‘Glee’ Star Charice Pempengco Changes Name to Jake Zyrus
We have enough Cyruses in Hollywood — let’s hear it for a Zyrus!
Jake rose to stardom through YouTube before releasing the debut international studio album Charice in 2010, which was the first album by an Asian solo singer to break the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.
That same year, Jake guest-starred in the second season of Glee, playing potential New Directions recruit Sunshine Corazón.
On that FOX musical dramedy, Sunshine performed epic covers of “Listen,” “All By Myself,” and “As Long As You’re There.”
Sunshine also went head-to-head with frenemy Rachel Berry in their own version of Beyoncé and Lady Gaga’s hit “Telephone.”
In 2013, the singer came out as lesbian during an appearance on Filipino talk show The Buzz.
“I have deep gratitude for the Filipinos because they are the ones who know who I really am,” Jake said at the time.
“To those who could accept, and who could accept me, thank you very, very much. I just want to say to all of you that I feel very light – that I can leave the house knowing I am not hiding anything.”
A year later, Jake alluded to having gender fluidity in a conversation with Oprah Winfrey.
“Basically, my soul is like male,” the then-22-year-old said.
“But I’m not going to go through that stage where I change everything … I’ll cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all.”
On Monday, June 19, Jake switched names on Twitter and initiated the handle @jakezyrus, writing, “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.”
“I won’t let anyone ruin this moment,” Jake added later that day. “I won’t let anyone ruin my happiness. Thank you to all the beautiful write-ups about me.”
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 purged all prior tweets and adopted a new moniker on Instagram, too — posting under @jakezyrusmusic.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the love and respect. I love you back and I’m sending peace to everyone,” the 25-year-old wrote in an Insta caption.
It’s important to note Jake hasn’t made a definitive statement regarding gender identity or pronouns, so we shouldn’t assume the transition is anything more than a name change until Jake tells us differently.
And for now, it’s good to meet you, Jake Zyrus!