Charice: ‘My soul is a man’

Charice is not a ‘tomboy’ but a ‘man’

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Cristina Malonzo-Balane

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06/11/2016 08:56 AM
Charice: ‘My soul is a man’
061116-charice_main.jpgOn Tonight with Boy Abunda, Charice Pempengco said whether he is a lesbian woman or a man. Charice said, “dito po sa atin ang words lang na naiintindihan nila ay bakla or tomboy. The rest are confusing. When I came out years ako, I said opo, tomboy ako, pero para po sa akin when I said that feeling ko po kasi yun lang yung easiest way na mae-explain ko ang sarili ko sa tao.” 

However, Clarice said he knew from the start who he is. “Pero kung sasabihin po nilang ngayon ko lang napagdesisyunan lahat, na all of a sudden gusto kong tawagin akong man or he, as hindi…. Bata pa ako alam ko na sa sarili ko. Noong nagkaisip na ako alam ko na ang gusto kong suotin. Tumitingin ako sa salamin, alam ko na po kung sino ako.” 

Charice continued this revelation about his identity. “So para mawala na po ang confusion…. Pero ang masasabi ko po alam ko po sa sariili ko kung ano ang ia-identify ko sa sarili ko, like what I said on Oprah, that my soul is a man. I’m not even scared to say that because I am confident that's’ who I am.” 

However, he clears he’s not pushing everyone to accept that and he won’t be offended if someone addresses him as “she” or “ma’am.” 

He also reacted to people saying he looks like Sandro Marcos. Charice admitted he’s amused and he explained why. “Nung nakita ko yun and I saw his tweet, I’m glad that he’s not bothered by it and I wish him well and his family as well.” 

Charice explained why girlfriend Alyssa Quijano is his “comfort and sanity.” “’Pag wala siya feeling ko mas hindi ako kumportable, so kapag kinakabahan ako tinitingnan ko lang siya.” He says this happens whenever she’s nervous during interviews and even concerts. He needs Alyssa’s presence to be able to calm his nerves. 

His latest album is entitled Catharsis and it is coming out in July.