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Philippine pop star Charice ("Glee") comes out as lesbian

MANILA -- Philippine pop star Charice has announced she is a lesbian, ending weeks of speculation in the local press following a drastic image change where she ditched her teen starlet look and adopted a more edgy style.

The 21-year-old star, who initially found fame through YouTube and gained international recognition through appearances on the American show Glee, disclosed her sexual orientation to "The Buzz," a local showbiz talk show.

"Yes, I am a tomboy," Charice said Sunday, when asked if she was gay.

"Now, I feel free. I can go out of the house without fear and be certain that I'm not stepping on anybody's toes."

"To those who can accept me, thank you very much," she said tearfully.

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