Philippine pop star is a 'tomboy'
PHILIPPINE pop star Charice Pempengco has announced she is a lesbian, ending weeks of speculation in the local press following a drastic image change where she ditched her teen-starlet look and adopted a more edgy style.
The 21-year-old star, who initially found fame through YouTube and gained international recognition through appearances on American TV show Glee, disclosed her sexual orientation on The Buzz, a local showbiz talkshow.
"Yes, I am a tomboy," Charice said on Sunday, when asked if she was gay.
"Now, I feel free. I can go out of the house without fear and be certain that I'm not stepping on anybody's toes.
"To those who can accept me, thank you very much," she said tearfully.She has been in the spotlight in the local press lately, after she revamped her image dramatically - from a long-haired girl singing love songs to one with a more masculine look, complete with short, dyed hair.
Photos of her holding hands with an unidentified young woman have been circulated on local fan websites.