'Now I feel free': Tearful Glee star Charice Pempengco admits she is gay in emotional interview

An emotional Charice Pempengco wiped away tears after she ended months of speculation by going public about being gay.


The ex-Glee singer has followed the likes of her former co star Chris Colfer and Star Trek's Zachary Quinto by being open and honest about their sexuality.

Charice, 21, made the revelation during an interview on Sunday with Boy Abunda, who hosts the Filipino showbiz show The Buzz.

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Tearful: An 'emotional but relieved' Charice sheds some tears after she 'comes-out' on televisionTearful: An 'emotional but relieved' Charice sheds some tears after she 'comes-out' during a television interview on Sunday

When asked about rumors surrounding her sexuality by the host she replied in Filipino: 'Opo, tomboy po ako,' which translates to 'Yes, I am a lesbian.'

During the interview the talented singer became overwhelmed with emotion by breaking down in tears as she appeared to be relieved but emotional.

'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 added.
Feeling free: The singer appeared both emotional and relieved after coming clean about her sexualityFeeling free: The singer appeared both emotional and relieved after coming clean about her sexuality

Speculation had been surrounding the young singer's sexuality in recent months after she had radically transformed her once ultra feminine image of long hair and dresses to a much more radical tomboy look.

These days the girlie image has been replaced by a short boy haircut and much more androgynous style clothing.

Charice - who was called 'the most talented girl in the world' by chat show queen Oprah Winfrey - was originally discovered on South Korean talent show Star King back in 2007.

The singer then further raised her profile by appearing on the Ellen De Generes Show before releasing her debut album in the Philippines in 2008.


Best of friends: Charice with her Glee co-star Lea Michelle before her 'coming-out' announcementBest of friends: Charice with her Glee co-star Lea Michelle before her 'coming-out' announcement


This in turn led to a recurring role in the second season of Glee further cementing her career Stateside.

But until Sunday's revelation she had remained silent about her sexuality and even admitted on The Buzz that she feared that some of her fans would not support her once she came out.

'But to those who can accept me, thank you very much,' she added. 'We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight.'

After her admission on a separate video message aired on a different Filipino show:'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.'

More feminine look: Charice sports long curls and a pink dress during a 2010 performance in the Philippines to promote her debut album before her gay confessionMore feminine look: Charice sports long curls and a pink dress during a 2010 performance in the Philippines to promote her debut album before her gay confession

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