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The X-Factor winner has come out as his sexuality after only recently realising who he was and can now continue on with his career feeling “liberated”.
In a statement on his official site www.joe-music.com, the young star said: ”Tomorrow there will be some articles about me in the newspapers because I have been doing some important interviews today. I wanted you to know that the articles are true.
I also wanted you to know that I really respect your loyal support and all the kind messages I have had from you up to this date.”
His revelation came after his Twitter account was recently hacked into where they wrote: "It's been difficult living a lie for so many years."
The 19-year-old from South Shields later deleted the comment and wrote: "Guys my twitter has been hacked!"
In an interview with The Mirror he said how he’s feeling and how his family have taken to the news: "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 realise 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"
Since his debut on the ITV Talent show, the Cheryl Cole protégé has long been rife with rumours surrounding his sexuality but insists he has long been honest and only recently has had time to reflect on who he really is.
His statement continues: I have always been a very honest person and so it is important for me to continue to be honest. It has been the most amazing year so far and I feel so privileged. It’s also been a time of real self realisation and I feel as if I have grown up so much in these few months.
There has been speculation about my sexuality in the past and I have always been honest at the time I have been asked. Over the past few weeks I have really had time to reflect and to realise who I am. I spoke to my friends and family about this in the last few days and it was important to do the same for you all as you have been so supportive.
He insists that he wants to be open to his fans and continues to thank them for their support in his statement:
“I have had nothing but support from you and many of you have been very open in saying that you will continue to support me whatever my sexuality. It is important to me to let you know first, so that you know the stories in the papers are true. I made the choice to speak openly about this.
“Again, I can’t thank you enough for all your support. Everything is going well and I’m really happy to be able to move forward from here”
In another interview Joe revealed that he had kissed a gay friend of his before taking part in the X-Factor but had never really read more into it.
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