The X Factor 2016 winner Matt Terry has arguably caused more of a stir due to his alleged romance with fellow finalist Freddy Parker than for his singing. But now, the 23-year-old former waiter has stepped forward and spoken out about his sexuality and addressed the rumours.

Eagle-eyed fans thought they saw blonde-haired Freddy get up close and personal for a peck after Terry was announced the winner of the singing contest and the other finalists rushed around him on stage on Sunday (11 December).

But Terry, who was also known to flirt with his mentor Nicole Scherzinger, has denied locking lips with his friend and has stressed that they see one another as brothers. When it comes to dating, female voters can be relieved as Terry is only interested in seeing women.

He told the Daily Star: "As far as I'm concerned, I am a heterosexual man – but I will totally keep fans up to date with my personal life and who I am dating. They will be the first to know. Fame is overwhelming but it is part of my job and I want to embrace it."

On Monday (12 December) Terry revealed he only entered the competition after his girlfriend dumped him, and proceeded to speak about the failed relationship at many points in the show.

His former girlfriend, Jas Avis, reportedly called off their three-year relationship in May – two days before his birthday – because she felt they were "holding each other back." The couple were since thought to have gotten back together, but it looks like they broke things off yet again.

Good luck to this one! Have loved watching you doing your thing every week and I'm so pleased your dreams are coming true 🙏🏼👏🏼 @mattterry93

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Just one day ago, dancer Avis posted an Instagram shot of the former couple together with the caption: "Good luck to this one! Have loved watching you doing your thing every week and I'm so pleased your dreams are coming true @mattterry93".

Now, Terry says he is not interested in settling down any time soon, adding: "I won't be dating because I want to put everything into [my music]. I want to make sure I'm successful and focus on my music from now on."