CAMP JOEL COMES OUT AS STRAIGHT!
X FACTOR star Joel Fishel has come out – as straight. The camp singer is one part of popular duo Jack and Joel.
But despite partner Jack Remington being gay, Joel, inset, has revealed he’s not
– much to the surprise of everyone, including his mum!
Joel, 22, said: “Everyone just presumes I’m gay and that me and Jack are a couple. But I’m straight.
“Even my mum sort of asked me one time. She kind of said to me that ‘if you were gay, you know it would be OK don’t you’. “I’ve always been a little bit camp and effeminate. I used to dress up in swimming costumes when I was younger. “But I’ve never done anything with another guy. That’s just who I am, but I’m comfortable with my sexuality. “It’s ironic because it’s almost like I have to come out as straight.”
Millions of X Factor viewers and even fellow housemates wrongly assumed Joel was gay. Despite being straight he often shares a bed with Jack.
He said: “We are best mates and incredibly close. We often stay in hotels together and share a bed to save money.
“I find it strange that other people find it strange that a straight guy and a gay guy can be so close.
“All my friends are like that, so I find it odd that most people don’t think that way too. “I’m the same with all my friends whether gay guys, straight guys, girl mates.”
Oxford graduates Jack and Joel were originally kicked off at Simon Cowell’s Judges Houses. But they made it on to the live shows after being voted the Groups wildcard entry by viewers.
Despite mainly positive feedback from viewers, the London-based duo have both suffered vile abuse from homophobic trolls. Chatting just before singing Wham!’s The Edge Of Heaven last night, Jack said: “We’ve had quite a bit of homophobic abuse. The usual stuff calling us gay and fags.
“I love negative messages. I reply and try to make them sound stupid. They aren’t worth getting upset about.”