Joe McElderry has been singing the praises of his former mentor Cheryl Cole.
The X Factor winner enjoyed his first night out on the town since coming out as gay last night and in a chat with The Sun, revealed that though he didn’t approach Cheryl before announcing his news, the star is always supportive of him and his career.
He said: “I didn’t go to Cheryl before I came out as she’s got enough on her plate at the moment, otherwise I would have done. She’s always there for me, always on the end of the phone.
“She’s constantly giving me advice on how to handle fame and the pressures.
Gay Pop Idol winner Will Young gave Joe a shoutout at a recent concert, praising the lads bravery in how he has dealt with is news.
“Knowing Will did that too means so much,” Joe added.
He went on: “I’m very happy. I can’t wait to release my album and I’m excited about the future.”