You’ll Never Hear of Charice Pempengco Again — Former Glee Star Changes Name
Glee was filled with its fair share of vocal talents, most of ’em being series regulars, like Lea Michele, Darren Criss and Amber P. Riley. But one of the dramedy’s most talented performers was actually a guest star; a person who Oprah Winfrey once dubbed “the most talented girl in the world.” You knew this person as Charice Pempengco.
Starting in 2010, the now-25-year-old singer started appearing on the Fox show as Sunshine Corazon, a powerhouse crooner with pipes that rivaled leading lady Rachel Berry’s (a.k.a. Lea Michele’s). And the musician proved to be such a success off screen as well, becoming the first Asian solo singer in HISTORY to land a Top 10 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart with the 2010 release of Charice, which debuted at #8.
Little did everyone know that throughout those particular years, the star was harboring a secret; one that was first revealed in 2014: the talent’s soul is male. Fortunately, fans seemed supportive of the announcement — they maintained that support through the Glee alum’s breakup with longtime girlfriend Alyssa Quijano earlier this year.
So, it is our hope that fans keep up that support after the celebrity’s latest update: you’ll never hear of Charice Pempengco again — the singer changed his name to Jake Zyrus.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the love and respect,” Jake posted, along with the Instagram above. “I love you back and I’m sending peace to everyone.”
He also tweeted:
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.
— Jake Zyrus (@jakezyrus) June 20, 2017
Another great Pride Month moment, huh?
Celebrities are helping break down LGBTQ+ boundaries simply by speaking up. Here are six YouTubers who came out as transgender in 2016:
This YouTube star announced he identifies as gender fluid, which is part of the transgender community, back in February.
"Like most teenagers, I'm still figuring it out," Brendan said at HRC's Time to Thrive conference. "I'm starting to identify as one, or as part, of the trans community. I can't really label it, because, you know, some days, my more feminine side comes out — the 'she.' Some other days I don't feel like putting on my fabulous mask, and the 'he' comes out, and I'm totally okay with that. And I don't know who I am, or where I will be going in the future, who I will be 10 years from now but I'm still a teenager. I just like the limitless feeling of it, and I'm perfectly fine with who I am now. I just identify with both genders, so I go by the pronouns he or she and it's just what I'm happy with."