Glee star Charice Pempengco came out as a lesbian during a TV interview Sunday night in her native Philippines.
Boy Abunda, a talk show host on The Buzz, asked if the Filipina singer was a lesbian, and Pempengco replied "Yes ... I am" in her native language Tagalog.
"I love myself, that's why I'm able to do this," she said, teary-eyed. “Now I feel free."
Although her fervent online fanbase is overwhelmingly supportive, Pempengco's family has sadly rejected her decision to come out. According to the NY Daily News, she admitted to being estranged from her mother and brother due to her sexuality.
"I ask for forgiveness from those who don't understand and those who cannot accept," Charice said, addressing her family and any close-minded fans who might object to her sexuality. "I apologize: I understand you. To those who could accept—and who could accept me—thank you very, very much. I just want to say to all of you that I feel very light. I can leave the house knowing I am not hiding anything."
"We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight," she added.
This isn't the first family hardship for the 21-year-old singer, who is a viral video and TV star in her native country. Back in 2011, her father was brutally murdered with an ice pick in the Philippines.
Stay strong, Charice.