After months of speculation following her drastic makeover of a more boyish look, 21-year-old singing sensation Charice finally comes out of the closet. The Sunshine Corazon of "Glee" admits in an emotional TV interview that she's indeed a lesbian.
"Now I feel free," the Philippine singer says in her native language. "I can go out of the house without fear and certain that I'm not stepping on anybody's toe." She adds, "I know that some people called me Moymoy Palaboy daw. It has become a joke here. But it didn't affect me."
Although her mother Raquel Pempengco previously said in an interview that she allowed her to "reveal her real gender preference and whatever path she wants to take," Charice admits she became estranged from her family and moved out of her family's house.
"Sorry, Mommy, [her brother] Carl, but this is the real me," Charice says. Crediting her mother for trying to accept her changes, she's hoping that she could fully reconcile with her family someday. "I need to understand her, because if she hurt me I also have hurt her as a mother," she explains.
Breaking down at some point during the interview, the petite singer apologizes to her fans, who may have difficulty to accept her changes. "But to those who can accept me, thank you very much," she says. "We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight."
Now living with her second family who, she says, is willing to catch a bullet for her, Charice tells her devotees that she will come back real soon. She hints that she's working on a new album and has a TV show. "This is it. This is a new chapter. Welcome to my crazy life," so she says.