Joe McElderry: I am gay

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 31 July 2010
Joe McElderry

Joe McElderry

'X Factor' winner Joe McElderry, 19, has revealed he realised he is gay three weeks ago

Joe McElderry has revealed he is gay.

The 'Climb' singer - who shot to fame after winning the last series of 'The X Factor' - claims he only realised he is attracted to men three weeks ago, despite months of speculation about his sexuality.

He said: "I'm so happy. It's all so recent to be honest. Over the past couple of weeks I've had time to think and come to realise who I am. I have grown up a lot.

"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."

The 19-year-old star's page on social networking website twitter was hacked recently, with a prankster posting a series of messages supposedly from Joe claiming to be gay.

The Newcastle-born singer admits he was upset at first but thinks the posts helped him to come to terms with his true feelings.

He explained: "I was really angry at first but after a while I looked at the messages and though, 'Well, they're not that far from the truth.'

"I think the twitter thing was the point where I realised I was gay. I just looked at it and thought, 'Should I be more bothered about this?' Because I wasn't, that's when it clicked and I thought maybe I was."

Joe - who claims to have only ever kissed one man, a fellow student, last year - only told his family about his sexuality last week, but says he has their full support and has pledged his confession won't make him act any differently.

He said: "My mum told all our close friends and family. They were all fine with it.

"I haven't changed as a person. This is just how I am feeling and I have chosen to talk about it.

"You're not going to see me strolling out of clubs with different people or anything like that. I won't be out there going mad. I am a really private person and I want to continue like that.

"I am not bothered about not having a partner. I don't feel I need to get in a relationship just for the sake of it."

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