MANILA, Philippines – On the June 7 episode of ANC’s “Headstart,” Charice Pempengco showed many emotions on her recent decision to come out. The international singer was alternately sad, happy and sentimental as she answered questions about her family, love interest, tattoos, Aiza Seguerra and her singing career.
When asked by host Karen Davila on how she felt about her mother not talking to her since she came out, Charice replied:
“Mahirap po kasi, hindi naman po ito ang first na nangyari ito. Ilang beses na rin po na wala kaming communication…Mahirap po kasi po wala na rin po si Daddy.” (It’s hard because this is not the first time this happened. There have been many times when we didn’t communicate. It’s hard because Daddy is gone.)
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Charice stressed how much she misses her mom but is at least getting support from her “second family.”
She also showed her tattoos which read, “I never knew true love until someone broke my heart” and “I cry because it hurts.”
The singer insisted that all her tattoos have meaning and are not a sign of rebellion.
She also assured her fans that her coming out will not affect her singing in any way.
“Basta po, kahit po anong sabihin nila, mahal na mahal ko po ang pagkanta at hindi po pwede na magigising na lang ako na ayoko na.” (Regardless of what others say, I really love singing and it’s impossible that I just wake up and realize I don’t want to sing anymore.)
Does she miss her long hair?
“Sa totoo lang po, hindi.” (In truth, no.)
Love and career
Talk inevitably turned to her love life with Charice admitting that she and Alyssa Quijano of “X Factor” fame have known each other for a long time.
A glowing Charice said love can only be good for her career.
“Para po sa akin, nakakabuti dahil isa po siya sa mga inspiration ko at mas sinisipag ako, mas ngumingiti ako. Char!” (For me, it’s good because she is one of my inspirations and I work harder and smile more.)
In the middle of the interview, Charice dedicated her performance of Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do (I Do It For You)” to Alyssa.
Asked how her U.S. fans have reacted to her coming out, Charice said that Oprah Winfrey already tweeted her support. Ryan Seacrest and ABC television network have also backed her up.
“Sa nababasa ko, sobrang minahal din po nila ang talent ko and natutuwa po ako,” (From what I’ve read, they really love my talent and I’m very pleased), she added.
When asked if she wants to marry someone of the same sex, the singer said it is too soon to tell and that she is focusing on her career first.
On Aiza Seguerra
Among her sources of inspiration — including Beyonce and Justin Timberlake — Charice made special mention of Aiza Seguerra, another Filipino singing sensation who came out in the middle of her career.
Though the two have not spoken, Charice thanked Aiza for her supportive tweet.
Ano man ang sabihin ng iba, masakit man at hindi maganda, lagi mong iisipin na ngayon, malaya ka na. @officialcharice— Aiza Seguerra (@aizaseguerra) June 3, 2013
“Idol, thank you!” she said.
An example of inner strength
Her parting words took on an inspirational tone with her hoping she can be an inspiration of inner strength to others.
“Kung may kukunin man po sila, gusto ko lang po yung lakas ng loob. Kasi po para po sa akin, sobrang hirap po ng ginawa ko.” (If they will get anything from all of this, I want it to be inner strength. Because for me, what I did was very difficult.)
“Yun po ang gusto kong makita ng kabataan. Hindi lang yung situation ko ngayon but yung sa lahat ng mga challenges na darating sa buhay nila. Hindi mo magagawa ang isang bagay kung wala kang lakas ng loob.” (That’s what I want the youth to see. Not only in my situation but in all the challenges they will face. You can’t do anything without inner strength.) – With reports from Ace Tamayo/Rappler.com