Sunday, June 2, 2013

Charice Pempengco admits: Yes, I'm a lesbian

International singing sensation Charice has admitted on a Philippine showbiz TV show that she's a lesbian. 

"Opo, tomboy po ako (Yes, I'm a lesbian)," Charice told TV host Boy Abunda on the show "The Buzz," which aired June 2. 
Charice on 'The Buzz'


"Tito Boy, meron po akong chance na gawin lahat to internationally (I have the chance to do this on an international level)," said Charice.

"Pero pinili ko po dito dahil kasi malaki po ang utang na loob ko sa mga Filipinos dahil na-feel ko na gusto ko pong sila, sila yung makaalam kung ano man po ako, kung sino man po ako. Opo, tomboy po ako (But I have chosen to admit it here because I owe Filipinos a lot and I felt that they should be the one to know what I am, who I am. Yes, I'm a lesbian)," Charice said. 

"Hindi ko po alam kung ano ang problema, kasi para po sa akin wala pong problema yun. Ngayon gusto ko pong humingi ng patawad sa mga hindi po nakaintindi, sa mga hindi po makakaunawa, sa mga hindi po ako matatanggap. Sorry po. Naiintindihan ko po kayo. Pero sa lahat po ng mga makakatanggap, matatanggap po ako, maraming maraming salamat po. (I don't know what's the problem [about my sexual orientation) but for me, it's not a problem. I want to ask forgiveness from those who will not understand and those who will not accept me. I'm sorry. I understand you. But for those who will accept me for who I am, thank you very much)," she said. 

Charice added, "Pero sa ginagawa kong to, gusto ko lang sabihin sa inyo na ang gaan ng pakiramdam ngayon na makakalabas ako ng bahay na wala akong itatago. Wala akong masasagasaang tao dahil wala akong itinatago (For what I did now, I just want to say to you that I feel so free that I will be able to go out of my house without hiding something. I will not step on someone's toes because I don't hide anything)." 

Charice said sorry to her mom and fans. 

"Sorry Mommy, Carl pero eto ako. Proud ako sa sarili ko. Mahal ko ang sarili ko kaya ko po ginagawa ito. Sa mga fans ko na alam ko na madami  sa inyo disappointed. Alam ko nga ang iba sa inyo tatalikuran na ako. Sorry. Alam nyo na sincere akong tao from the bottom of my heart. I'm so sorry. Naiintindihan ko (Mommy, Carl, I'm so sorry but this is who I am. I'm proud of myself. I love myself that's why I did this. To all my fans, I know that many of you are disappointed. I know that some of you will turn your back on me. Sorry. You know that I'm a sincere person. From the bottom of my heart, I'm so sorry. I understand)," she said. 

Abunda clarified that Charice is saying sorry not because she's a lesbian but because these people have been hurt.

The TV host asked Charice if she hopes that there will come a time when people can work in a country or industry where sexual orientation will not be an issue but only talent. 

"Naniniwala po akong someday darating po yan. Siyempre mahirap po ngayon. Naniniwala po ako na someday, lahat po tayo lalabas at magtatrabaho ng pantay-pantay lang. Kaya nga minsan sinasabi, 'Are you gay? What, are you straight?' Pareho lang naman yun e. (I believe that someday it will come. It's difficult for it to happen today. I believe that someday, all of us will go out and work where everyone will be treated equally. Sometimes people would say 'Are you gay? What, are you straight?'. For me, it's the same," she said. 

In 2007, Charice was invited to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres show after she performed on the Korean TV talent search show "Star King." 

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Note: Credits please (www.koreaobserver.net) if you're going to use my translation.

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