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Glee star reveals his new trans identity

Glee star reveals his new trans identity

Jake Zyrus. Photo: Twitter

Jake Zyrus, a Filipino singing superstar, has revealed he is transgender.

Formally known as Charice, the singer is best known for appearing on Glee.

In 2013 the 25-year-old singer came out as lesbian.

During a 2014 interview with Oprah, Zyrus told the talk-show host that he did not plan to transition, but felt male.

‘Were you thinking about like transitioning to become a male?’ Oprah asked.

‘Not exactly transitioning to, like, a male-male,’ he said.

‘Basically, my soul is male, but I’m not going to go through that stage where I’m going to change everything.

‘I would change this,’ he said, gesturing toward his outfit. ‘[I’ll] cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all.’

Welcome Jake!

But now, Zyrus has taken to Twitter to reveal his new name.

‘My first tweet as Jake. Overwhelmed. Saw all your love comments and I’m so happy. Finally. I love you, everyone and see you soon,’ he wrote.

All previous Tweets were deleted from the account.

Zyrus was discovered on YouTube in 2007 for his amazing singing voice and would go on to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah Winfrey shows.

He landed the role as exchange student Sunshine Corazon on Glee in 2010. Corazon was a major rival to Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry character. Their sing-off of Lady Gaga’s Telephone is one of the show’s iconic moments.

The same year his self-titled 2010 album debuted at number eight in the US charts. It was the first time an Asian solo artist reached the top ten of the US music charts.

Esquire in hot water

Esquire Magazine Philippines was quick to print an apology after it made fun of Zyrus’ name.

‘Yesterday we published an article entitled Jake Zyrus and The Challenges of Personal Reinvention, where we made fun of the singer’s unique choice of name,’ it wrote in the apology.

‘We thought we were being a crass-but-supportive friend in the way we wanted to show our support while poking a little fun at Jake, but we totally drunk-uncled our way through it.

‘Jake Zyrus’ first tweet as Jake should have been received with the same gravity, but we did not recognize it for what it is: a strong statement about identity.’

Zyrus seems to have accepted their apology tweeting ‘apology accepted, all love to you @EsquirePH. Thanks @shakirasison for speaking up for us. Respect to everyone.’