Viral singing sensation from the Philippines, Charice Pempengco, talks to Oprah about her sexuality and gender identity for the first time.
Six years after she sang on The Oprah Winfrey Show, making her an international star, Charice (22) sits down with Oprah again for Where Are They Now?
Prompted by her dramatically altered, more stereotypically masculine appearance, Oprah asked Charice if she was considering undergoing gender reassignment surgery.
Charice’s first appearance on Oprah in 2008.
Charice responded, “Not exactly transitioning to, like, a male-male.
“Basically, my soul is male, but I’m not going to go through that stage where I’m going to change everything.[I’ll] cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all.”
Since her debut on the Oprah show, Charice has had hit albums and a starring role as Sunshine Corazon on Glee. In 2013, she came out as a lesbian. She tells Oprah that she was aware of her sexuality from a very young age.
“I knew when I was 5.
“I was in grade school and I saw this girl, and I felt different. I didn’t know what it was, but I just knew… it felt special. And when I was 10, I was like ‘Oh, that’s it, I’m gay.’ I found the word for who I really am.”
Charice rose to fame in her early teens after videos of her singing classics from Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey went viral. She was soon asked to do television appearances all over the globe, and was dubbed ‘The Most Talented Girl In The World’ by Oprah.
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