Following intense speculation, X Factor winner Joe Mcelderry has come out as being gay.

The singer decided to come clean with the public after his Twitter was targeted by hackers, who published a post saying “”It’s been difficult living a lie for so many years…”

It was promptly deleted but Joe describes this as a turning point for him saying that the decision to come out has been “liberating” and that he now can be “happy”.

The teenager claims he has the full support of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole who advised him on how to break the news to his mum.

Gay or straight, it doesn’t matter to us; you’re still our little Geordie Joe.