These were tears of joy however as she exclaimed, 'Now, I feel free. I can go out of the house without fear and be certain that I'm not stepping on anybody's toes’. Charice also went on to confess how she had kept her sexuality a secret and that she was worried some of her fans would stop supporting her if she had come out of the closet. 'But to those who can accept me, thank you very much,' she added. 'We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight.'
Following in the footsteps of her former co-star Chris Colfer and Star Trek's Zachary Quinto, Charice’s move of publicly revealing her sexuality is a bold and brave one. In light of this, we’ve decided to compile ten of Charice’s bravest moments.
She may be a tiny girl, but she’s got a big voice and a strong heart…
Charice (her full name is Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco) was born in San Pedro, Laguna, Philippines. She was raised by her single mother, Raquel, who was the first to discover the young starlet’s extraordinary voice when she came home to her four-year-old belting out Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On atop the kitchen table.
With some voice coaching from her own mother (who was a singer in a band herself) and armed with a courageous young heart, Charice went on participate in a myriad of singing competitions at the mere age of seven to help support her family. In total, she remembers joining close to 100 competitions back then. What a feat for a 7-year-old!
Following the incident, Charice’s mother left the marriage and brought up young Charice single-handedly.
Things improved vastly for her from then on, as Charice began dominating the show’s subsequent rounds and eventually emerged as one of the competition's finalists.
The performance also wowed Oprah Winfrey so much that she called to stop Charice's returning plane to the Philippines the following day, and introduced her to legendary music producer David Foster. He eventually took her under his tutelage.
It’s safe to say that Charice stole the spotlight from Celine, and we all know that doesn’t happen very often.
Even though she was not raised by her father, Charice laid him to rest at his funeral. She was strong enough to give a memorable eulogy and even sang his favourite song during what must be an incredibly tough time for the teen.
What seemed like a normal day for Rihanna was a backlash for Charice. She received much criticism from the press and her fans for her drastic transformation. But the 4-foot-9 star stood tall and said, “I don’t care if you hate it, I don’t care if you don’t like it. What you see now is the real me” You go, girl!
On the social networking site, Charice called out her father’s siblings and lashed them for putting words in her mouth. She also publicly claimed that they had not let her visit her father while he was alive and also told her not to use his surname.