Since his appearance on X Factor back in 2009, Joe McElderry has been through a number of transformations, most recently shocking fans with his extreme weight gain and loss. And now he's unveiled a brand new look – which his followers are going crazy over. The singer posted an image to Instagram of him looking almost unrecognisable with a new, bleached blonde hairstyle. In the selfie, which was taken in a car, Joe is looking trim and toned in a grey T-shirt. His pale blonde hair is styled short at the sides, with extra length and volume on top.
Joe's new look is a hit with his fans
The star's followers were quick to comment on how different the 27-year-old looked. One wrote "I am LIVING for this hair" and another added "this is a stunning picture, you look fabulous". Other male celebs to have gone for the bleached blonde trend include Zayn Malik, Kanye West and Ryan Gosling, and the popular style was even dubbed "the new beard" by Vice magazine.
Last year Joe, who struggled with weight gain in the years following his X Factor win, unveiled a new trim and toned figure which was the result of healthy eating and exercise. In an interview on This Morning, he admitted that cruel comments about his weight had hurt him. He explained: "I'd never experienced [body shaming] before and I thought it was girls who got the short straw. I always used to feel sorry about girls, I'd never experienced it in my career before."
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He discussed the incident further during an appearance on Loose Women. "I wasn't bothered… it was more just about the way it was worded for young kids and other people," he explained. "I never promote anything apart from being healthy and fit. That is my message. Doesn't matter what shape or size you are. I don't do diets, I eat loads of good healthy food, and I think that's the important thing. This whole body shaming thing is just ridiculous."
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