Glee actress and singer Charice Pempengco has come out.
Pempengco was being interviewed by Filipino talk show host Boy Abunda on The Buzz, when she was asked if she is a lesbian. She replied in her native language Tagalog, “Yes…I am.”
She then explained why she chose to share the news on the show, “I have deep gratitude for the Filipinos because they are the ones who know who I really am. …I don’t know what the problem is because for me, there is no problem with that. So now I ask for forgiveness from those who don’t understand. And those who cannot accept. I apologize: I understand you. To those who could accept, and who could accept me, thank you very, very much. I just ant to say to all of you that I feel very light – that I can leave the house knowing I am not hiding anything.”
“I love myself, that’s why I’m able to do this,” Pempengco said, teary-eyed.
The singer, 21, had first rose to international fame after Ellen DeGeneres discovered a video of her singing on YouTube. She was invited to perform on the show in 2007.
Pempengco made her debut as Sunshine Corazon, a foreign exchange student from the Philippines, on Glee during its second season.