Posted on 02 June 2013.
Charice gave an exclusive interview to Boy Abunda.
Boy: Everybody is talking about you…Let’s start here. Why have you avoided the media?
Charice: When there are big issues that come out, of course I’m afraid because I’m still human. I’m very careful to the point that I don’t know anymore what I should say just so people’s reaction to it will be neutral. I don’t want to suddenly say something and then everything will be negative. I gave myself a break to think what I should do, what next steps I need to take so that everything will get better. This is why I am facing you today.
Boy: Why are you breaking your silence now? Why are you speaking up now?
Charice: I’ve asked for a lot of signs; it’s really true when you feel it…I’ve done a lot of things for the ones I love, for my family for many years, I did it for them. Now I feel that this time I’d like to do things for myself.
Boy: These signs, the signs which are the reasons why we are talking today…
Boy: Let’s start talking about your family. Straight to the point: your Mommy Racquel and yourself - are you angry at each other?
Charice: Yes, we had a fight, I have to understand her because if she hurt me, I know she was hurt more because she’s a mother. As of now, we’re not fighting. We’re still in that stage trying to understand each other, but I have to give her credit for trying to understand the situation, so yes we fight but that is normal.
Boy: Your grandmother – you and your “Lola,” are you quarreling?
Charice: The truth is, no. I’ve seen her interview but we’re not quarreling. In the first place, we didn’t have a chance to talk yet. Perhaps because she has her own opinion and I accept that, I’ve seen her interview and I understood that that’s how she felt but we’re not fighting.
Boy: Who is Robert Yberra?
Charice: He is my godfather. I’ve seen a lot comments from him, things that he said to the media and to some people. I respect him as a person. As my godfather, I owe him a lot.
Boy: You’re not mad at him?
Charice: I don’t know why I’m not mad at him. Even if I think I should be mad at him for the things he’s been saying, but I don’t. We stayed at his house…the small things…he’s the one who taught me how to drive. As long as he knows me as a person and I know him, I respect him, I owe him a lot. That’s all.
Boy: There were rumors that you left your house without telling anyone. Is it true? What are the reasons? Tell us the story.
Charice: No, I don’t know what to say about that. I left home, yes, but I think Mom knew that it would get to that point. I left not because I don’t want to be there; I left because that was what I needed to do.
Boy: Charice, everyone’s asking now, where are you now? Where do you live here in the Philippines? Who do you consider your family now, especially at these times that you are going through a lot in your life?
Charice: I am staying right now in Cabuyao, Laguna. I am staying with a family that I didn’t expect will take a chance….
Boy: Gamble (taking a chance)?
Charice: Gamble, as in they will take a bullet for me. That’s why on my birthday…I am lucky there are people like that, I didn’t expect that. It’s hard to trust, it’s hard to find people like that, but I left it to God to give me a sign of who can help me. They are here in Laguna – Mommy Ina, Daddy George, and older brother Glenn. I’ve known them for a long time since I was young, so when I got to their house that day, I felt comfortable already.
Boy: You’re home here, in this house?
Interview Part 1 with English Subtitles:
Charice Buzz Interview part 1/2 (English Sub) von Capofret-Chaster
Charice: Yes, I can say that when I come inside this house, I can lie down and say I am tired. I can do anything, I can pretend to be crazy, I can show them who the real Charice is without judgment from others
Boy: This is what you call home. What do you want to tell them, your new family?
Charice: I would like to thank them but I don’t feel that it’s enough to just say that. I’ve been here a month but it feels like years. I would like to say in front of all of you that I thank them very much. I hope people don’t think bad things about them because if it weren’t for them, I won’t be here today. I’d be so depressed so I am very thankful.
Boy: Are you hoping that you, Grandma, Mommy, and Obet will sit down and talk?
Charice: Maybe, I always think that everything will be ok.
Boy: Another rumor – your career is over and you are just sitting around in Cabuyao, Laguna doing nothing.
Charice: You know people here call me homeless?
Boy: Why homeless?
Charice: Homeless. I laughed because I realized that it is difficult. You try to be down to earth, and people still comment. People see me walking around – that’s me. I’d rather do that than be seen as a high society person who doesn’t go out (in the streets). I watch basketball tournaments which what I like to do now – this is what I want to do.
Boy: Let’s talk about your career. What happened to your career?
Charice: My US manager is still Marc Johnston, nothing changed. Glenn Aldueza here in the Philippines. It’s nice to have people who know your likes and dislikes. I’m going to have a recording, which will be featured in a big project. There are also TV shows but I can’t talk yet. If I am allowed to talk, I will.
Boy: In other words, there are things still happening in your career?
Charice: For my fans here in the Philippines, we are working on a third album, just for you.
Boy: This is what the Filipino people are waiting for, the most controversial thing. I am thankful that you are brave and you trust me in telling your story. When your pictures appeared in social networks, there were many questions and theories on your change in appearance, hair, clothing and your mannerisms. Why the change? There are speculations that you’re rebelling, you’re looking for attention. What do you want to say?
Charice: I don’t know how to explain. I was being truthful. I had a hair cut – all the choices that I made I know are very risky. I’ve done them because I want to, not because I was rebelling, not because I was hurt by a person or family, not because I am emotionally depressed. I did them because I wanted to.
Boy: This a hard question. I don’t know how to phrase this, only because I believe that we don’t owe anybody an explanation. I believe that sexual orientation and gender identity don’t have anything to do with talent, but I need to ask you, are you a lesbian?
Charice: Uncle Boy I have a chance to do this internationally…
Boy: Charice, you mean this conversation didn’t have to happen here?
Charice: I chose to do it here because I owe it to the Filipino people. I felt that they should be the ones to know what I am and who I am. Yes, I’m a tomboy. I don’t know why that’s a problem? Because for me, it’s not a problem. Now I want to ask forgiveness to those who don’t understand, to those who can’t accept me. I’m sorry. I can understand. For those who will accept and can accept me, thank you very much. And for what I have done I just want to say that I feel that a heavy weight has been lifted from me now (tears up voice slightly breaks). That I can leave the house without hiding anything, nor putting anyone down because I’m not hiding anything. Sorry Mommy, Carl…but this is me. I’m proud of myself, I love myself. That is why I’ve done this. To my fans, I know a lot of you are disappointed, some of you will probably leave me. Sorry. You know I’m a sincere person (by purdy). From the bottom of my heart, sorry. I understand.
Boy: Charice, I would like to clarify, you’re sorry not because you’re a lesbian, you’re sorry because….
Charice: I know that all of them got hurt.
Boy: They got hurt because you came out and they never expected this and in our culture this is not the normal and usual way and most of the time remains hidden so that the public and fans stay happy. But you chose to tell the truth because it was the right thing to do. Do you hope one day that you could work overseas in a world, in an industry, that won’t look at gender but talent?
Charice: I believe that someday, it will come. It’s just difficult at the moment. I believe that someday, we will come out and work as equals. That’s why sometimes they say: Are you gay? (And I answer) what, are you straight? It’s all the same.
Boy: How do you feel? Do you feel free?
Interview Part 2 with English Subtitles:
Charice Buzz Interview 2/2 (English Sub) von f100000106818361
Boy: I’ll just push this, now that you’ve said you’re a lesbian, have you ever had a relationship with a fellow woman?
Charice: Yes, of course. I can’t tell who, but yes, I’ve experienced it.
Boy: But you needed to hide?
Charice: Yes TNT (laughs). (TNT means “tago nang tago” or always hiding.)
Boy: The last time I saw you, you were with Cheesa. Did you have a relationship with her?
Charice: Oh yes! No, it’s a joke! Because I remember we posted a picture captioned “my baby girl.” Then we saw on our Twitter timelines, jowa/jowaers (bf or gf gay lingo for girlfriend), things like that, but no.
Boy: You’re so cute you can do that now.
Charice: (laughs) It’s not true, Cheesa is like a sister, a big sister.
Boy: Here is another question people are waiting for. Who is Alyssa Quijano in your life?
Charice: Wait, I’ll wipe my perspiration first….Uhm…We’ve known each other for a long time now. We met when she was 9 and I was 10. In singing contests, we used to compete with each other. We met again when we saw each other on X-factor. All I can say is, she is an inspiration in my life. She’s one of the people who gave me strength. At the moment, she’s a very special person.
Boy: You love Alyssa?
Charice: Sorry! I wish you could open my heart and see the answer.
Boy: If I could open your heart, is it a yes or no?
Charice: It beats strongly.
Boy: A strong heartbeat…Is Alyssa the reason why there is a misunderstanding between you and your family?
Charice: Maybe we could say it’s one of the expected reasons.
Boy: They’re saying she’s the one you are spending your money on, that your family don’t like her.
Charice: All I can say is that they don’t know her. They don’t know how amazing she is but I know she understands.
Boy: Did the two of you elope?
Charice: Uncle boy? Am I like a teenage boy?
Boy: Do you plan to get married someday?
Charice: One day, one day. Not at the moment but one day.
Boy: Where is God in your life now?
Charice: In my heart always but some people think I’ve have forgotten Him. But everyday I’m always say “Lord, I leave everything up to You” because I know that He is the “One” guiding me.
Boy: What is your prayer to God?
Charice: My prayer is that people will accept me, that my family accept me.
Boy: Charice, from all of these, what is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
Charice: To Mommy and Carl… I wish I were more open, more honest because the most important (thing) in the relationship between parents and their kids is to be open to one another, whatever the reaction of the other will be. To all young people my age, people undergoing the same thing – be true to yourself. We know in ourselves who we are. Life is too short to play games. Just be free.
Boy: Again, for your fans.
Charice: Chasters, this is it! New chapter. Welcome, welcome to my crazy life. Enjoy the ride.
Boy: If there is a song that will capture what you want say to the world, what is that song? Sing me that song!
Charice: (Sings “F***ing Perfect” by PINK)
Boy: What was that favorite song you used to sing in most of the contests that you used to join? The one you and your Mom chose?
Charice: I might cry again.
Boy: I would love to hear you sing that song now that you’re free!
Charice: (sings Maghintay ka Lamang)
Boy: I love you Charice and thank you.
Translations: Mingfan, Bbelj, Mooffin
“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.” – William W. Purkey
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