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'Glee' Star Charice Pempengco Changes Name To Jake Zyrus After Coming Out As Trans

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Jun. 21 2017, Published 8:17 p.m. ET

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Charice Pempengco is finally living his true self. The Filipino singer, who came out three years ago, has changed his name to Jake Zyrus.

The 25-year-old Glee star announced the big reveal via social media on Sunday, saying, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the love and respect. I love you back and I’m sending peace to everyone.”

Zyrus declares the name change a fresh start as all previous posts from the singer across social media were deleted.

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“My first tweet as Jake. Overwhelmed," Zyrus wrote to his fans on Monday. "Saw all your love comments and I’m so happy. Finally. I love you, everyone and see you soon.”

Zyrus appeared on a 2014 episode of Oprah Winfrey’s Where Are They Now to face head on rumors of a gender transition. “I’m not going to go through that stage where I change everything,” Zyrus said at the time. “I’ll cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all.”

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