has spoken about the damage the footage has done to his family, saying his daughter couldn't even speak about it.
The 53-year-old also laid the blame squarely at one man, Tulisa's ex Justin Edwards – although he has denied involvement in the video becoming public.
He told the Sunday Mirror: 'What Justin did has really brought the family down and destroyed us in some ways. Tulisa is strong but it seriously dented her confidence.I tried to speak to her about it but she was so upset she couldn’t talk. She was in bits. He has ripped her heart apart.'
Plato, who was a drummer in famous seventies group Mungo Jerry, also recalled how he disliked Justin (known as MC Ultra) from that very first time they met.
He said: 'I remember the first time I met Justin. I picked Tulisa up one night from Camden and he was there. They were arguing in the street. I immediately disliked him and every time I met him after that he seemed arrogant and had little respect for me. I think he was just trying to piggyback on the fame of N-Dubz.
Bad impression: Plato didn't like Justin Edwards from the start
'But in Tulisa’s eyes he was the one for her. She wanted to marry him at the time. They had even talked about having kids. She never told me why they split up but whatever happened does not excuse showing an intimate tape to the world.'
Plato also spoke about his sadness at the break-up of his daughter and Fazer, AKA Richard Rawson.
And he revealed that Simon Cowell has been very supportive of Tulisa since the sex tape hit the internet a few weeks ago.
Split: Plato says he was upset when Fazer and his daughter split
Earlier this month Tulisa's legal fight to ban the video by releasing a statement to the High Court to defend herself.
In the statement, which has been obtained by The Sun, the X Factor judge said: 'I believe I must have been intoxicated at the time the video footage was taken.
'Now that I can see the video, I can see it is me in it.
Support: Tulisa has the backing of X Factor boss Simon Cowell
'I must have been very drunk to let my then boyfriend Justin Edwards, who I also know features in the video, take the footage.'
The 28-year-old has denied he leaked the footage saying it would have been 'ungentlemanly' and he had been 'brought up better than that'.
But Tulisa had made legal moves to extend an injunction banning the footage and is reportedly suing him for damages of up to 100,000.
The trial is set to begin this summer.
New man: The singer's new boyfriend Jack O'Connell has Plato's approval