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South Shields pop star Joe McElderry laughs off TV ‘fat’ slur

Singer Joe McElderry.
Singer Joe McElderry.

Poor South Shields popstar Joe McElderry has laughed off claims that he’s piled on the pounds.

The 24-year-old X Factor winner appeared on ITV’s chat show Lorraine yesterday morning, to talk about his latest stage show, Tommy The Rock Opera.

However, a few hours later the Daily Mail ran a story suggesting he had a ‘fuller frame’ as they used an unflattering picture of him slouched on the sofa.

But a relaxed Joe took to Twitter and told his 325,000 followers: “Oh don’t you just love the worst angled photo ever that makes you look like a slug!”

And he was soon given plenty of support from his legion of fans.

@maryrob30409209 said: “You don’t look like a slug, Joe. If you ever did you’d be a lovely slug! Really liked your outfit!”

@lorivil added “You’re nothing like it Joe. You’re looking so fit and toned.”

@pingthing1 tweeted: “You are the fittest, leanest, fastest, funniest handsomest, slug I’ve ever seen. Doesn’t jealousy make some people mean.”