Op-Ed

Charice on fighting for the right to be happy

Charice rose to fame after TV host Ellen DeGeneres, then Oprah Winfrey saw her video on YouTube – the latter even calling her as “the most talented girl in the world”. We all saw her perform with several international singers, such as David Foster, Celine Dion, and Bruno Mars – to name a few; and then appeared in an internationally-released TV show (Glee), as well as a Hollywood movie (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel in 2009). She became a source of pride for many Filipinos.

But Charice was ruthlessly criticized by many, including many of her fans and by the media when she started to drastically changed her image… from her hairstyle to her clothing. Then, she shrugged off the criticisms, saying, “I know some people think that this is rebellious but it’s not. It’s just me evolving.” About then, chismis about her sexuality also started.

And just two months ago, in an exclusive interview of TV giant ABS-CBN, Charice confirmed that she is a lesbian.

In a quick chat with Outrage Magazine during the 2013 LGBTQ reception of the US Embassy, Charice stressed why it is important to come out. And as she stressed, what she is doing is “ipaglaban ‘yung rights ko na puwede rin akong maging masaya (fighting for my right to also be happy).”

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