June 3, 2013
MANILA – Singer Charice did not expect the overwhelmingly positive response to her admission that she is a lesbian in a taped interview on “The Buzz” that aired on Sunday.
According to Charice, she felt free after the interview with Boy Abunda but was also worried because she had no idea if the public, particularly her fans, would accept her sexual preference.
“Nung tinape po naming ‘yun, sobrang magaan sa feeling pero nandoon pa rin ‘yung nag-iisip ako kung ano ang mangyayari hangga’t hindi pa talaga napapalabas sa ‘The Buzz,’” she said.
The former “Glee” star, however, revealed that she was at a loss for words when majority of the messages that she got on the micro-
blogging site Twitter were positive.
Charice said she is extremely happy to have earned the respect of a lot of people because of her courageous move to come out.
“Masaya po ako doon pero siyempre kahit paano, nandun pa rin ang expectation ko na may mga taong hindi mag-aagree. Pero naiintindihan ko ‘yun. Ganun talaga ang buhay kasi kahit anong gawin mo, may mga tao talagang may magsasalita sayo. Basta ako nalabas ko kung ano ang gusto kong sabihin, kung ano ang gusto kong gawin,” she said.
Among the local celebrities who lauded Charice for coming out were Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, award-winning TV producer Michael
Carandang, Pulitzer-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas and well-known international blogger Perez Hilton.
“Na-feel ko lang talaga na it’s about time. Before naman nito, lumalabas ako na ganito na ang itsura ko, although may mga naririnig ako sa ibang tao na ‘Ganun kaya siya?’ Kahit tinatanong nila sa isip nila, feeling ko okay naman sa kanila,” she said.
She added: “Natutuwa ako sa mga tweet nila sa akin. ‘Yung iba taga LA, lahat iba iba. Nanood sila, sinabayan nila ‘yung time sa
Philippines. Lahat sila sabay sabay nila ako tinuweet na huwag ko daw isipin na tinalikuran na nila ako. Na-touch ako sobra, yung mga totoong Chasters pa rin. Mas naging better ang love nila sa akin.”
First step to freedom
While it has only been a day since she admitted to the public that she is a lesbian, Charice said she felt that she could be gay
since the age of five.
But when she turned 18, she said she was already sure about her sexual preference and told her mother about this.
“Actually alam ko naman na may idea na siya noon pa pero hindi lang niya inentertain. Pero nung kinonfirm ko sa kanya, 18 po ako,” she said.
“In-email ko siya. I was surprised sa reply niya sa akin. Sabi niya okay lang. Pero hindi naman ako nag-expect, alam ko magbabago
‘yun. Parang rollercoaster ang reaction niya kasi hindi siya sanay. In-expect ko na maybe years bago niya ma-fully accept niya lahat. It will be okay,” she said.
Apart from telling her mom, Charice shared that cutting her hair was one of her first steps she took toward freedom.
“Akala ko pagsisisihan ko, pero nung ginupit tapos nakita ko sobrang igsi ng buhok ko, pinakita pa niya (hairdresser) sa akin ang
buhok ko. Dinonate ko po ang buhok ko. Naiyak ako noon. Parang yun kasi yung first step to freedom,” she said.
The same is true when she decided to get inked, she said.
“Sa bawat moves na ginawa ko noon, nagpalagay ako ng tattoo, alam na alam ko ‘yung mga susunod. Nandun pa rin ang hope na nung ginawa ko ‘yun, naisip ko na eventually maiintindihan nila at masasanay,” she said.
David Foster still her mentor
According to Charice, she was also touched when international composer David Foster did not turn his back on her when she told her about her sexual orientation.
“Alam po nila. Basta po ang lagi nilang sinasabi sa akin especially nung nag-come out ako sa kanila, na-touch ako kasi talagang
sinasabi nila na ‘We are proud of you,’” she said.
Charice said she will always have respect for Foster, who is also her godparent.
“Hindi ko po sila matatalikuran sa ginawa nila sa akin. Ninong ko po siya. We are family na po kahit na hindi ko na masyado makatrabaho si Sir David dahil iba yung genre ko tapos nag-iba na siya ng label, nandun pa rin siya as a godparent and as a mentor para sa akin,” she said.
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