Charice Pempengco, now known as Jake Zyrus, finds herself in yet another controversy.
Causing quite a public stir when she decided to change her name to ‘Jake Zyrus’, this international singing sensation got lambasted by her grandmother, Tess Relucio, who was quoted to have said:
“Sino ba si Charice Pempengco? Apo ko! ‘Yung Jake Zyrus hindi ko apo 'yan, hindi ko kilala 'yan.”
"Pinanganak kang Charice Pempengco, mamamatay kang Charice Pempengco! Kapag nilagay sa ataul iyan, hindi Jake Zyrus ang ilalagay, Charice Pempengco pa rin."
Lola Tess, who remained quiet when Jake first came out a lesbian, was reportedly already irked and fed up, saying the name change was just too much.
In a recent interview of Jake in ‘Tonight with Boy Abunda’, she expressed sadness over her grandmother’s statement. However, she reiterates that she understands where her Lola Tess is coming from, and that no matter what, she will always love them as family.
"Lagi ko lang naman din pong sasabihin na mahal ko sila kahit na iba-ibang news man 'yung makita nila, kahit na ano mang sabihin nila, ng lola ko, at the end of the day, we're still family. I love them. I love you, guys,"
According to Jake, her family may not tolerate her chosen gender and name change now, but she’s hopeful that one day, they will come to accept her and embrace her s*xuality.
"I know that someday, no matter what, makikita rin ng lola ko yung happiness na nararamdaman ko."
Check out the video of his TWBA interview here.
KAMI wishes to remind everyone that we have no right to judge any person just because they choose to be 'different' than the rest of us. Now is the time to be accepting, to embrace individuality, and to welcome changes in society. Let's help the LGBT community feel at ease in this world that's done nothing but reject them.
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