The coming out of Jake Zyrus, formerly Charice, may seem taboo to others, including his own family, but he continues to stand with pride and understanding for those around him.
“My grandma and my mom, may mga beliefs sila na hindi ko pwedeng i-disrespect. Malaman man ng mga tao na hindi kami okay ngayon, magiging okay din po kami,” he said in a recent interview with “Rated K”.
Though he may not be able to talk to his mom Raquel Pempengco personally, he shared that she communicates with him through his aunt.
“My auntie minsan me-message niya ako, ‘O ito, may message ‘yung mom mo.’ Sabi ko, ‘bakit ayaw niya akong i-text nang diretso?’ Ang gagawin ko since doon siya komportable, ‘O sige, sabihin mo na lang ganito.’ In a way, parang nakakapag-send po kami ng messages sa isa’t isa,” said Jake Zyrus.
He believes that things with his grandmother Thess Pineda will get better in time. “’Yung lola ko po hindi ko pa po nakakausap but it takes time.”
While he’s aware of the hate surrounding his coming out, Jake knows there are still people who support him through this journey, like his godmother Oprah Winfrey.
The talented singer revealed, “Nag-usap po kami noong ginuest po niya ako sa show niya two to three years ago. Tinanong niya sa akin what I’m up to...”
“What was I up to? Doon pa lang po sinabi ko na sa kanya na trans na ako,” he added. “Sinabi po niya sa akin, ‘You know, I’m so proud of you.’”