Joseph “Joe” McElderry says his
coming out gay in July wasn't 'traumatic' and the decision was his
McElderry won the sixth season of the
UK's singing talent contest The X Factor last year.
Since then, he's climbed to the top of
the UK and Irish charts with his number one single The Climb.
His debut studio album Wide Awake, produced with the help of
former American Idol judge and The X Factor creator
Simon Cowell, is out now.
In July, the 19-year-old fresh-faced
McElderry came out gay, telling UK tabloid The Sun that he's
“proud” to be gay. He had previously denied such rumors. But he
described an incident in which someone hacked his Twitter and
published a post saying he had been “living a lie” as a turning
point. “I think the Twitter thing was the point when I realized I
was gay,” he said at the time.
a new interview with UK daily Metro,
McElderry insists the decision to come out of the closet was all his
When asked, “Was announcing you're
gay a traumatic experience?” McElderry answered: “Not really. I
was nervous about it but I'm glad I've done it and I can now move
forward and get on with the rest of my life. I wasn't pressured into
doing it. It was all my own decision.”