Charice Pempengco, the singer from the Philippines who plays Sunshine Corazon on Fox's Glee, has come out of the closet and announced that she is a lesbian.
The 21-year-old actress/singer appeared on a Filipino talk show over the weekend called The Buzz, where she said in her native tongue (Tagalog) that, "Yes, I am a lesbian," with tears coming down her face.
"I don't know what the problem is because for me, there is no problem with that," she added. "So now I ask for forgiveness from those who don't understand. And those who cannot accept. I apologize: I understand you. I love myself, that's why I'm able to do this."
Before becoming a star on Glee, Charice rose to fame via YouTube, where her videos had tons of views and were well received. She turned that fame into appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and THe Oprah Winfrey Show. Later she landed on Celine Dion's Taking Chances concert tour.
She also served as a judge on the Philippines edition of The X Factor.
Her mother, Raquel Pempengco, told ABS-CBS that, "What my heart and mind are telling me as a mother is to let her expose her true self. Whatever she wants, because that's where she will be happy. I'm respecting whatever she wants to say to the public, because that is where she will be happy and free that she didn't find in our family."