Charice Pempengco has been performing on stage since she was very little. And all these years, we’ve seen her blossom into the multi-awarded, talented artist that she is now. These past few years, we’ve also seen her varying transformations too — from her choices in music genre to transitioning to a transman.
Charice, who first came out as “gay” in 2014, has identified himself later on as a “man.” After his much-talked about break-up last April 2017 with Alyssa Quijano (his partner for more than three years), Charice decided to have another momentous leap in his life: change his name. He is now publicly known as Jake Zyrus.
With all the big changes in Charice’s/Jake’s life, let’s all step back in time and see her/his glorious transformation from the little diva that she was to the iconic man he is now:
Charice as a “Bulilit Star Quest” contestant (9 years old)
In 2005, as a contestant in “Little Big Star”
While performing in a TV Show in Korea (“Star King,” 2007)
In the same year, she also appeared in “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”
Oprah Winfrey noticed her too and invited Charice to guest on her show
David Foster started bringing her around for concerts and tours
Charice then did a few episodes as Sunshine Corazon in “Glee”
In 2009, she released her smash hits, “Note to God” and the catchy “Pyramid” with Iyaz which soared in Billboard’s Top 100
She also performed on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center
In 2013, Charice appeared on “The Buzz” to publicly reveal she’s a lesbian:
Charice became a regular guest performer on “ASAP”
In 2014, Charice met Oprah Winfrey once again on her show, “OWN,” to share her coming out story
Charice happily in love with his partner then, Alyssa Quijano
Charice performing once again with David Foster at the “Asia’s Got Talent” Grand Finals
In 2016, Charice graced the cover of MEGA Man – he was the first transman to appear on the mag’s cover:
This year, Charice has been quiet on social media (and on almost all fronts). With the birth of his new moniker, Jake Zyrus, will a new music icon surface? The world’s definitely a stage for this Superstar, and we are all waiting for his comeback!