Filipina pop star and Glee alum Charice Pempengco will address questions surrounding her gender and sexuality in Sunday’s Oprah: Where Are They Now.
Recently, rumors have suggested that the singer, who came out last year, might be transitioning to male. When Oprah questioned whether the reports were true, Charice clarified that she is “not exactly transitioning to a male-male. But basically, my soul is like a male. But I’m not going to go through that stage where I’m going to change everything.” Instead, Charice said she plans on simply keeping her hair short and wearing men’s clothing.
The singer, who appeared in Glee’s second season as foreign exchange student Sunshine Corazon and whom Oprah once dubbed “the most talented girl in the world,” also discussed being confused by her sexuality at very young age: “I knew when I was five. ‘Cause I was in grade school and I saw this girl and I felt different. I didn’t know what it was,” Charice explained. “And when I was 10, I was like, ‘Oh that’s it, I’m gay.’ I found the word.”
For more on Charice’s journey, watch Oprah: Where Are They Now on Sunday at 9/8c on OWN.
Normal people who go window shopping: WOW HELLA CLOTHES SUCH FASHION MUST BUY
Rachel Duncan window shopping: I’ll take the 12 x 4 ft with clear polished edges and do make certain that it has a laminate finish. There are certain individuals in my life who have no appreciation for fine glass and would prefer to shoot holes in it than respect it’s value.
“Dear future child
If it’s 3am and you find yourself in a world of complete despair
Please do not turn to strangers on the internet for solace as I did
Please climb onto my bed
And I will hold you until the demons sleep
If it is Thursday morning and you are too sad to move
I won’t force you
I will buy ice cream and we will watch your favourite tv show and I will remind you of your importance
If you feel as if you have no purpose
I will remind you that you were created entirely with love and every pain you feel, I feel too
When you’re sure you can’t go on anymore
I will tell you that when I was 21 I searched for peace at the bottom of a vodka bottle chased by a bottle of pain killers
But that five years later
When you were placed in my arms in the delivery room
I realised that you were why I had been holding on
Without realising it, you saved me, do you know how amazing that is?
So if you ever feel like grabbing that vodka bottle, put it down, we will get in the car and I will drive until the sky turns magenta
I will show you how the sun rises every morning to encourage you to rise too
Sweetheart I refuse to be unaware of your sufferings
As my mother was to mine.”—
Joyce Carol Oates has said, “I think most works of historical fiction are about the time that they are supposedly about, but they’re also about the time in which they were written.”
In many ways, 1898 is a year not dissimilar in character and context to our own 2014.
Both years are replete with issues of race, sex, class, gender and sexual normativity; obsessed with definition and classification; confused about what is right because it is right and what is “right” only because it is convention.
Beyond presenting the opportunity for parallelism, 1898 worked so well as a temporal setting for TKTD because it fulfilled so many of the story’s narrative needs.
I couldn’t have written Brittany and Santana as they appear in TKTD without their society and culture being what it was, situated on that strange limens between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
So much of the story itself is about liminality, after all.
Of course, the ultimate reason why I chose 1898 rather than 1897 or 1899 or 1900 was because it was the year in which the Spanish-American War took place, and the Spanish-American War plays a large role in the events of ACMCD and therefore also in the events of TKTD. In a roundabout way, the start of the Spanish-American War is the “springboard event” that eventually brings Santana to the circus.
Little kid: What’s the largest thing you can think of??
Little kid: Yeah, well how about infinity plus two??? haha!!!
Me: Infinity is not present on the number line, you uneducated shit. Infinity is but a concept and cannot be assigned a numerical value, and, thus, it cannot have something added to it to create a larger amount. Fucking educate yourself on basic mathematical ideas before you come at me with that shit.