Charice Pempengco, who played Sunshine Corazon during the 2010-2011 seasons of Glee, has thanked her fans for staying with her after she came out as a lesbian.
The X Factor Philippines judge told a Philippines television show, ‘Yes, I’m a lesbian,’ on June 2.
‘Now I feel free. I can go out of the house without fear and certain that I’m not stepping on anybody’s toe.’
Towards the end of the interview, Pempengco became emotional and began crying, asking for people who could not understand or accept her sexuality in the conservative Catholic nation to forgive her and thanking those fans who could.
‘To those who can accept me, thank you very much, she said. ‘We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight.’
Pempengco said she had been in same-sex relationships but would not say whether rumors that she was in a relationship with a former X Factor Philippines contestant were true.
Pempengco has recently changed the way she dresses to a more tomboy style look and she said this was to reflect her true self.
Pempengco told the television show that she was currently staying with friends as she had become estranged from her mother, Raquel Pempengco, and her grandmother – neither of whom saw her for her birthday last month.
‘I left our home because that’s what I had to do for now,’ she said.
Pempengco finished her appearance with two songs which she dedicated to her mother, grandmother, brother Carl and to her fans.
Pempengco still has hopes that she will be able to patch things up with her mother and grandmother.