27th August 2012
X Factor contestant’s mum “feels cool” that her daughter is gay 4
2:10 PM — An X Factor contestant has spoken out about being a lesbian, her mother's acceptance, and that her grandad only found out that she was gay by using Google.
25th April 2012
Joe McElderry victim of ‘Twitter homophobia’, again 26
5:18 PM — X Factor star Joe McElderry, who came out as gay following his Twitter account being hacked, has become a victim of homophia on the social network once again.
5th April 2012
Joe McElderry to headline Pride Glasgow 21
12:00 PM — Joe McElderry, the gay singer and winner of the X Factor and Popstar to Operastar has been confirmed as the headline act at Pride Glasgow this year.
22nd March 2012
David Walliams teases Simon Cowell with gay jokes on Jonathan Ross show 42
8:51 PM — Talent show mogul Simon Cowell was left visibly squirming during the filming of the Jonathan Ross show after Little Britain star David Walliams repeatedly teased the X Factor boss questions on his sexuality.
8th September 2011
Man who falsely accused Louis Walsh of sexual assault charged
3:02 PM — A man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of sexual assault has been charged with making false claims. Leonard Watters, 24, initially claimed that 58-year-old Walsh had groped him at the Krystle nightclub in Dublin after a Westlife concert in June.
30th August 2011
Jedward ‘not gay’, says tour manager 81
5:46 PM — Jedward's tour manager has denied that the Irish twins are gay. Liam McKenna told New magazine that despite speculation, the excitable duo like girls but won't discuss sex on Celebrity Big Brother in case their grandmother finds out.
19th August 2011
Will Young wants to be a father 33
1:11 PM — Will Young says he's looking forward to having children and a "less selfish" job. The gay singer said he was "very broody" but wants to meet the right man.
4th August 2011
Triple-booked X Factor stars Diva Fever pull out of Liverpool Pride 14
2:19 PM — X Factor stars Diva Fever have had to pull out of Liverpool Pride - because they were booked to play three Pride festivals on the same day. The band, comprising friends Craig Saggers and Josef Al-Smadi, were due to play Liverpool, Swindon and Cotswold Pride festivals on Saturday, leaving fans wondering whether they would be able to make each event.
3rd August 2011
Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry for Brighton Pride 5
2:52 PM — X Factor stars Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry are to perform at Brighton Pride this month. Burke, who is working on a new album will headline the August 13th festival with hits such as Bad Boys and Overcome.
28th July 2011
X Factor contestant called ‘tranny’ by staff 66
1:38 PM — A transgender X Factor contestant was said to be furious after programme staff mistakenly sent her an email calling her a "tranny". Pamela-Michelle Giovanni, 46, was sent the email by two junior researchers, the Sun reports.
27th July 2011
Will Young was ‘terrified’ of being gay 18
2:13 PM — Will Young has admitted he was "terrified" of being gay when he was younger. The singer, 32, said he felt "inhibited" until several years ago.
16th July 2011
Sir Elton John won’t “rush” his label’s young stars into studio too early 4
11:58 AM — Sir Elton John says that he won’t “rush” young artists who he has signed to his Rocket Music Entertainment Group company into the studio before they are ready. Rocket Music already has signed-up Leon Russell, Lily Allen, James Blunt and Sir Elton himself.
10th July 2011
Gay singer Joe McElderry wins Popstar to Operastar 15
11:40 PM — Joe McElderry, who won X Factor in 2009 and came out as gay last year was tonight crowned the winner of ITV's Popstar To Operastar after a performance enjoyed by the judges and telephone voters alike.
29th June 2011
Man who accused Louis Walsh of sexual assault set to be charged with extortion
10:47 AM — The man who accused X Factor judge Louis Walsh of sexually assaulting him in a Dublin bar will reportedly be charged with extortion and wasting police time.
23rd June 2011
Louis Walsh denies ‘sex attack’ on man in nightclub
9:29 AM — X Factor judge Louis Walsh has denied an indecent assault on a young man in a nightclub toilet. The star, 58, is accused of molesting a 24-year-old man after meeting him in a Dublin bar following a Westlife concert on April 10th.
28th April 2011
Interview: Richard ‘Biff’ Stannard, the man with the X Factor 25
5:25 PM — You might not know his name, but you can’t fail to know Richard 'Biff' Stannard’s music. Working with The Spice Girls, Kylie, U2 and countless other bands and artists he’s arguably written and produced some of the best songs in the history of pop music.
27th October 2010
Sir Derek Jacobi to star in Sony’s most expensive TV ad campaign 9
12:01 AM — Gay actor Sir Derek Jacobi is to star in one of the largest ever advertising campaigns that Sony have run in the UK. The advertisement will be first screened this coming weekend during the advertising breaks on ITV's The X Factor.
22nd January 2010
Gay celebrities Tim Gunn and Ellen DeGeneres praised by PETA 3
5:53 PM — Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn and X Factor judge Ellen DeGeneres have been praised for being animal-friendly. The pair, who are both gay, were named Man and Woman of the Year by charity People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
12th January 2010
Campaign to make Mrs Robinson number one 20
12:15 PM — An internet campaign has begun to make Mrs Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel number one in the charts. It follows the scandal surrounding homophobic Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson's dalliances with a man young enough to be her grandson.
16th December 2009
X Factor winner Joe McElderry dismisses gay rumours 21
12:57 PM — Joe McElderry, who triumphed in the X Factor on Sunday, has brushed off rumours about his sexual orientation. An ex-girlfriend said last week he had been subjected to homophobic bullying at school because he preferred singing to sports.