After Joe McElderry made his big announcement on Saturday, people have been desperate to find out the identity of the boy that he admits to kissing.
Today, Sean Ryan has admitted that it was him but agrees with Joe’s claims that they shared only kisses and nothing more.
Sean met Joe backstage at his first audition for the X Factor judges. The trainee hairdresser and model, won tickets for the tryouts in July 2009. He said he was attracted to the 19 year old singer immediately telling The Sun:
“He was my kind of guy, handsome with dark eyes. I really fancied him from the moment he came on stage.”
“We hit it off straight away, there was a definite spark between us.”
The pair began texting and calling after that first encounter and a week later met up for a meal. Sean tried to kiss Joe at the end of the evening, but the inexperienced star pulled away. Sean said:
“He was shy and turned away when I leaned towards him. I could see he had the uncertainty I had felt at his age.”
A week later the pair met again, this time Joe invited Seam to his home in South Shields.
Sean said: “Joe opened the door in pyjamas. His mum was out so we lay on the settee and kissed and cuddled. We didn’t ever get any more intimate than that.”
Their next outing was a walk in a local wooded area, where they snogged again.
Sean revealed: “Joe was getting quite well known by then and I suppose he was taking a bit of a risk.”
But when Sean wanted something more, a proper relationship, Joe wasn’t so sure. Sean admitted:
“Joe sent me a really nice text back. He said he didn’t want to be in a serious relationship but if he had wanted to it would be with me.
“He said he couldn’t commit to anything because he was so focused on the X Factor. I was disappointed but it was great that he was so honest about it.”
On Joe’s decision to talk publicly about his sexuality Sean added:
“He’s been brave. It can’t have been easy doing that in the public eye.”