The internationally renowned Filipino singer, Charice Pempengco, has boldly made it known to the public that she is in fact a lesbian. The 21 -year old recently appeared on the Filipino show “The Buzz” and revealed all to talk show host, Boy Abunda. Pempengo sported a new haircut and a new tattoo- only a few things which added fuel to the fire of rumors regarding her sexuality.
While pointing out that Pempengco owed no one an apology, Abunda went straight to the point and asked her whether or not she was a lesbian. Pempengco admitted yes with “Opo, tomboy po ako.”
Charice went into detail about her decision to reveal her sexuality in the Philippines. Explaining that she owes a lot to her home country, she decided they should be the first to know.
Watch the interview here:
Charice went on to ask for forgiveness from her family and fans who may be shocked with her reveal. She explains how she took a break to herself and put a lot of thought into how she would reveal her identity. She went on to say that for much of her life, she did things for her family, but this was for her:
“Lahat po ng ginawa ko, ‘yung nagpa-tattoo ako, nagpagupit po ako ng buhok ko, alam ko pong very risky pero ginusto ko po. Hindi po dahil sa nagre-rebelde ako o sinaktan ako ng pamilya ko o ng ibang tao or depressed ako, hindi po. Ginawa ko po ‘yun dahil ‘yun ang gusto ko,”
(translation: A lot of what I did, getting a tattoo, cutting my hair, I know it was very risky, but I wanted it. Its not because I’m rebelling or because my family hurt me or because I’ve become a new person or because I’m depressed. I did these things because this is what I want.)
Pempengco continued to tearfully apologize to her family and admitted that they are currently not in the best of terms. This doesn’t seem to be her only struggle. People in her neighborhood who have been discovering her identity have already showered her with an array of insults and jokes.
Despite this rough time, Charice will not let this dampen her career. She confirmed that she will still continue singing and will begin recording soon.