Singer and "Glee" Star Charice Announces That She is a Lesbian
Putting the questions and chatter to rest, Filipina singer Charice Pempengco has proudly revealed that she is indeed a lesbian. In an interview with Boy Abunda on a Sunday episode of The Buzz, she was asked whether or not the rumors of her sexual orientation were true. She responded with “Opo, tomboy po ako” which translates to, “Yes, I am a homosexual.”
An emotional Charice revealed that she is now estranged from her family, who is having a hard time accepting her sexuality. Charice, however, was happy to finally open up, "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."
She also adds that she appreciates the support of those who can accept her for who she is, “But to those who can accept me, thank you very much. We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight.”
The next day, Charice felt comfortable enough to introduce the world to her girlfriend, Alyssa Quijano whom she has known since childhood. They competed against each other in a signing competition, and then met again while Charice was a judge on The X Factor Philippines and Alyssa was a contestant. Alyssa reportedly wears a promise ring that Charice gave to her.
Charice first caught America's eye when she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2008. After making several other appearances, FOX's Glee chose her to play the role of Sunshine Corazon on the hit television show. Since the Oprah days, she has since traded in her dresses and long hair, for a cropped do.
It’s great that she is receiving support from her fans and that she is comfortable and proud of her sexuality as a beautiful and talented young woman!