Gay X Factor winner Joe McElderry says he doesn’t take homophobic abuse on the internet ‘too seriously’.
The singer, who won the UK version of the talent show in 2009, came out as a result of his Twitter account being hacked but told the Sunday Sun that anti-gay taunts on the social network doesn’t bother him.
‘I think Twitter is great because you get a lot of response from it,’ he said.
‘When it comes to the trolls, I try not to take it all too seriously, good or bad.’
McElderry also revealed that his new album, Here’s What I Believe, was inspired by a relationship break-up and took eight months to make.
The 21-year-old said: ‘This album is much more my direction. I’ve done a lot of songwriting on this one.
‘I’ve been recording since January so I am really eager to just get it out there now. The new album reflects my previous relationships, break-ups or friendships. I wanted to make it relatable to the people listening.’
Here’s What I Believe is available to buy from today (10 September).