Former Glee star comes out as transgender

Charice Pempengco is now Jake Zyrus Bil Browning

Remember Sunshine Corazon, the Filipino exchange student with a golden voice who made Rachel Berry incredibly jealous? The actor formerly known as Charice Pempengco announced on Twitter that his new name is Jake Zyrus and he identifies as a man. Before transitioning, Zyrus was out as a lesbian.

The actor and singer, who previously performed under the mononym Charice, rose to fame via YouTube and was dubbed “the most talented girl in the world.” When his album launched in 2010, Zyrus became the first Asian performer to debut in the Top 10 on the Billboard 100.

Congratulations to Jake. With a voice like that, it won’t be too long before Oprah revises her statement to “the most talented man in the world.”

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