Charice Pempengco, 'Glee' Actress, Comes Out
Charice Pempengco, who played Filipino exchange student Sunshine Corazon on Glee, came out as a lesbian in an emotional TV interview on Sunday, Hollywood Life reported.
The host of the Filipino TV show The Buzz Boy Abunda directly asked Pempengco about her sexuality, which has been the subject of rumors since she ditched her long locks for a more shorn haircut. Taking a moment for composure, Pempengco replied in her native language Tagalog, “Opo tomboy po ako” – which translates to, “Yes, I’m a lesbian.”
Pempengco, who seemed slightly unnerved by her public admission of her sexuality, broke into tears, revealing that she is estranged from both her mother and brother. Her father, incidentally, was murdered with an icepick in a Manila grocery store in 2011. In the moving interview, Pempengco also apologized to fans of hers who would be offended by her sexual orientation.
Pempengco is known best in America for her stint on Glee, and her appearances on The Ellen Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In Asia, she’s a viral video sensation and a reality TV star.