Former Glee star and singer, Charice Pempengco has officially come out as a transgender man and has changed his name to Jake Zyrus.
The recording artist made the announcement via his twitter account . 'My first tweet as Jake,' he wrote 'Overwhelmed. Saw all your love comments and I'm so happy. Finally. I love you, everyone and see you soon.'
Jake Zyrus introduces himself on social media
My first tweet as Jake. Overwhelmed. Saw all your love comments and I'm so happy. Finally. I love you, everyone and see you soon.— Jake Zyrus (@jakezyrus) June 20, 2017
'I won't let anyone ruin this moment. I won't let anyone ruin my happiness. Thank you to all the beautiful write ups about me,' he added in another tweet.
I won't let anyone ruin this moment. I won't let anyone ruin my happiness. Thank you to all the beautiful write ups about me.— Jake Zyrus (@jakezyrus) June 20, 2017
The change comes three years after the singer told Oprah Winfrey in an interview that 'my soul is male.' Zyrus then called Charice first rose to fame in western media when he made an appearance in the Oprah Winfrey Show and was dubbed by the talk show host as "the most talented girl in the world."
He released his first international studio album Charice in 2010 and it peaked at number eight in the Billboard 200, making him the first Asian recording artist to enter the Top 10 of the American album charts. He also appeared in a few episodes of the second season of Glee where he played Sunshine Corazon, a rival to the show's mainstay Rachel Berry.
Mixed reactions to Jake Zyrus name change
Zyrus was inundated with love and support from her fans and media outlets, but received mixed response from his own country, the Philippines.
Aiza Seguerra, a former child star, Philippine government official and a lesbian herself tweeted out her support to the former Glee alum." If your name is a hindrance in setting your true self free, I see nothing wrong with changing it" she tweeted in tagalog.
Kung ang pangalan ay isa lamang hadlang sa pagpapalaya ng totoo mong pagkatao, wala akong nakikitang masama sa pag palit nito.#congratsjake— Aiza Diño Seguerra (@aizaseguerra) June 20, 2017
On the flipside Zyrus faced backlash, and suffered from transphobic tweets and messages from some of her fellow Filipinos.
His own grandmother, Tessa Relucio spoke against her grandchild's revelation. Speaking to ABS-CBN Relucio said that Zyrus should "repent" and ask forgiveness from God for her sins. She said that she was hurt when she first learned of Zyrus coming out, and in addressing the star she pointed out in Filipino that "I myself gave you a bath when you were a child, you're a woman!"
Jake Zyrus so far has chosen not to respond to his grandmother's remark nor to any other negative comments.