Since 16-year-old Tamera first appeared on the ITV talent show, press reports have uncovered that she was held by security guards for stealing make-up from a branch of Boots a month after her first audition.
Asked whether they think Tamera's past will hinder her chances off winning 'X Factor', Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall told The Huffington Post UK: “No it won’t. That [damning press reports] happened to us when we were on there as well, but past is past. It’s like leave the girl alone.”
Fellow Little Mixer Leigh-Anne Pinnock added: “It’s upsetting though, it’s like they’ve got it in for her.”
The 2011 winners also don't believe Tamera deserved to be in the sing-off last weekend against Kingsland Road.
“She’s a little pop star in the making that girl, she’s so stunning,” Jade said.
Little Mix's support comes in the same week that Reveal magazine reports Tamera is a "nightmare" to work with over the top diva demands.
The mag quotes a source who claims the singer is causing conflict behind-the-scenes.
"She’s over the top demanding and causes conflict behind the scenes wherever she goes: With stylists, producers and other contestants.
"I’ve worked with people like Tamera on the show before, so I know that if she’s like this at an early stage then she’s going to be a nightmare later on," the source says.
But Tamera has also hit back at the negative headlines.
She told Heat magazine: “I don’t think I’m any different from any other teenage girl, to be honest.
“Yeah, I have made mistakes in the past, but who hasn’t? It was a long time ago and I’ve really moved on from it.”
Little Mix’s new album ‘Salute’ will be released on 11 November, watch the video for their new single 'Move', below.
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