Glee actress Charice Pempengco is speaking out about her sexuality.
When asked Sunday night during an interview with Filipino talk show host Boy Abunda on The Buzz if she is a lesbian, Pempengco replied in her native language Tagalog, “Yes … I am.”
Explaining that she chose to share the news on the popular show, Pempengco said, “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.”
“To those who could accept, and who could accept me, thank you very, very much,” she continued. “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,” she said, teary-eyed.
Pempengco made her debut as Sunshine Corazon during the second season of Glee, playing a foreign exchange student from the Philippines.