Singer Tamera Foster has already proven to be one of the most controversial of this year’s crop of X Factor contestants, given it’s been alleged that she “boasted” about using marijuana, attacked a teenager on a train and has been signed up to a number of product endorsement deals that could affect her contract with Simon Cowell’s show…
And amid all of that – and because of her glamorous image – it’s easy to forget that she’s only 16 years old.
However, a report in The Sun today, in which Tamera has revealed her hurt over her father having left her and her mother when the singer was just a baby, is a stark reminder that despite her onstage persona, a part of her is simply a hurt and upset child.
Explaining that her mum Rachel raised her and her two siblings on her own, Tamera told the paper, “I don’t know my dad…
“I met him on my first birthday and he left me a dress, a teddy bear and a pair of gold earrings.
“I never saw him again.”
She added, “My mum was 16 when she had me and he was young as well. He was there for the whole pregnancy but after I was born he started not to show up.”
And when asked how she’d feel if her father was now prompted to try to walk back into her life, angry Tamera said, “I think it might happen. I don’t think I’d want to talk to him.
“He has had the chance to fix up his game.
“If he didn’t care to do that then or for the last 16 years then what’s his business in coming back now?”
The paper adds, “[Tamera] is very close to sister Keira, 11, and brother Regan, 13, who both suffer from mild autism. On Saturday’s live show, Tamera was shown giving her little sister a kiss in the Foster family home.”
Of her family, Tamera said, “My brother and sister are mildly affected with autism so my mum cares for them.
“My family has given so much to me and I want to give them something back.
“I’d really like to buy my mum a house, I’ve promised my little baby cousin a car when he’s 17 and my little sister Keira wants a pony.
“My family are my motivation. I don’t just want bags and shoes out of this.”
And finally, of the lurid tabloid tales about her so-called ‘wild child’ past, Tamera said, “I don’t want to be judged on my past…
“Everyone has a back story, but it’s what I’m doing now that really matters.
“I do really want to be a good role model for my fans. Beyonce is my role model. Music helps me express what I’m feeling.
“I will never be violent again. I’m embarrassed to look back on that…
“I realise what I’ve done wrong and I will do what it takes to make it better.
“I’m very committed to my music, I know what I want and where I want to be and hopefully I can strive to achieve that.
“It means everything to me, X Factor is such a big show and it can get me to a lot of places.
“It’s amazing to be here.”
Here’s a reminder of Tamera performing on the first live show at the weekend…