Charice has been on The Oprah Show four times in the past, but on last night’s Oprah: Where Are They Now, she returned to talk with Miss Winfrey as her true self. The 22-year-old pop singer shared that she decided to come on the show to “share the story to all the people out there who are having situations like mine,” which she clarifies as her struggles with coming out.
When Oprah asks how young she was when she knew she was gay, Charice said she was five, after having a crush on a girl in grade school. At 10, she heard the word “gay” and knew that’s how she identified. Then Oprah asks if she “struggled with transgender,” but Charice clarifies that while her “soul is male,” she is “not going to go through that stage where I change everything. Not change my body. I would change like cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything but that’s all.”
Charice says she was ready to “lose her career and fans” by coming out but trusted her family would come to understand her eventually. The good news is they have. Her mom, she says, is now like her best friend and supports her relationship with girlfriend Alyssa Quijano. And even though there have been rumors Charice attempted suicide, she clarifies that while she considered it, she never actually tried like tabloids have detailed.