Former X Factor Judge, Tulisa Diagnosed With Paralysis

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Tulisa has revealed she has Bell’s palsy, a type of paralysis that temporarily affects the ability to control the facial muscles.

Speaking to ITV’s Loose Women, the singer and former X Factor judge said she sustained nerve damage after a horse riding accident.

“I do suffer from Bell’s palsy… it can cause facial paralysis, it can cause swelling,” she explained.

“I think the first attack I had was after a serious horse-riding accident.

“I fractured my skull and it caused a lot of nerve damage.”

It is the first time the N-Dubz star, whose full name is Tulisa Contostavlos, has revealed the diagnosis.

“At any time, I have emergency steroids on me, and now luckily I know how to manage it, so the attacks don’t last as long,” she explained.

“There have actually been times when people have criticised me for the way I look and my face, not knowing I’m actually going through a Bell’s palsy attack.”

She added: “If you have steroids within a 72 hour period, it can last days instead of seven months, which happened to me the first time. I was hiding in the house.”