Former X Factor winner Steve Brookstein has ranted about “bitchy homosexuals” in his latest Twitter rant.

Brookstein rose to prominence on the original X Factor series in 2004, but was quickly ditched by his record label and fell into obscurity.

However, the failed reality star enjoys a second life as an internet troll, and this week hit out about gay people on the social network.

Responding to someone else’s tweet, he wrote: “oh look a bitchy homosexual. You don’t get many of those on Twitter.”

When a user encouraged him to “have a day off”, he responded: “I’m betting you’re gay.

“I have a theory about a bitchy queen gene that a few gay men have. I think you may have it.”

When another Twitter user questioned his comments, he responded: “boo hoo you big girl”.

Brookstein previously lamented that gay showbiz journalist Dan Wootton had not been infected with HIV.

He wrote: “All those people with HIV and not one of them is called Dan Wootton.”

Responding to critics, he added: “I have no interest in a bunch of gay men bitching because they see mentioning HIV as an attack on them. It’s not your virus.”

Brookstein has not had a charting album or single release in nearly a decade.

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