'Glee' Star Comes Out as a Lesbian in Heartfelt Interview (VIDEO)

charice pempengcoAt 21 years old, most people are still in the process of figuring out who they are -- and (sometimes more importantly) who they're not. It's an often painful process, and it must be twice as challenging for celebs -- consider the massive meltdowns suffered by so many stars who came of age in the spotlight. So it's especially cool and inspiring that 21-year-old Glee star Charice Pempengco recently came out as a lesbian on national TV. During an interview on The Buzz, Filipino talk show host Boy Abunda asked her if she's a lesbian, and Pempengco answered in Tagalog (her native tongue): "Yes ... I am a lesbian."

"But to those who can accept me, thank you very much," she continued, her eyes filling with tears. "We are all equal, whether you are gay or straight ... I just want to say to all of you that I feel very light -- that I can leave the house knowing I am not hiding anything ... I love myself, that's why I'm able to do this."

I can't imagine how many people were -- and are -- touched by those words. Because Charice hit the nail on the head, of course: She loves herself, and that's why she's not afraid to be herself.

Charice continued to thank her loyal fans after the interview by posting a video:

"Honestly, I'm very, very happy. I can't explain how happy I am right now hearing all [these] positive things."

"I have deep gratitude for the Filipinos because they are the ones who know who I really am. ... I don't know what the problem is because for me, there is no problem with that. So now I ask for forgiveness from those who don't understand. And those who cannot accept. I apologize: I understand you."

Not only does Charice apparently know herself, she knows that it doesn't matter if everybody else accepts the person she is -- because she does, and that's enough.

Are you inspired by Charice Pempengco's speech?

 

Image via AnthonyChannelable/YouTube

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nonmember avatar Cass

She's a star in her own right- she doesn't need to be labeled a Glee star. As for her being gay, I expected as much and hope she's happy.

Jone Peebee

why you have to ask an apology or whatever it is? who is charice pipempemco? good voice? a saint? SIkAT? why filipino nowadays are getting dumber? anyway everything is possible in the philippines as long as the person is RICH, KNOWN, DISTINGUISHED and corrupt they owned the country's economy... go Charice for presidency..... sure you have the power. filipino loves music...

Kelly Walters

Ah, so brave.  I mean like a soldier who throws himself on a grenade to save his buddies brave.  The white house needs to create a new medal, most brave lesbian and/or gay sports star, actor or acrtress to out themselves this week.

Jenn Jabber Hughes

I am all for people being open and honest about who  they are, and trust me I know how hard that can be whether in the spotlight or just living in the bible belt like I do... but no, in my opinion no one deserves an award or medal for being proud and honest about being gay. Do we have the best Mom award, the most honest person award, the best speaking award?? We are who we are, we should just be proud of ourselves, be happy with who you are and how you are with others. No award needed.

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