Inamin ni Charice na "very risky" sa kanyang career ang pag-come out niya ngunit ginawa raw niya ito para sa kanyang saili.
Sa panayam sa kanya ng The Philippine Star na lumabas ngayong araw, June 8, sinabi ng Pinay international singing sensation na, “It was a risk, because I didn’t know how people would accept me.
"But I did this for myself because I’ve always known that this is who I am.
"Basically, I wanted to be free; to go out of my house without anything to hide.”
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Sagot ni Charice, “I don’t regret how I used to dress and fix my hair. I always think that the past was a challenge I needed to go through.
"And I’m not pushing anyone to come out of the closet. I didn’t do what I did in order to say, ’Hey, follow me.’
"I hope what I did serves as an inspiration, but I understand if they don’t want to follow in my footsteps.
"I understand. It’s part of the situation.
"You don’t want to hide forever, but you will feel when it’s the right time.”
May mga tao kaya sa kanyang paligid na nagsilbing inspirasyon nito upang ilantad na ang totoong kasarian niya?
Sagot ni Charice, “Lots, but what really pushed me was me thinking to myself, ’Okay, gagawin ko na.’
"See, before I came out on TV, I’d go to the mall looking like I do. Alyssa [Quijano, her girlfriend] and I would go out.
"What pushed me was I saw that people didn’t react. It was normal to them. When they’d see me, they’d see me as Charice.
"Of course, I heard other things, you can’t avoid that. But most of the people just went, ’Si Charice, o.’ Wala nang karugtong.”
Dagdag pa niya, “What’s most important to me is the reaction of Filipinos.
"Ever since I started showbiz here in the Philippines, there were a lot of naysayers. Sadly, most of them were Filipinos.
"What I did here, parang buwis-buhay naman talaga kasi either Filipinos love you or they don’t accept you.
"So it’s a big achievement for me that now, Filipinos are telling me, ’we respect you.’”
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Sabi ni Charice, “I hope someday, sexual preference will no longer be a big deal.
"Like, when you see people, you won’t need to ask them. You won’t need a confirmation, you know?
"Whatever you see is what it is, and people are equal, basically. That’s what I want for everyone.
"I know this will happen. The time will come.”
Ano ang gusto niyang ipaabot na mensahe sa kanyang mga tagahanga?
Saad niya, “Of course, thank you so much. Thank you.
"As I said in the interview [with Boy Abunda], I thought many people would turn their backs on me, but I was wrong.
"My fans are still here, or they’ve increased, and I’m very thankful that this has been the result. Thank you for the support.”
May mga bago ba siyang proyektong ginagawa ngayon?
Sabi ni Charice, “I still have one month here in the Philippines and I’m thinking of working on a third album because I’ve only released two albums in the Philippines, and it’s been a while.
"So gusto ko mag-release ng isa pang album dito para naman bago ako umalis, may maiwan man lang ako sa fans ko dito.
"I’m very excited kasi kakausap na ako ng mga ilang producers and everything.
“Yung idea is gusto kong ilagay yung lahat ng mga favorite songs ko na gusto kong i-share at gawan ng sarili kong version.
"And then, I’ll go back to LA. We’re recording something, so it’s going to be a busy year."
Paano kaya niya gustong maalala ng mga tao?
“I just want to be remembered as Charice, the singer.
"Nasabi ko na yung dapat kong sabihin about me and other things, so let’s just move on and focus on what I share with people, which is my music and my voice.
"So, sana, yun na lang.”