Joe McElderry hits back at weight jibes with shirtless selfie

Published Wednesday, Aug 19 2015, 11:49 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
Joe McElderry has hit back at weight jibes after being targeted by online trolls following an appearance on ITV's Lorraine.

X Factor star Joe appeared on the daytime show Tuesday (18 August), alongside Blue singer and co-star Antony Costa to talk about their new stage show, Tommy: The Rock Opera.

Joe McElderry on ITV's Lorraine - TV Programme, London, Britain - 18 Aug 2015.

© Ken McKay/ITV/REX

Joe said this photo of him was taken at a bad angle.

But, an unflattering photo of Joe on the sofa led to negative comments online saying he had piled on the pounds and was sporting a 'fuller frame'.

Laughing off the comments, Joe tweeted after the show: "Oh don't you just love the worst angled photo ever that makes you look like a slug!"

Joe McElderry poses outside the ITV studios - 18 Aug 2015.

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Joe outside the ITV studios.

And, after waking up to more comments and negative reports on Wednesday morning (19 August), Joe sarcastically said: "Just took my full figured little ass to the gym and thought I take a little pic."

In the photo, the singer-songwriter appears shirtless as he shows off his svelte figure in a mirror selfie.

Many fans leapt to his defence, saying "Nothing wrong with that figure" and "Love it, GO JOE!"

Joe McElderry hits back at weight jibes with shirtless mirror selfie - 19 Aug 2015.

© Ken McKay/ITV/REX

Joe, who won the sixth series of The X Factor in 2009, plays the lead role in Tommy: The Rock Opera, which tells a powerful tale of a deaf, mute and blind pinball player who becomes an international messiah.

Tommy: The Rock Opera opens 12 September at Winter Gardens Blackpool and runs until 26 September. For ticket information please visit the website here.

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