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Charice Pempengco, 'Glee' actress, comes out

Charice Pempengco, who played Sunshine Corazon on season

Charice Pempengco, who played Sunshine Corazon on season two of "Glee," came out as a lesbian while being interview by Filipino talk show host Boy Abunda on "The Buzz." Photo Credit: AP

Charice Pempengco, the Filipina pop star who played foreign exchange student Sunshine Corazon on "Glee," has come out as a lesbian.

"Yes, I am a tomboy," she told interviewer Boy Abunda on her native country's Sunday-afternoon talk show "The Buzz," using a local colloquialism for lesbian.

"I don't know what is the problem with that," she added in her native Filipino, in a subtitled clip from the show. "Because for me, I don't think there is a problem with that."

The newspaper The Philippine Star, reporting on the interview, said Charice, as she is popularly known, was addressing rumors that had started more than a year ago. "Now I feel free," the English-language paper quoted her. "I can go out of the house without fear and certain that I'm not stepping on anybody's toes."

The singer, 21 -- whom Oprah Winfrey in 2008 hyperbolically dubbed "the most talented girl in the world" -- said she was estranged from her mother, Raquel, and from her grandmother, who helped raise her, though it was unclear if this was a result of her sexuality.

"I left our home because that's what I had to do for now," she said. When Charice celebrated her birthday last month, the paper noted, neither woman attended.

According to a translation of the interview on E! Online, Charice asked "for forgiveness from those who don't understand. And those who cannot accept. I apologize: I understand you. But to those who can accept me, thank you very much."

Charice appeared in three episodes of "Glee" during its second season, in 2010-11. She first gained fame in the United States after her YouTube videos caught the attention of talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres.


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