The footballer was pretty keen on an American model

Tulisa was first spotted with Newcastle footballer Danny Simpson, 25, three weeks ago and she didn’t mind that he had a reputation as a bad boy ladies’ man, having had flings with Natasha Giggs, Imogen Thomas and Roxanne Pallett.

But things turned sour for The X Factor judge when Danny’s ex Stephanie Ward, 25, claimed Danny ditched her for Tulisa while she was pregnant with his second child.

Another girl Krystal Benjamin, 21, then claimed she was seeing Danny and had a date planned with him in Southampton last weekend.

Danny’s strongly denied all their claims and Tulisa last week issued a statement ‘categorically denying’ that she entered into the relationship while he was still with Stephanie or knew she was expecting.

However, Tulisa’s starting to feel that people are enjoying bringing her down a peg or two.

‘She’s fed up of it,’ says one source. ‘She’s just trying to live her life, but people are really having a go.’

Although Tulisa’s standing by her man, she may be upset to hear she wasn’t Danny’s only target.

A friend of his let slip to Now that he’s been on the hunt for a celeb girlfriend for ages – and had first asked for US model Kate Upton’s phone number.

‘He asked whether I knew Kate or Tulisa,’ says the friend. ‘He was determined to get in contact with either of them.

‘He was asking all of his mates if anyone had their contact details. It seemed he was set on landing a famous girlfriend, but didn’t mind who.’

However, Danny seems smitten with Tulisa now, telling pals: ‘I love that girl.’

He even met her family when he visited her at The X Factor two weeks ago. 

‘He was really nervous,’ says another source. ‘He was desperate to make a good impression. Whatever happened previously, he’s loved-up now.’

Read the full story about Tulisa Contostavlos in Now magazine dated 3 December 2012 – out now!

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