Nov 10 Update – English subtitled video added. Manila – In a recent TV interview with Charlene Gonzales in the Buzz, Charice talked about her achievements and how she is dealing with her newfound fame. Charice took a weeklong vacation after the last leg of the David Foster and Friends Asian Tour, which she was a part. Asked on why her vacation was so short, Charice said, “Actually, I’ve already been here for a week. I think it’s quite long because usually I get only two or three-day breaks in the past.”
I’m Not Ready for a Boyfriend
Charice has just turned 18 and she was asked if she has any suitor at the moment. Charice jerked, swayed, smiled and then gave out a hearty laugh, obviously embarrassed. The Buzz: Really, is there any? Charice pouted her lips. The Buzz: “Is he a Hollywood actor?” Charice: “No.” The Buzz: Is he a singer? Someone in the audience shouted, “He’s a singer!” then Charice shifted her seating posture, seemingly rattled. The Buzz: Ne-Yo? Charice: “No,” Charice frowningly said. The Buzz: David Archuleta? Charice: No! The Buzz: Justin Timberlake… uh, Justin Bieber? Charice: “He’s not among them.” The Buzz: So who is it? Come on, spill the beans! Charice: No, no, uh no (stutters)… I mean, if there were any, I wouldn’t really mention it. And besides, I’m not yet ready for that. I’ll just let them be. I don’t need suitors, I don’t need boys. Charice unwittingly admitted. Charice: “Right now… I mean right now,” implying that she has no plans of becoming an old maid. However, she said that she’s still too young for that. The discussion shifted to Charice’s first GLEE appearance. The host requested her to sing a short sample of the song “Telephone”, which she sang with Lea Michelle on the pilot episode of the second season. Charice sang the hit song, including all the auto-tuned parts – without using auto-tune.
Charice was asked about how it feels to be in her shoes right now. Charice: I still feel like I’m dreaming. To be a well-known singer in the Philippines has always been my dream but I never thought that it would be like this. This is so much more than what I have asked for. Charice clarified that she is still the same person that people knew before all these successes came. She said that her family relationships, her attitude, and everything else, didn’t change at all. Charice: The only thing that changed was my dream that has to do with my family’s basic needs,” Charice said, referring to the fulfillment of her dream to have enough food on the table and to buy a house for her family. Charice said her career goals have also changed. In an earlier statement, David Foster said that Charice is a “shoo-in for a Grammy [award].” Charice: He [Foster] always tells me that I will surely win a Grammy [award] if not this year, then the next. I believe in him but I still am praying for it to happen. Charice: Whenever I achieve anything in my career, I always tell myself, ’even if they’re quite big, I am still starting out’, and I will stay that way. And my family, they’re always there, and I’m very happy to be with them.
Mommy Raqz brought a dollhouse as a present for her daughter. The host asked her why she gave Charice such a gift. Mommy Raqz: “Back then, she really wanted to have a dollhouse of her own but I wasn’t able to give her one because we can’t afford it,” Mommy Raquel’s tears welled. Mommy Raqz: “Of course, whenever she wins amateur singing contests, we would use the winnings to augment our budget for food and rent. This is the only time when I can really give her that [dollhouse]. This is something that she really wanted ever since, something she wanted that I can afford just now. I am really proud to be your mom.” “I mean, some people tell you, ‘I wish I had been your mom’, because they’re so proud of you, but I feel even prouder because you really are my child.” “Maybe this is the first time that I will tell you this,” Mommy Raqz’s voice started to break. “…Thank you.” The host asked Charice what Mommy Raqz means to her after taking on the role of both mom and dad to her and her sibling, after being there in every hardship that came by. Charice: “My mom is my everything. She is my bestfriend, my dad. People from foreign lands admire our strong bond, our strong relationship. They would sometimes tell me that they wish they had same kind of relationship with their parents.” Charice kept her tears from falling. Charice: I mean, even if my dad wasn’t there, I feel very complete, even if it’s just us three. It’s not because of me. It’s because of her. I am very happy right now.” “Whenever I achieve anything in my career, I always tell myself, ’even if they’re quite big, I am still starting out’, and I will stay that way. And my family, they’re always there, and I’m very happy to be with them.”
NBC’s Rockefeller Center Christmas
Charice will perform in the Rockefeller Center Christmas Special on November 30th. Also performing in the said event are Mariah Carey, Sheryl Crow, Annie Lennox, Jackie Evancho, among others.
Charice: “I was informed about the whole line just a couple of days ago. Right now, we are still checking out our potential song choices for the November 30 event.” “The other performers are really big names, so I have to choose the most appropriate piece that I will sing, so David and I are still going over the choices as of the moment.”
Charice will fly to the US Sunday evening, November 7th, after spending a week’s vacation in her hometown of San Pedro in the Philippines. She will record her second album, perform in the Rockefeller Christmas Special, and resume tapings for the Fox show GLEE. By RJ Nieto, Charicemania.com
Courtesy of The Buzz (video uploaded by ChariceTVCrew)