Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by JAMES ING­HAM

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.”

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