N-Dubz star Fazer has been declared bankrupt, court records have confirmed.
The rapper, 26, who dated troubled former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos, applied for bankruptcy on 4 December under his real name, Richard Rawson.
Rawson shot to chart success with his bandmates Tulisa and Dappy (real name Constadinos Contostavlos, Tulisa’s cousin) as part of the commercial grime trio.
But the band parted ways in 2011 after releasing a greatest hits album, and have not worked together since.
His own solo album is yet to receive a release date.
Fazer came under fire earlier this week when he posted an image of a jewel-encrusted gun on his Instagram account alongside the message “U ain’t worth my bullets!”
Grime star Lethal Bizzle responded angrily on the image sharing site, branding the rapper a “wally” and criticising his responsibility as an artist to his younger followers.
“Why would a artist post this? What type of example are u setting. What a k*** head. Ima take it down soon,” he responded.
Rawson welcomed his first child, Ava Rose, with girlfriend Ashley Emma in February.
In other news, Tulisa Contostavlos has been charged with being involved in the supply of Class A drugs, it has been confirmed.
The singer, 25, was remanded in custody on 4 June, along with musican Mike GLC, 35, after they went to a police station in central London by appointment.
Tulisa’s lawyer, Ben Rose of Hickman and Rose, has since released the following statement regarding his client:
“Tulisa has been charged with a serious criminal offence to which she will plead not guilty.
“As has been widely reported, this entire case has been manufactured by the Sunday Sunand Mazher Mahmood, sometimes known as the fake sheikh. They spend a large amount of their readers’ money in flying Tulisa and a number of her friends first class to Las Vegas. There Mahmood posed as a film producer offering her a £3million film contract.
“This case is not simply about drug supply. It is about the limits which we set on the conduct of journalists. The media have rightly been criticised in recent years for the gross invasion into the private life of others. Tulisa is the latest in a long line of people who have been treated as fodder by greedy newspapers. This was a deliberate attempt to target a young woman who is all the more vulnerable because of her celebrity status.
“The law clearly forbids such conduct on the part of the police. It is ironic that the police should rely on it when it is the work of a journalist.
“In due course Tulisa will give a full answer to these allegations in court.”
She is set to appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 19 December 2013.
Meanwhile, a petition calling for the horse that kicked bandmember Dappy in the face to be honoured at the upcoming BRIT awards has appeared online.
The rallying cry on Change.org proposes that the animal be awarded an Outstanding Contribution To Music Award because it had "performed a public service and should be recognised".