Charice admits she's Tomboy; 'The Buzz' interview: "Opo, tomboy ako"

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by Glaiza Jaeloc
SunStar, June 2, 2013

INTERNATIONAL singing sensation Charice Pempengco ended all speculations about her gender preference and revealed that she's a lesbian.

"Opo. Tomboy ako. Hindi ko alam kung ano yung problema doon kasi para sa akin walang problema," the singer said in an exclusive interview with King of Talk Boy Abunda on "The Buzz," Sunday, June 2.

She said she had the option of doing the tell-all interview abroad but she chose to do it here in the Philippines because she owes everything to the public.

The singer added that she respects how everyone will take her revelation, but hopes that they will accept her for who she is.

"Sa mga hindi makaitindi, hindi makakaunawa, hindi ako matatanggap, sorry po. Naiintindihan ko po kayo. Pero sa lahat ng makakatanggap, maraming maraming salamat po."

Charice said it's a humbling experience for her to finally share her gender. "Ang gaan ng pakiramdam ngayon. Na makakalabas ako ng bahay na wala akong itatago, wala akong masasagasaang tao kasi wala akong itinatago."

After her emotional admission, Charice apologized to her mother, Racquel, and younger brother Carl.

She confirmed that there was a miscommunication between them, but they fixed it already and she's just waiting for the latter to fully accept her decision.

"Sorry mommy, Carl, pero ito ako. Proud ako sa sarili ko at mahal ko ang sarili ko kaya ko ginagawa ko ito."

"Kailangan ko siyang intindihin kasi kung nasaktan niya ako, alam ko na mas nasaktan siya bilang ina. Ngayon hindi kami magka-away. Nasa stage kami na nag-try kami na intindihin yung isa't isa," she said.

The singer also revealed that she left their house about a month ago and she's currently staying with a family in Cabuyao, Laguna.

The 21-year-old did not expect that the said foster home will accept her with open arms and she could be her real self with them.

"Ang hirap mag trust, ang hirap maghanap ng taong ganoon. Pero hinayaan ko ang Diyos na bigyan ako ng sign, kung sino ang pwedeng tumulong sa akin."

"Finally, na pumasok ako sa isang bahay pwede na akong humiga, na (pwede kong sabihin na) 'pagod na ako'. Na pwede kong lahat gawin. Pwede kong ipakita kung sino si Charice sa kanina na walang manghuhusga."

Charice also gave her two cents on the recent interview given by her grandmother. The singer said they haven't spoken yet, but there's no rift between them.

She's also certain that things will get better in the coming weeks.

Abunda also asked Charice on her rumored girlfriend, a certain Alyssa Quijano.

Without confirming anything, the singer said that Alyssa is very special to her and they've known each other since their younger years. They reconnected when Quijano joined "X-Factor Philippines," where Charice used to be a judge.

"Ang masasabi ko lang po, si Sha, she's an inspiration. Isa po siya sa mga pinagkukunan ko ng lakas ngayon. She's a very special person."

"Sana mabuksan ninyo na lang ang puso ko para makita... ang lakas ng tibok," she said.

The singer also clarified that Alyssa is not the reason behind the rift between her and her family.

Charice also spoke about rumors circulating around that she doesn't have a clear career now in show business.

The international singer reiterated that she's yet to do another recording in the US, will produce a song that will be used in one big project, will do some television shows, and will record her third album here in the country.

She's still also under the management of Marc Johnson in the US.

Charice said that she knows that some of her fans may feel disappointed by her revelation, but reiterated that she's still the same singer they’ve come to love and support.

"Ang dasal ko na sana eventually matanggap ako ng mga tao. Chasters, (Charice's International Fan Club) this is a new chapter. Welcome to my crazy life and enjoy the ride," she ended.

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