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X-Factor Winner Joe McElderry: I'm Gay

Joe McElderry, who won Britain's X-Factor last year, has come out of the closet.

McelderryThe UK Mirror reports:

"The 19-year-old X Factor winner made the brave decision to come out in an emotional interview with the Mirror, just a week after telling his mum. Joe has always denied rumours he was gay, but insisted the reason was he didn’t know himself until recently. He added: '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.' ... But the 19-year-old has now bravely decided to tell the world he is gay – and the denials were down to the fact he never knew himself, until three weeks ago. And he said he is comfortable with his decision to come out publicly, declaring: 'I’m happy. I now know who I am.'"

McElderry says he is not in a relationship:

"I’m single, I’ve not had a relationship with a boy, but I just know. It’s how I feel. The Twitter thing actually helped because I realised I wasn’t that bothered, and the penny dropped...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."  

Watch McElderry duet with George Michael on last year's final, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Seeing this again reminds me that George has turned into the guy who runs my favorite diner in Greektown here in Chicago.

    Posted by: notshychirev | Jul 30, 2010 8:10:23 PM


  2. It wasn't just the sun going down on him.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 30, 2010 8:30:02 PM


  3. That was super brave of him. I mean, 3 weeks after figuring it out himself, 1 week after telling his mom, that's unheard of! Big props to him!

    Hmm, I'm only a year and a half older than him, and he's super cute :)

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jul 30, 2010 8:32:55 PM


  4. It's great to see more and more artists coming out at the beginning of their careers instead of at the end or after they're all washed up.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 30, 2010 8:38:51 PM


  5. Joe is a great talent and he comes from a great family. I wish him well in his professional pursuits and his personal life.

    Posted by: Adam | Jul 30, 2010 8:54:36 PM


  6. Hopefully David Archuleta will be inspired by this.

    To be fair, Joe didn't grow up in an anti-gay mormon environment, but then, David seems to be way more enlightened than most other people from religious backgrounds.

    Posted by: sparks | Jul 30, 2010 8:58:31 PM


  7. Welcome to our family and always be honest and happy.

    Posted by: DavidW | Jul 30, 2010 9:20:40 PM


  8. Wow! Fantastic! My gaydar ran full-scale on this guy. I admit I watched all his performances on X Factor. Very talented guy!

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 30, 2010 9:23:34 PM


  9. Good for him. I'm happy for him.

    Posted by: Steve in DE | Jul 30, 2010 9:38:38 PM


  10. Hah! I knew it.

    Posted by: DD | Jul 30, 2010 10:21:52 PM


  11. I'm glad for him and happy that he's being honest with himself and the world, so I don't mean to sound negative. But I always find it impossible to believe that someone only "discovers" they're gay when they're 19 (or 30, 40, or 50). Unless you've batted down your repression so deeply throughout puberty and beyond, it's simply unimaginable to me. And in those cases religion is almost always to blame, followed by (or combined with) a hateful family and fair weather friends.

    But I always get shit from friends for insisting that people come out early (non-celebs, obviously), so I guess I'm just a demanding jerk. Again, kudos to him for coming out at an early stage in his career. I'm sure George Michael has been calling him nonstop with offers of more intimate "duets."

    Posted by: Paul R | Jul 30, 2010 10:53:13 PM


  12. That's refreshing honesty and integrity. Adam Lambert really did a lot for aspiring singers/performers. But I really hope he did it for himself and only himself, because you don't owe it to the community to come out as a celebrity given the sacrifice you will have to make (a lot moreso in acting than music). Yeah, Rupert Everett's said some nasty things and is bitter, but arguably his bitterness is justified by the fact that his career was negatively impacted by his coming out.

    Posted by: TANK | Jul 30, 2010 11:08:02 PM


  13. Honesty is still the best policy.

    Posted by: Christopher Jennings | Jul 30, 2010 11:16:45 PM


  14. "...but insisted the reason was he didn’t know himself until recently." READ: "It seems to work ok for Adam Lambert, so why not me too?"

    @ Sparks: I'd bet my gayety that David Archuleta is straight. He's just retarded-level shy, nothing more.

    Posted by: Drew | Jul 30, 2010 11:34:31 PM


  15. that's so sweet...
    the times they are a changin'

    Posted by: hank | Jul 30, 2010 11:43:32 PM


  16. Proud of him for doing this at such a young age (and as a winner of a competition, not as an also-ran doing it for attention or sales purposes).

    But didn't we all know he was even before he did?

    Posted by: Castor Reigns | Jul 31, 2010 12:25:45 AM


  17. oh gawd, i knew he was gay from the get go. his beautiful face and voice and his demeanor. all sorts of good on you, boy. welcome to the warm and cleansing sunshine.

    Posted by: nic | Jul 31, 2010 2:12:23 AM


  18. I'm happy to read so many supportive comments. I think most of us can speak from experience in saying that the coming out process is probably one of the most confusing and complicated processes a person can go through. Maybe it's not possible to "not know" truly, but considering it took me until I was nearly 22 to state what may have been obvious for years, I totally get the feeling of not saying it until you're sure you're ready. Congrats to him and kudos on doing it so early in his career. We need more of these.

    Posted by: Marc | Jul 31, 2010 4:12:35 AM


  19. Geez George's love child or what.That still shot certainly looks like what could have been.As for Mr Everett's he's had a pretty good career i would have thought.Another Country came out in 82/83 & he is still a sort after actor,so to say his coming out harmed his career is rather odd.

    Posted by: john | Jul 31, 2010 5:42:10 AM


  20. Joe is very Talented and of course way Cute !!
    Ironically he sang with a Gay Icon, George Michael and his audition song was "Dance with My Father" by Gay Icon, Luther Vandross.
    David Archuletta can"t come out as GAY even though he is,because he is a Mormon and his family and church would disown him so he must remain in the closet like some many Mormon missionaries do.

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 31, 2010 6:30:56 AM


  21. Great for him, although this ranks as 'The sky is blue' and 'water is wet' as shocking news of the day.

    As someone who knew they were gay at the age of 11 i dont get how it can be discovered suddenly in the late teens. Whos he been fapping over for the best part of the last decade? Discovering you are bi is one thing, but wholeheartedly gay? Seems odd. He is either extremely sexually repressed (never masturbated) or utterly deluded (jerking to gay porn doesnt make you gay).

    Posted by: Rovex | Jul 31, 2010 7:38:46 AM


  22. "I'd bet my gayety that David Archuleta is straight. He's just retarded-level shy, nothing more."

    @DREW: David Archuleta may come off as a bit shy, but really that's just the "aw shucks" demeanor. He's a sweet, humble guy. But shy? I've NEVER known another celebrity to stay directly in touch with fans and the public as David has with blogs, vlogs, on twitter, and public appearances. And lets not forget, he's been performing since he was a kid. He seems very comfortable in the spotlight.

    Posted by: sparks | Jul 31, 2010 7:49:01 AM


  23. @sparks

    I guess you are right, Joe didn't grow up in a Mormon environment - I don't remember there ever being a Mormon presence in South Shields (Joe's hometown - and also my own, hence the insider knowledge) BUT... I can assure you that South Shields is a town which isn't exactly full of pro-gay support either. It's a small seaside town with a small-town mentality.

    For me, I think the nicest angle of the whole Joe coming out thing is that there is a slim chance that it may encourage some more residents of the town to be a bit more accepting of us all.

    Posted by: Craigo | Jul 31, 2010 8:48:37 AM


  24. "I wasn’t attracted to anyone anyway, male or female. It never really entered my head I was gay."
    I felt the same exact way until I was twenty-two. There were some signs...I wrote my senior paper on Kinsey and it was pretty obvious to some of my observant friends...but I was so deep in the closet, I considered myself asexual.
    Then, I kissed a boy and the stubble changed everything.
    Self-awareness comes at its own time. Do not begrudge us who come out late. Celebrate that we do.

    Posted by: Fulton | Jul 31, 2010 8:57:50 AM


  25. And no one saw that coming ... he wasn't the best singer last year anyway. But no harm to the lad!

    Posted by: Stephen | Jul 31, 2010 9:04:56 AM


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