Charice has been dating a member of Filipina girl group AKA Jam, Alyssa Quijano, for months before announcing publicly that she is a lesbian.
Charice has become more open in regards to her love life. After publicly announcing that she is a lesbian during a Sunday episode of ABS-CBN's "The Buzz", the singer introduced her girlfriend Alyssa Quijano. "She's like my everything," she said in front of journalists on Monday, June 3.
Local media reported that the member of girl group AKA Jam proudly wore a promise ring which Charice gave. "The X Factor" Philippines judge also had a tattoo on her chest which read, "Let's start with forever." It was Robert Pattinson's line when his character Edward Cullen made his wedding toast in "The Twilight Saga's Breaking Dawn Part I".
Charice said that Alyssa was like a best friend and a sister, other than a girlfriend. The couple knew each other since they were young. The two were rivals in a local singing competition a few years back. They met again when Charice was a judge in "The X Factor" and Alyssa was a contestant.
In regards to Charice's confession about her sexual preference, Melvin Castro, executive secretary of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, said that Charice was "experiencing an identity crisis." "We would rather not pre-judge her. Let's hope that there will be people out there that will help guide her with her sexual orientation called same-sex attraction," he said, as quoted by the Manila Bulletin. He also hoped her family would make Charice realize that having a same-sex attraction does not mean she has to engage in a lesbian relationship.