Charice unapologetic for showing fans her true self

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 29, 2014

BROOKS, Calif. – She took America by storm, as a 16-year old unassuming talent from the Philippines.

Charice, with the backing of industry greats like Ellen de Generes, Oprah Winfrey and David Foster, was packaged as a little girl with a big voice, who could belt out songs by Whitney Houston and Celine Dion.

But six years later, the image of that sweet girl is gone. And Charice, now 22, has found her true self.

The now openly lesbian performer not only changed her look, but even some of her song choices. During her recent U.S. concerts, Charice chose to perform more R&B and dance songs. She pointed out, “I cannot belt out all songs in my set list. It’s not a bad thing because it’s what they (the fans) want. But at the same time, it’s not me.”

Charice admitted that since she came out as a lesbian last year, she lost some fans. “I’m not going to lie about it. I expected that. But I’m not sorry that they left because I’m not sorry of being true to myself. If they left, it just means that they did not support me because of my music.”

The Pinay singer added that those who stayed with her and supported her and her choices in life are her “true fans”.

But Charice said she does not want to alienate fans who still want to hear her belt out big songs, so she indulges them from time to time. But she said her fans also need to realize that she’s growing up as an artist. She said, “I want to conquer the world and I’ll be honest to say that I would not able to reach if I will stay and only impress Filipinos. I am changing as an artist.”

To those who have bashed her for changing her image and some of her music choices, Charice said, “Thank you. Thank you for hurting me, for giving me pain…because it makes me stronger.”

And to the fans who have never left her side, she sent them this message: “That’s what I need. I have hope that despite some people bashing me, there are more of them who love me.”

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  • JRB
    29 May 2014 at 8:09 pm - Reply

    Charice your right about saying that your a lesbian, only thing it’s OK in the Philippines to say that? Not in America, the people think that lesbian is sick people in America. So you going to have to live with that for the rest of your life. Sometimes in life it’s better not to open your mouth better to shut up. Oh well “Good Luck.”