Nineteen-year-old Joe McElderry, winner of the U.K.’s 2009 “X Factor” contest, has come out of the closet after months of speculation. This follows three weeks after a hacker got into McElderry’s Twitter account and wrote, “i want you all to know before it comes out, i am gay. [sic]”

Now that he’s come out in an interview with Mirror, the budding pop star has insisted he wasn’t lying when he claimed to be straight — he actually thought he was. “It never really entered my head I was gay. But now, in the past couple of months, at this point in time, this is who I am,” said McElderry.

Since he’s only just recently realized he’s gay, it’s understandable that he doesn’t have much experience with other guys yet, saying, “I’ve kissed lots of girls in the past but only one boy.” That “one boy” has also shared some of the details in The Sun of how it all happened between them.

Tyler DeVere

Tyler DeVere is a former editorial intern for QNotes.