Joe McElderry, who won the sixth season
of the UK's singing talent contest The X Factor, says nobody
has a responsibility to come out.
Since the show's finale, he's climbed
to the top of the UK and Irish charts. His debut studio album, Wide
Awake, was produced with the help of former American Idol
judge and The X Factor creator Simon Cowell.
Last year, the fresh-faced McElderry
came out gay after first denying rumors about his sexual orientation.
He was 19.
In a cover story for UK gay glossy Gay
Times – one of four covers to celebrate the magazine's
400th issue – McElderry says coming out is a deeply
“I don't think anybody has a
responsibility to come out, whether you're famous or not,” he said.
“It should be down to whether you feel comfortable. At the end of
the day, it is people's private lives. People don't walk down the
street and go, 'I'm straight.'”
McElderry added that reaction to his
coming out has been overwhelmingly positive.