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Cheryl Cole: 'I knew Joe McElderry was gay before he did'

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Cheryl Cole has claimed that she knew Joe McElderry was gay before he came out.

The Girls Aloud star mentored the singer to victory on the 2009 series of The X Factor and insisted that she had a suspicion he was homosexual during the competition.

Cheryl Cole, two-tone Stephane Rolland fish-tail gown
'Amour' premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Cannes

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Cheryl Cole at Cannes

Joe McElderry and Cheryl Cole on The X Factor

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Asked if she knew McElderry was gay during his time on The X Factor, Cole told Attitude: "Yeah, I think I knew before he did.

"He didn't tell me. I had a chat with my boys and I just told them they could tell us whatever they wanted and I was there for them."

She continued: "I really don't know if Joe knew. I had deep conversations with Joe and he never, ever suggested it, and he never said, 'That guy's fit'.

"I think he actually said a girl was one time. But I kinda knew."

Cole's new single 'Call My Name' will be released in the UK on June 10, while her third studio album A Million Lights follows on June 18.

Watch the music video for Cheryl's 'Call My Name' below:

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