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Glee Star Charice: I'm a Lesbian

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Charice has come out.

Charice Pempengco, the Filipino pop star who plays Sunshine Corazon on Fox's Glee, revealed she is gay during a tear-filled interview with her home country's ABS-CBN program The Buzz

"Yes, I am a tomboy," she acknowledged, using a common Filipino colloquial term for lesbian. "I don't know what's the problem with that. Because for me, there isn't a problem with that."

Per the Philippine Star, Charice also said that her mother and grandmother were having a hard time with her admission, but she that she hoped they might eventually come around.

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The singer, who shot to fame Stateside after her appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Oprah, stoked speculation about her sexuality after she was spotted out wearing men's attire and holding hands with another girl.

Charice, who turned 21 last month, also apologized to fans who might not be accepting of her new identity.

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"Now, I'd like to ask for forgiveness to those who aren't able to understand," the crooner said.

Sporting a new short hairdo, Charice posted a video online on Saturday thanking fans for supporting her

"I just wanna say thank you personally to all my fans, to all the people who are still supporting me, who are still there for me, and honestly I am very, very happy," she said.

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