In a tweet last week a former Glee star came out as transgender. This was his first post as Jake Zyrus and he has changed all of his social media platforms to reflect the new name.
Formerly known as Charice Pempengco, the 25-year-old Filipino singer rose to fame for his amazing voice and vocal range in his home country. In 2010 he was cast as recurring character Sunshine Corazon in the second season of Glee for his powerhouse vocals. It was in an interview with Oprah in 2014 on her show Where Are They Now where Zyrus explained, “Basically, my soul is male.”
Since then the outpouring of support from fans has been tremendous online and Jake is living his truth.
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
— Jake Zyrus (@jakezyrus) June 24, 2017