Oh. My. Joe!

He wowed The X Factor with his cover version of Elton John and George Michael's 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me.' He was accused by Simon Cowell of being 'a bit musical theatre.' He has notably failed since becoming the nations' singing champion to be pictured snogging Jordan, Jodie Marsh or the slutty one from Girls Aloud.

So it might not be a total shock to learn that young Joe McElderry is gay. 'I’ve kissed lots of girls but only one boy,' he told the Daily Mirror. I 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.' (Rumours that his next single is to be entitled 'I Kissed A Boy And I Liked It' are unconfirmed.)

Oddly, though, it was some recent internet hijinx made him decide to take the plunge. A few weeks ago someone hacked his Twitter account and made a fake coming-out announcement. Joe says he hadn't really worked out whathe was until then, but the incident got him thinking. 'Weirdly, the Twitter thing actually helped because when it happened I realised I wasn’t actually that bothered, and it was then the penny dropped.'

We reckon Joe'll do just fine in gay world, especially as Alan Carr has offered to 'send him a starter pack' (oo-er).

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