The X Factor winner is close to the singer

Joe McElderry says Cheryl Cole keeps in touch with him regularly by phone.

The singer, 18, was mentored by the Girls Aloud star on The X Factor last year.

Cheryl texts me all the time,’ he admits. ‘She said, “If you ever have a moment where you have a bit of a wobble… just give me a ring.”

‘I feel like if I was having a crisis or something, I could phone Cheryl.’

And Joe is positive their friendship will last.

‘We chat all the time – late night, mornings, whenever,’ he adds. ‘I think we’ll still be friends in ten years’ time.’

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