After former “X Factor” U.K. contestant Jade Ellis, 25, was eliminated from the show on October 28, 2012, she and “X Factor” U.K. judge Tulisa Contostavlos (who goes by the stage name Tulisa) partied that night at the club Aura in London to try to get over their disappointment of her getting voted off the show. (Contostavlos was Ellis’ “X Factor” mentor while Ellis was a contestant.)
Joining the two women for their night of partying were other “X Factor” U.K. stars: One Direction’s Niall Horan and Zayn Malik (who are both 19), “X Factor” U.K.2008 winner Alexandra Burke, 24. (One Direction came in third place on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2010.) In the United Kingdom, the minimum legal age to drink alcohol is 18 years old.
According to sources who were there, Malik (who has been dating Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards since April 2012) was being a good boyfriend and was not acting polite but not flirtatious with women who approached him and tried to flirt with him. And where was Edwards? She’s been Australia with Little Mix to promote Little Mix’s first album, “DNA.”
Burke and Horan, who have been platonic friends since 2010, were hanging out for a while at the club and acting a little touchy-feely, but nothing romantic was going on between them. Burke reportedly has a crush on Horan, but the feeling isn’t mutual.
Meanwhile, 24-year-old Contostavlos (as usual) had lot to drink, and eyewitnesses say that she is taking Ellis’ elimination harder than Ellis is. Behind the scenes, Contostavlos is bitter about “X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow telling Ellis on “The X Factor” on October 27 that she was in danger of getting eliminated because he thought Ellis’ singing that night was disappointing. Contostavlos believes that remark affected the outcome of the voting, and she is still miffed at Barlow for his insulting remark that night on “The X Factor” when he told her that her breath smells like cigarette ash. Barlow made a public apology to Contostavlos that night for his rude comment, but she may still be holding a grudge against him.
Ellis was overheard saying that she didn’t want to stay out too late because she wanted to get home to her 6-year-old daughter, Caiden, and her 25-year-old live-in girlfriend, Heba Elgamel. Ellis, who is openly gay, has been with Elgamel since 2006.
Horan and Contostavlos are “drinking buddies.” Malik and Horan have also spent some time together partying, most notoriously at Justin Bieber’s house in Los Angeles on September 6, after One Direction was at the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. Bieber tweeted a few photos from the party.
It was while partying at Bieber’s house that Malik injured his ankle due to what he and Bieber said was a skateboarding accident. Malik was treated at a hospital and had to be on crutches for less than a week, but he says he is “completely fine” now is and fully recovered from the injury.