“Opo, tomboy po ako,” Pempengco says, adding that former Pinoy X Factor contestant Alyssa Quijano is special to her
International singing sensation Charice Pempengco has confirmed that she is a lesbian. She made the disclosure in a recorded interview with talk show host Boy Abunda during today’s episode of The Buzz. Her announcement ends persistent rumors about her sexuality which began early last year when she embraced an “edgy” hairstyle.
“Opo, tomboy po ako,” Pempengco said in response to Abunda’s direct question. She also apologized to her mother Raquel and brother Karl, revealing that her frequent conflicts with her mom prompted her to move out of their house. “Sorry, mommy. Eto po talaga ako,” she said. Check out the full transcript of the interview through the EnterVRexWorld blog site.
Early last month, her mother Raquel publicly said that she is allowing her daughter to reveal her sexual identity. ”Bilang ina ay hayaan ko siyang ilantad kung ano ang tunay na katauhan niya. Kung ano ang gusto niya, dahil doon siya magiging maligaya,” she told ABS-CBN News.
Pempengco also revealed that she has a special relationship with Alyssa Quijano, former contestant of X Factor Philippines, where the singer served as a judge. “She’s an inspiration. Isa po siya sa pinagkukunan ko po ng lakas ngayon,” she said. She explained that Quijano and her had known each other since they were just nine years old.
The singer’s penchant for trying out “manly” hair styles frequently trigger lesbian rumors online. A picture of her taken during a performance in a campaign trail earned Pempengco unfavorable comparisons to Korean rapper Psy and Senator Bongbong Marcos.