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    Posted: 31 July 2010 at 21:32
Joe McElderry admits that he is gay

By GORDON SMART

Published: Today

JOE McELDERRY told last night how gossip on the social networking website Twitter persuaded him to come out as gay.

The X Factor champ, who hit No1 with his single The Climb, was targeted by hackers who broke into his account and "outed" him for a joke.

A post read: "It's been difficult living a lie for so many years."

But as the shock subsided, proud Joe admitted the message made him realise his true feelings.

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Exclusive chat ... Joe McElderry with Gordon Smart

He told The Sun: "I was really angry at first - thinking, 'How dare they hack me'?

"But after a while I looked at the message and thought, 'Well, they're not that far from the truth'.

"I think the Twitter thing was the point when 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. It was a turning point, definitely."

Geordie Joe, 19, added in the garden of his West London flat: "I was doing an interview recently and I was asked the same questions I always get asked, 'Are you single? Have you got a girlfriend'?

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"Before I've always said no. I was not attracted to anyone at the time so thought it was a fair answer.

"Then I thought, 'Actually, my feelings have changed - this is how I feel now'. The penny has dropped."

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'At least I know who, where and what I am' ... Joe McElderry

Joe, who won X Factor last year under the guidance of CHERYL COLE, told his 48-year-old mum Eileen the news on a train journey from Newcastle to London last week.

He was returning from a break in his native North East. The singer said: "I told my mum first on the train. I'd been really quiet and she asked what was wrong.

"I just said to her, 'Listen, I've got something to tell you. You know the Twitter thing? I had nothing to do with it, Mum, but it was true'.

"She said, 'What, that you are gay'? And I said, 'Yeah.'

"It's a bit uncomfortable. Not because I am ashamed of it. I just find it weird discussing anything like that with family. She was reading The Sun when we pulled up to the station and I thought it was the time to tell her."

X Factor supremo SIMON COWELL, 50, was one of the first to ring and offer his full support after Joe broke the news to record bosses at SyCo earlier this week.

Joe said: "I spoke to Simon direct. He rang a couple of nights ago and I missed his call but I spoke to him about half an hour ago.

"He said, 'Hi, it's Simon. You know, I 100 per cent agree with what you are doing. It's fantastic. I am here at the end of the phone if you need any support and we are thrilled for what you're doing'.

"It's great. It would have been a bit of a nightmare had they said they didn't want this to happen, but they've been totally fine."

Joe insisted the issue of his sexuality only recently entered his thoughts.

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Winner ... Joe McElderry is crowned X Factor king

He said: "It's only been on my mind for the last couple of weeks. That's it - God's honest truth.

"I'm only 19 and I think the X Factor has played a big part in the timing. I was 18 when it started and, since it finished, I have had seven months growing up.

"I have really matured as a person. I've moved away from Newcastle and I think it's as simple as finally realising who I am as a person - in a matter of weeks.

"My feet have eventually touched the ground. I've grown up.

"I have just matured and thought at last, 'I know who, where and what I am'.

"I think even more so that I've had time to think recently.

"I've been so busy doing loads of different things since the show, and now I have had a bit of time to chill out and go through it all in my head. I just want to be happy. I think I can be happy now that I have realised who I am - and I am feeling good about it.

"I haven't changed. I never really thought about it before then - it never really played on my mind. I was asked about it at Christmas and I gave an honest answer. I wasn't attracted to boys or girls.

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Pals ... Joe with X Factor beauty Cheryl Cole

"It was always the case at school, really. I'd had girlfriends. I kissed loads of girls and I kissed one boy last year. I just thought, 'Is this just not what everybody does - experimenting, at this age'? I never thought anything of it.

"It's not fair on the boy I kissed last year if I talk about him. It was just before X Factor and it was nothing serious. It was a peck of a kiss while I was at college. I just thought, 'What happened there? That was pretty nice'.

"It didn't trigger anything in me at all. I didn't feel anything. I just thought, 'That was strange'.

"When I was doing X Factor I genuinely thought I wasn't gay, and then I kind of just got to the point where, actually, maybe I am.

"It is a liberating feeling.

"Now I can get on with the rest of my life and move on and be comfortable.

"There's always been speculation about me so I'm kind of used to it.

"I thought I wasn't gay, so I thought it was just part of the job with all the speculation.

"So I just let it go over my head and got on with it.

"It eventually sunk into my mind. Genuinely, I just assumed I wasn't gay. I was so young I never thought any more about it."

Joe, who said he was seeing a girl for three years while at school, also broke the news to dad Jim, who is separated from Eileen.

He said: "I've got a feeling inside that has suddenly made sense, that has been the turning point.

"I told my dad after that. He was like, 'OK, fine. I kind of knew anyway'. He was fine.

"My nan was too. My mum told all our close friends and family. They were all fine with it.

"I haven't changed as a person. I am exactly the same person as I was yesterday, the day before that, last week. This is just how I am feeling at the minute and I have chosen to talk about it.

"This isn't me now out on the pull. You're not going to see me strolling out of clubs with different people or anything like that.

"I am a really private person and I want to continue like that. I won't be out there going mad.

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

Joe is making his debut album. He has recorded more than 20 tracks and is working with Cowell to choose the songs he hopes will establish him as a leading artist.

He also has a series of meetings lined up in Los Angeles with Disney, plus other offers on the table to record songs for movie soundtracks.


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/bizarre/3076084/Joe-McElderry-admits-that-he-is-gay.html#ixzz0vIIRGFml


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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 July 2010 at 22:39
To me, reading this, it still seems like he's  still not 100 per cent  sure??
Just my opinion anyway.  
He's still pretty young , and does he need to make a statement either way??
Probably a typically mixed-up teenager, who shouldn't feel obliged to let the public know what his sexual feelings if any are, sadly he'll probably be known  as Gay Joe McEdlerry now- who won X-Factor.
It's sad too  that it seems his sexuality is of more interest to people, than his singing.
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  Quote terrip Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Aug 2010 at 08:10
Oh I don't know - Will Young came out a couple of days after winning Pop Idol and I don't think of him as Gay Will Young who won PI.  But I agree that, if what he is saying is true, he isn't completely sure yet.  
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Aug 2010 at 12:17
I agree I don't think it's affected Will Young's career,
but he, imo is a totally different kettle of fish so to speak
He is/was a privately educated boy,also University educated,  from a well off family,very confident, had prior/previous relationships, and was always very open about his sexual orientation.
More important i think he was 23? , much older than Joe when he won  ,which is a big difference at such a young age, and also with relationships behind him.
I only hope it doesn't harm Joe's career, and hope he has a good publicist???
It's much harder for a young pop artist, or a young athlete to 'come out'
 
Even now, it's recommended by gay sports people, and athlete's not too, by their colleagues, and especially their agents/ publicists.   It can be the kiss of death,  Sad but true.
and if you're not 100% sure, or confident about it...........
 
I can only wish him good luck, and hope it works out for him.
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  Quote Ollie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Aug 2010 at 22:02
i think hes using the "not sure" as an excuse for not coming out earlier.
 
anyway i wish him well, i think he'll gain more fans, chicks dig gay dudes lol
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  Quote Jonnyboy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Aug 2010 at 13:47
Same thing that happened to Will has happened again.

Will was made to out himself and give the screws the exclusive, in exchange for not running an outing piece on him as they had a past BF lined up to sell his story.

Same here, Joe comes out and then the next day they have a front page story with the boy he kissed the year before. Obviously this lad had gone to the papas with his story and they used that to get Joe to come out in an exclusive feature for them. It's despicable (yet the most unsurprising news in the world)
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Aug 2010 at 15:29
YOu would think this would not be making news headlines anymore, so what if someone is gay?? is it an issue anymore, especially in the western world??? Just another kiss and tell story.
 
An ideal retort to these newspapers would be 'So what'  , "i'm open to anything/any person as a partner, I may be bisexual, gay or straight, still working it out", also I can imagine attractiveness to a partner whatever sex is an individual thing, irrespective of the sex of a person??? (i'm not sure of this 100% yet as so far being a straight woman, have not yet come across a woman who does it for me yet!Wink,)
 
I can't understand why it makes sensational head lines anymore here.
 
Back to Joe Mcelderry, it's gone quiet on his music scene, has he made any records since winning the programme, I'd totally forgotten all about him actually, before reading this news here.  He seemed just too 'nice' a person to me to make it in this industry, IMO you have to be very selfish, and a bit 'me' me' 'me' to be succesful.  He came across as a genuinely nice person, does that work in show business??
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  Quote terrip Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 Aug 2010 at 15:41
To try and prolong their career, the winners no longer get to bash out a CD in record time.  Joe will no doubt release his CD in time for the first x-factor live show where he'll sing the first single exclusively.  This publicity about his sexuality is the start of the build up in the PR campaign - or am I just too jaded?
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  Quote James Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Aug 2010 at 23:12
I haven't been this shocked since H from Steps came out. terrip you're probably right - his single must be due out soon and if there was some sort of story about to be run, they'd have no problem using this to his advantage. It's a bit of a non-story anyway, who really cares these days? The US is a different matter mind you, but he's got little to no chance of having a hit there.
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Aug 2010 at 17:26
Originally posted by James

I haven't been this shocked since H from Steps came out. terrip you're probably right - his single must be due out soon and if there was some sort of story about to be run, they'd have no problem using this to his advantage. It's a bit of a non-story anyway, who really cares these days? The US is a different matter mind you, but he's got little to no chance of having a hit there.
 
Haven't been here for 5 years, and realised , here in Redneck land, it is homophobic!!
Been talking to my friends here, they don't want gays on their television, hosting, singing, or whatever!! didn't realise how narrowminded they can be here (in North America).
They just don't want them in the public eye, so I am a  bit surprised really.  It's nver been an issue for me, so just presumed it wasn't for anyone else, so have never raised the topic before.
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  Quote tinatemplesmith Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Sep 2010 at 16:12
I agree with you Deborah, it's not an issue at all, but people can be so closed sometimes, have a look at this article for more information of this recent announcement here
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  Quote deborah31 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Sep 2010 at 23:31
He just looks so young still!! (Joe Mc.)
Hope he has a good team working with him, and taking care of him. He still seems such a nice boy to me, and not 'wordly wise ' at all.
Is Simon/ or Cheryl still involved with him in anyway?
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