X Factor winner Joe McElderry (inset) revealed today he is gay and insisted: "I am feeling good about it".
The singer's disclosure to two tabloid newspapers came after hackers broke into his account on the social networking site Twitter and 'outed' him.
McElderry (19) said once he got over his anger at the prank it made him realise the truth about his sexuality.
He said: "I was really angry at first -- thinking, 'How dare they hack me'?
"But after a while I looked at the message and thought, 'Well, they're not that far from the truth'."
On telling his mum, he said: "She was fine, great even. She'd actually asked me in the past, not because she thought I was gay but because she's a supportive mum.
"She'd say, 'I don't care if you have a girlfriend or boyfriend'."
McElderry, whose single The Climb hit No1 in December 2009, revealed that X Factor mogul Simon Cowell phoned to offer his full support when he heard the news.