18/12/2014 11:34 GMT | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Mel B Talks Fashion, Cheryl, Victoria, And Why She Moved To LA

Mel B has taken the X Factor by storm this year, becoming the popular outspoken fourth judge on the panel.

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Chatting to Grazia magazine for their Christmas issue, however, she says that while she's honest, she also has a "vulnerable" side.

She told the mag, "I know that in the past I've been seen as this tough, ballsy woman who doesn't care, has no emotions, but I can be vulnerable and emotional. I'm human.

"I think the public only saw one side to me, but if they'd looked they'd have seen every side."

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She added that she never watched the X Factor performances back so she could give an honest opinion, "I see the performances for the first time with the viewers so whatever comes out of my mouth is fresh and honest," she said. "I don't edit myself and that can get me into trouble.

"I don't take life too seriously. I'm not everyone's cup of tea, but I'm honest and real. I'm always happy, and if I'm not I fix it immediately."

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One thing she's shaken up for the X Factor - and which she's loving - is her new style.

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According to the Daily Mail, she revealed her new stylist Jason Bolde on the show wanted her to rock a different kind of look.

"He wanted to give me a sleeker, more chic look, and he's done wonders," she explains, adding that her hair made a big difference to her style.

"With shorter hair you have to be conscious of what to wear, because you don't want to look to boyish.

"You want to stay looking ladylike."

And speaking about style, she admits that she loves former Spice Girl band member Victoria Beckham's creations. She said of VB, "She's witty as hell, very funny and an amazing business woman. I love her dresses."

But, she admitted that it's Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who's her new BFF. Mel said, "I am a girl's girl and Cheryl is lovely, how can you not love her? I'm not bitchy and she's not bitchy, so we clicked straight away. She's a strong independent woman who's been through a lot, publicly, and she still stands her ground. I love her for that."

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According to the Express, during the interview Mel also explained why she left British soil to live in LA, saying she wanted her daughters to be "empowered".

"I had very negative press and I didn't want my kids to be bought up around negativity. I wanted my girls to be empowered, and America pats you on the back," she mused.

"I also wanted to be able to walk out the front door without getting cameras in my baby's face."

Fair enough - and honest, as usual.

The full interview appears in this week's Grazia magazine, on sale 16th – 29th December.

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