Fifty Shades: Tulisa takes credit for popularity of S&M romance

Tabloid tales: Tulisa wants a dominating guy; Elton John calls Madonna a 'fairground stripper'

LAST UPDATED AT 11:21 ON Mon 6 Aug 2012

FAMED for her X-rated sex tape, Tulisa Contostavlos claims she is partly responsible for the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey. Tulisa says she was one of the first people to read the EL James novel, reports The Sun. "I started reading it and I became obsessed and I think I told everyone and anyone about it and now it's spread like wildfire," she explained. The singer says the book didn't improve her love life but she is on the look-out for a domineering man like the character of Christian Grey. "It's probably because I'm so dominating, I need a dominating guy."

Elton John has reignited his feud with Madonna, branding her a "f***ing fairground stripper", reports the Daily Mail. Elton lashed out during an interview on Australian TV show Sunday Night claiming that Madonna had been horrible to Lady Gaga, who is godmother to his 19-month-old son Zachary. Madonna has previously hit out at Gaga over her track Born This Way, saying it has too many similarities to her own 1989 hit Express Yourself. Elton John said Madonna is “such a nightmare”, adding: “Sorry, her career is over. Her tour has been a disaster and it couldn't happen to a bigger c***."

Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte has been weeing in the Olympic pool, claims US Weekly. TV presenter Ryan Seacrest asked the American swimmer, who is often seen wearing a diamond-encrusted mouth grill, if he had ever urinated in the pool. "Of course," Lochte replied. "I think there's just something about getting into chlorine water that you just automatically go. [I didn't] during the races, but I sure did in warm-up."

While Lochte has been engaged in toilet talk, the nation's sweetheart Jessica Ennis has been chatting about her underwear dramas. After being crowned heptathlon champion at London Games on Saturday, Ennis revealed that even an Olympic superstar can suffer wardrobe malfunctions. She told Now magazine: "I wear running knickers that don't really fit as well as I'd like. They're quite small - so as soon as I cross the finishing line I rip them off!

Bored of baby pictures taking over your Facebook news feed? A new plug-in will allow Facebook users to "banish those annoying infant photos with flick of a wrist", writes the New York Daily Post. scans news feed for keywords such as "so cute", "cutest baby ever" or "newborn" and swaps other people's baby photos with images of your choice - such as puppies, cats, manatees or even Justin Bieber.

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