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X Factor Winner Comes Out!

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X Factor winner Joe McElderry is gay!

Despite denying rumors in the past, the 19-year-old singer made the decision to come out, saying, "I'm really happy, I now know who I am."

Joe had previously insisted he was straight when asked by the media, but up until he three weeks ago, he didn't really the know the answer himself!

“Every time I was asked, I gave honest answers. I wasn’t attracted to anyone anyway, male or female. It never really entered my head I was gay. I’ve had time to think about things. I wasn’t attracted to anyone anyway, male or female. It never really entered my head I was gay. But I just know. It’s how I feel. I’m so happy. It’s all been so recent to be honest. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve had time to think and come to realize who I am. I have grown up a lot. I know it sounds crazy but before then, I was so busy. It hadn’t even crossed my mind.

I only told my mum last week, on a train. She was fine, great even. She’d actually asked us in the past, not because she thought I was gay but because she’s a supportive mum. She’d say, ‘I don’t care if you have a girlfriend or boyfriend’. My family have been so supportive.”

Joe also reveals that he's only kissed one boy, saying that he thought, " 'Oh, that’s weird, maybe that’s what happens.' I didn’t know what it meant. It was nothing serious, just a one-off thing. I’m single, I’ve not had a ­relationship with a boy, but I just know. It’s how I feel."

He even says that X Factor judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Tweedy were completely supportive of his decision. And as for his fans, he says, “I’m not worried about how fans will react. They have always said they’ll back me no matter what. Everyone’s been really kind so I would like to thank them and your readers for all the support."

And we support you too, Joe! Congrats!

Welcome to the gayborhood!

[Image via WENN.]

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62 comments to “X Factor Winner Comes Out!”

  1. 1

    No one thought he was straight anyway! There just saying the obvious and making a big deal because his crappy album is about to come out soon!!

  2. 2

    Yumm! He's hot too!

  3. 3

    He's like… Pretty cute

  4. 4

    we already knew this shame he denied the rumours though

  5. 5

    obvious- trying to pull a will young? Its not brave to come out after everyone has accepted homosexuality, and knows you are anyway.

  6. HD says – reply to this


    He's a true sweetheart. I met him earlier this year when he visited a sick children's hospital and he couldn't have been nicer to the kids. He lit up the room and put smiles on the kids faces for the rest of the day. Gay straight or whatever it doesn't matter because he's amazing no matter what.

  7. 7

    Good for him… not because he is gay.. but for being comfortable with himself at such a young age.. many people might have felt the need to keep it a secret.. talent is talent no matter what your orientation..

  8. 8

    Good on him - It seemed obvious to us (because he kinda conformed to the basic stereotype) but it wasn't necessarily obvious to him. He's adorable too. It's a shame he hasn't managed to power into the music industry yet. I do wonder how his album does. If it doesn't do well, I'm pretty sure he'd do well in musicals in the west end. He's a talented singer whatever happens.

  9. 9

    He's too cute to be straight!

  10. 10

    Why do gays think their sexuality is of the remotest interest? Yawn.

  11. Dusss says – reply to this


    He's such a nice positive guy :)

  12. 12

    Oh good, another deviant.

  13. 13

    What a shocker. This guy is the definition of the word GAYFACE.

  14. 14

    Re: zmaxinez – considering everyone else had something posative to say.. I would just skip past articles you don't care about if you're so bored… or switch sites.. idiot

  15. 15

    I knew this before it came out!

    My friends mam knows his mam,
    so thats how i knew, even before he was on X Factor.
    He's really nice too!

  16. Merab says – reply to this


    He is a nice guy …
    but c´mon…like we didn´t know….haha
    It was always so obvious …from the first minutes as we saw him on TV.

  17. 17


  18. 18

    well done joe, when you find your special guy come elope to gretna green!! xoxo

  19. 19

    It's pretty obvious - he has a GAYFACE!

  20. 20

    Re: Meeeesh-UK
    Thats clearly a lie.. he's after saying he only realised that he's gay a few weeks ago and only started telling people last week… You wanker.

  21. 21

    Re: zmaxinez
    Verrrrry true

  22. 22

    Go Joe!

  23. 23

    Better to throw your skelletons out of that closset while you're ahead! Good one!

  24. 24

    I love him.

  25. 25

    Again DUH!!

  26. 26

    Re: Meeeesh-UK

    i love how you got OWNED by gaygretnagreenweddings
    maybe youll think beforeyou spread all these false lies!!!

  27. 27

    Congratulations Joe!! Of course your fans will continue to support you….

  28. 28

    Who the fuck cares? Why do gays have to make a big anouncment saying they are gay? Do you see any straight people going to magazines to anounce the fact that they realize they are straight? No, cause we know it's not an issue, and nobody's damn business.

    All these gays coming out is just for publicity. Get over yourself gay people…nobody gives a shit.

  29. 29

    no shit, i figured it out about 5 seconds into his audition lol

  30. 30


  31. 31

    ohh please like we didn't know from the get go…
    but its no biggie more power to him

  32. 32

    good for him

  33. 33

    he looks like a cross between simon cowell and cheryl tweedy

  34. 34

    who? And do we have to start hearing about this nobody just because he's gay now? FFS!

  35. 35

    Oh God, you're going to be obsessed with him now, aren't you?

  36. 36

    Re: Mancunian – LOL! It wasn't that fast for me, but I so knew he was gay.

  37. 37


  38. 38

    I don't think it works that way that you don't know it until you're 19.. But the dude is young so it could be true.. It's his business though.. Unless he is not acting stupid and cliche like Perez it's all fine

  39. 39

    I cannot see how this can be considered as 'news'. It's almost on a par with Ricky Martin's coming out

  40. 40

    Joe McElderry is gay and the UK is an island…. we all knew from his first audition Perez

  41. 41

    This is weird but as I was going down the page really quickly, I thought it was Taylor Lautner. haha

  42. 42

    I'm super happy!!! I always thought he was gay and that it was just a matter of time before he figured it out. Good for him to come out publicly! Woohoo!

  43. 43

    Re: Soda-Pop-Lover – Haha, we can only dream!

  44. 44

    So like, when is it going to stop being news when someone comes out? When is it going to have the same impact as when, oh I don't know, someone says they're straight? He's gay. So what? Next!

  45. 45

    congrats joe!

  46. 46

    dont have a clue who this person is, but i have a hard time believing that he was never attracted to anyone prior to a few weeks ago. most if not all gay men know they are gay or at least different since they are little boys. it doesnt just happen over a couple of weeks.

  47. JCPR says – reply to this


    "She’d actually asked us in the past, not because she thought I was gay but because she’s a supportive mum". Lmao you idiot! Of course she had a doubt if she asked you that question!

  48. 48

    Chi Chi Larue has dibs…."Twink C*ck S*ckers" will be coming out in time for X-Mas by Channel One Releasing.

  49. 49

    I'M SHOCKED! ……not. Good for him but he didn't need to prove anything.

  50. 50

    OH come off it, like as if he didn't know he was gay, what's he been beating off to for the past few years? Why not just say "I covered it up because I didn't want to ruin my chances of being famous" that's pretty much the only reason he would be in the closet.

  51. 51

    another money machine of simon cow'ell. I wonder when will Symon Cowell coming out ?

  52. 52

    Bless him. Good on ya Joe. It's just a shame we still live in a world where people feel they have to admit thir sexuality to live the way they should. Imagine having to come out for being straight! It's wrong and no ones business. Every pebble on a beach is unique but they all have their place and no one has any right to judge.

  53. 53

    In next weeks news: Alexandra Burke is BLACK!!

  54. 54

    People who run around telling everyone about their sexual preference are extremely immature. Nobody cares. He should care more about "the content of his character" than who he wants to sleep with. And so should you.

  55. 55

    I thought you were "born" gay??????

  56. 56


  57. 57

    well, duh. good work captain obvious.

  58. 58

    wonder what he is trying to sell?

    he is a young lad coming out so erm, good on him, but I'm still sceptical - not that he is not - but that this has been carefully planned and staged.

  59. 59

    Why are you people congratulating him on wanting to be fucked by men. Nobody congratulated me when I lost my virginity.

  60. 60

    He didn't come out of the closet, he ran out screaming!

  61. 61

    THE ODDS ARE… THIS is a product of child abuse.

  62. ONIT says – reply to this


    Well, him tweeting he was gay a couple of month ago was him after all and not a hacker. Doen't matter. Even if he discovers it not the case. To be honest, he never made the impression of knowing much about sex. He's young, he may try things out. Whatever he'll stick with. Europe will support him. No US career anymore.