Charice: 'Opo, tomboy po ako'
MANILA, Philippines (Updated) - In a tell-all interview on The Buzz Sunday, June 2, international Filipino singer Charice Pempengco answered questions about her family, her career, and her personal life.
The young singer, who had not responded to rumors about her sexuality, admitted she's a lesbian.
"Opo, tomboy po ako (Yes, I'm a tomboy)," she told The Buzz host Boy Abunda.
She thanked the people who understand and accept her, and apologized to those who don't.
"Hindi ko po alam kung ano ang problema noon. Kasi para po sa akin wala pong problema iyon. Ngayon gusto ko pong humingi ng patawad sa mga hindi po nakaintindi, sa mga hindi po ako matatanggap. Sorry po. Naiintindihan ko po kayo. Pero sa lahat ng makakatanggap, matatanggap po ako maraming maraming salamat po." (I don't know what the problem is. For me, there is no problem. Now, I want to ask for forgiveness from those who do not understand, those who cannot accept me. Sorry. I understand them. To everyone who accepts me, thank you very much.)
Charice said she feels light and free now that she has come out.
"Pero sa ginagawa kong ito, gusto ko lang na sabihin sa inyo na, ang gaan ng pakiramdam ngayon, na makakalabas ako ng bahay na wala akong itatago, na wala akong masasagasaang tao dahil wala akong tinatago." (Because of what I'm doing now, I feel light. I can go outside the house with nothing to hide.)
She also apologized to her family and the fans whom she may have disappointed.
"Sorry mommy, Carl, pero ito ako. Proud ako sa sarili ko mahal ko ang sarili ko kaya ko po ginagawa ito. Sa mga fans ko, alam ko na marami sa inyo disappointed, alam ko nga ilan sa inyo siguro tatalikuran na ako. Sorry. Alam niyo na sincere akong tao, from the bottom of my heart, I’m sorry. Naiintindihan ko. (Sorry, Mommy, Carl, but this is who I am. I am doing this because I am proud of myself. To my fans, I know a lot of you are disappointed. Some of you may turn your backs on me. Sorry. I know you know I am a sincere person. From the bottom of my heart, I'm sorry. I understand.)
A giggling Charice also answered questions about her alleged relationship with X-Factor's AKA JAM member Alyssa Quijano.
She said Quijano is an "inspiration."
"Masasabi ko lang po, siya sa buhay ko, she’s an inspiration. Isa po siya sa pinagkukunan ko po ng lakas ngayon. She’s a very special person." (I can only say that she's an inspiration in my life. She is one of the people I get strength from. She's a very special person.)
When asked whether Quijano is one of the causes of conflict between her and her family, Charice said her family didn't know Quijano well. She also shrugged off reports they have eloped.
Charice said her revelation marks a new chapter in her life.
"Sa lahat ng ibang mga kabataan diyan na ka-age ko, mga tao na pinagdaraanan ito, always be true to yourself. Alam natin sa sarili natin kung sino ka. Life is too short to play games. Just be free... This is it! New chapter. Welcome, welcome to my crazy life. Enjoy the ride." (To other people my age, who are going through the same thing, always be true to yourselves. We know who we are.)
Watch the interview here:
Charice Pempengco first caught international attention in 2007 after media personality Ellen Degeneres discovered her YouTube videos and invited her to perform on talk show "Ellen."
Charice's career had skyrocketed since. In 2008, she released her debut album "Charice" and she performed a Whitney Houston song on the "Oprah Winfrey Show."
In 2010, Charice broke into the small screen playing Sunshine Corazon, a Filipino exchange student, on "Glee."
She is most famous for chart-topper "Pyramid," a collaboration with international star Iyaz.
Watch her performance on 'The Ellen Degeneres' show here: