Charice Pempengco decided it was time to be true to herself during an emotional interview on a Filipino talk show. The former Glee star came out on Sunday, revealing that she was a lesbian. Charice made the revelation on The Buzz, a Filipino talk show with host Boy Abunda.
When asked about the lesbian rumors, Charice answered, "Opo, tomboy po ako," which translates to "Yes, I am a lesbian." Charice became quite emotional during the interview, breaking down into tears. "Now, I feel free. I can go out of the house without fear and be certain that I'm not stepping on anybody's toes," Charice said.
Speculation grew about Charice's sexual orientation when the once very girly singer cut her hair and radically changed her wardrobe. Charice had stayed quiet on the subject until coming out on the talk show. Charice even said she was scared how her fans may react to her revelation. "But to those who can accept me, thank you very much," Charice said. "We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight." After her talk show revelation, Charice shared another message to her fans. "I just want to say thank you, personally, to all my friends, to all the people who are supporting me, who are still there for me. Honestly, I'm very, very happy. I can't explain how happy I am right now hearing all the positive things."
Charice also issued an apology to those people who don't necessarily understand and accept her, including her own family. "I don't know what the problem with that is because for me, that isn't a problem," Charice said. "To all those who will accept me, thank you very, very much."
Charice first gained American notoriety when she sang on The Ellen DeGeneres Show at age 15. Charice then appeared on Oprah and the talk show host called her "the most talented girl in the world." Charice later guest starred in a recurring role on Glee.
While most people have been supportive of Charice's decision, Yahoo reports that Melvin Castro, an official with the Roman Catholic Church has been speaking out against the singer. "Let's hope that there will be people out there that will help guide her with her sexual orientation called same-sex attraction," Castro told the daily Manila Bulletin.