“The X Factor” U.K. 2011 finalist Craig Colton, who is openly gay, is dating openly bisexual Danyl Johnson, who was a contestant on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2009.
But according to British tabloid The Sun, Colton’s budding relationship with Johnson is causing problems with Colton’s close friend Marcus Collins, who is also an “X Factor” U.K. finalist in 2011. Collins reportedly disapproves of Colton dating Johnson because Collins thinks Johnson is disracting from Colton’s focus in the competition.
Collins (who is also openly gay and in a serious relationship with a boyfriend) and Colton are both 23 years old and from Liverpool, England. The two singers met because of their “X Factor” experience, and they have become very close pals.
Johnson, 29, finished fourth on “The X Factor” U.K. in 2009. At his “X Factor” audition, Johnson sang “With a Little Help From My Friends,” and Simon Cowell (who was a judge on the show at the time) told Johnson did “the best audition I ever heard.”
The Sun reports:
X Factor favorite Craig Colton is dating former contestant Danyl Johnson. The pair have been getting close for two weeks after bisexual Danyl — a finalist on the 2009 series — met gay Craig backstage at the ITV reality hit.
The pair have been getting close for two weeks after bisexual Danyl — a finalist on the 2009 series — met gay Craig backstage at the ITV reality hit.
The two were seen smooching on London’s South Bank on Sunday night.
On Wednesday [December 16, 2011], Craig rushed back from a Children In Need gala dinner in Manchester to go shopping with Danyl, 29.
The next day, Craig tweeted: “Had a great night with my pal @DanylAJohnson.” Later on, they went to the West End to see Ghost the Musical — speeding off afterwards in Danyl’s motor.
A source said: “They’re very much the item. They’ve become inseparable and text non-stop when they’re not together.
“Everyone thought they were just swapping war stories from their experiences on the show, but it turns out it’s blossomed.”
The relationship has not gone down well with Craig’s show rival, pal and fellow Scouser Marcus Collins. The source added: “Marcus has told Craig he needs to concentrate on his performances and not get distracted. He’s worried for his friend.
Danyl revealed he is bisexual, while Craig was outed as gay by fellow wannabes Nu Vibe. He said: “I’ve never hidden my sexuality.”
Colton and Collins are the remaining finalists of 2011 in the “X Factor” U.K.’s Boys category (male solo singers under age 25). Their mentor on the show is “X Factor” U.K. judge Gary Barlow.
November 19, 2011 update: Colton is denying that he and Johnson are dating. In an interview with ITV, Colton said: “No, he’s a good friend … It’s quite funny because it wasn’t a date, it was just a chance to meet up and talk about some music for next year and now it’s been made into a date. He’s been working with some amazing producers, a few producers that I’d like to work with. So that was what the whole day was about but now it’s been turned into a date.”