International recording artist and Glee guest star Charice comes out as a lesbian

Charice Pempengco, the international recording artist who appeared in several episodes of Glee, came out as a lesbian over the weekend in an interview with the Filipino program The Buzz.

"Yes, I am a tomboy," she said, using a common Filipino colloquial term for lesbian. "I don't know what's the problem with that. Because for me there isn't a problem with that."

She went on to post a video online thanking fans for their positive reactions: "I just wanna say thank you personally to all my fans, to all the people who are still supporting me, who are still there for me, and honestly I am very, very happy." Check out the video below.

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Charice got her start on YouTube in 2007 and was noticed in the U.S. by Ellen DeGeneres and Oprah who called her "the most talented girl in the world." She has released two platinum albums and is the first Asian solo artist to land on Billboard's prestigious Top 10 chart, as well as the first Filipina singer to score a top 20 hit on the UK charts. Charice is currently a judge on the Philippine version of the competition series The X Factor.

Charice is most known in the U.S. for her guest appearance on Glee as Sunshine Corazon who would go on to become the lead singer of season two's rival group Vocal Adrenaline after a confrontation with Rachel Berry (Lea Michele) drives her from McKinley High. Check out the video of Sunshine leading her group at Nationals below.

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Charice's coming out has received largely positive feedback and support from her largely Catholic home country. Fellow Filipina megastar and Tony Award-winning actress Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Aladdin, Mulan) tweeted her support yesterday.