Her killer curves, amazing voice and kick-ass attitude make her one of the sassiest female stars on the planet. But life hasn't always been easy. Talking for the first time of how she was beaten by an ex-boyfriend as a teenager, the singer reveals that she only found the strength to leave him after a year of abuse, when he raised his hand to hit her one last time.
That's the whole point of domestic violence, you don't speak about what you're going through - you don't have the confidence to. How do you know? I don't know what got me through it.
I think, in the end, it was prayer, God and reading a self-help book called The Secret that eventually gave me the courage to leave. I was out of the door in my pyjamas and left - gone. The Secret helped me put a positive spin on my life. If you think positively, then positive things will follow.
But, finally, she hopes she has found a guy she can go the distance with - American singer and Jamie Foxx protege Marcus Anthony - who she proudly showed off at an awards party earlier this month. When have you ever seen me officially take someone out? I was really nervous. I have a lot of mad, trust issues because of what I've been through.
Whatever I've been through, I went through for a reason - and it's made me stronger and who I am today. I'm one of the luckiest girls on the planet right now. If they want to keep changing the panel every single year then they've got my number - I wouldn't say no. But I'm still very confused about who's going to win this year. But I do think Simon is missed. When I watch the show I keep thinking, 'Where's Simon? Tulisa and Kelly are lovely girls. I'm friends with them both and they seem to get on just fine to me.
I was like, 'You know who I am. I would love to do a duet with her. She visited the project this month. There, Alex met girls as young as 14 who been married off for a price, but lost their babies because their husbands hit them. Some are married off at nine. To see what these girls are going through and having to fend for themselves at such a young age is upsetting. A woman called Atuki Turner set up the Mifumi centre.
Around the local primary school there were signs saying 'Sex shouldn't be forced and neither should marriage'. They teach girls to know their rights and boys to respect girls and women. But there will be a happy ending for a lot of women if they get the right help.