Filipina pop figure and “Glee” guest star Charice Pempengco came out as a lesbian on the popular Filipino show “The Buzz” on Sunday night. There has been much speculation regarding her sexual orientation.
The 21-year-old singer was interviewed by Boy Abunda who bluntly asked her about her sexual orientation. Pempengco’s response: “Opo, tomboy po ako,” which translates to “Yes, I am homosexual.”
The interview showcased a more somber side to the usually bubbly singer as she apologized to any of her fans and family that she may have disappointed. Pempengco admitted that she had drifted away from her family since coming out, but was very appreciative of all the love and support she is receiving from friends and fans. She thanked those people in a short video message.
“I just wanna say thank you, personally to all my fans, to all the people supporting me, to all the people 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.”
Rumors started swirling about the singer after she chopped off her long hair for an edgier, shorter haircut. But Pempengco told Abunda that she feels free now that she has come out.
She first shot to fame after appearing on the South Korean singing show “Star Kings,” where she sang “I am telling you,” from “Dreamgirls.” Her rendition of the song went viral on YouTube. Afterwards, she appeard on both “The Ellen Degenres Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Her most recent appearance on American televison was a guest slot on “Glee,” when she played Sunshine Corazon and sang another Dreamgirls track, “Listen.”