leona-lewis1Leona Lewis has what?! Yes, you heard me right. Squeaky clean Leona has gone and got her first tattoo. Imagine that! Ms Lewis has been East London’s darling ever since she won the X Factor program all those years ago. Simon Cowell was so impressed with her performance that he is rumoured to have called the boss of J Records and told him: “You might have the next Whitney Houston on your hands.”

The modest Leona is still in a relationship with her boyfriend Lou who she met when she was 10. Lou is an electrician and her one true love. He is also fairly elaborately tattooed, not that that has anything to do with anything…

About the tat, she is being rather coy: “It’s incredibly private and something that we both had done. It’s Hebrew letters and I’m thrilled with it. I can’t reveal what it is. Some things need to remain private for me.”

The main reason I adore Leona is that she turned down a very lucrative deal with Mohamed Al Fayed to open a Harrods sale. Why did she turn it down? I’ll tell you why. She turned down the deal “on the grounds that Harrods is the only UK department store which continues to stock clothing made from animal fur.” Another reason I adore this woman? She has been a vegetarian since she was 12, she won PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian along with Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) in 2008, and again in 2009 with actor Scott Maslen. She also was named PETA’s Person Of The Year for 2008.

“My love for music is my main motivation as an artist,” Leona says quite clearly. “I’ve found that you can help so many people with your songs. I’ve received a lot of letters from people saying that ‘Bleeding Love’ really helped them. I think if you can do that, it makes it all worth it.”

Her latest single “Happy” is released this month. I’ll be having that…