After revealing her sexuality on The Buzz last Sunday, international singing sensation Charice seemed to have become more open about herself and her feelings. On Monday, the singer went out in public, with current girlfriend Alyssa Quijano in tow, to hand out school supplies to pupils of an elementary school in Cabuyao, Laguna. She said it was her way of giving back to the community where she hailed from.
It was also her first public appearance after officially coming out. The singer sort of became reclusive the past several months after changes in the way she wears her hair and dresses up sparked questions about her real sexual preference. Reports of her running away from home and eloping with aspiring singer Alyssa Quijano further intensified the talks about her being a lesbian. However, Charice opted to stay away from the public eye and keep mum about the issue. It was only during her interview on The Buzz that Charice shed light into all the controversies she got involved in.
After the said interview, the singer is now more open about her relationship with Quijano, who aside from being her girlfriend and inspiration, also stands as a sister and best friend. According to Charice, she knew Alyssa since they were about 9 or 10 years old because they usually compete in the same amateur singing contests. Their paths crossed again when Alyssa joined the reality singing competition X Factor Philippines and became part of the all-girl singing group AKA JAM. Charice, on the other hand, sat as one of the show’s judges.
When asked why she made the decision to finally come out, the singer said it’s about time to answer everybody’s question once and for all. She said she already know that she’s a lesbian at the tender age of five and has came out to her mother Raquel when she turned 18. Charice said that her mom still couldn’t accept her sexuality and may take some years before she do so. She admitted that there is an ongoing rift between her and her mother.
She also shared that even before her The Buzz confession, she has already admitted her lesbianism to people close to her including TV host Oprah Winfrey and composer-producer David Foster who have become her mentors. She added that they remain supportive of her career to this day.
Now that everyone knows about her real identity, Charice feels a different kind of freedom and is looking forward to resuming her entertainment career. She is grateful that her revelation was greeted with outpouring of support from colleagues and fans here and abroad.
Charice said she is currently working on an upcoming studio album which will feature covers of songs that define this difficult period in her life. She is also slated to leave the country in the coming months to fulfill commitments in the US, Japan, Australia and Russia, quashing speculations that her international singing career is over.