Watch: 'Glee' Star Charice Talks Gender Identity With Oprah: 'My Soul Is Male' [Video] |

Watch: ‘Glee’ Star Charice Talks Gender Identity With Oprah: ‘My Soul Is Male’ [Video]


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Do you remember Charice?

If you do, you remember as the bubbly Filipina singing sensation whose voice earned her a role on popular TV show Glee.


Since then, the 22-year-old singer/actress has made major strides in both her professional and personal life.

On the latest episode of Oprah’s “Where Are They Now?” Charice tells Oprah that she’s known since her childhood that she was gay.

“I knew when I was 5,” she tells Oprah. “I was in grade school and I saw this girl, and I felt different. I didn’t know what it was, but I just knew… it felt special. And when I was 10, I was like ‘Oh, that’s it, I’m gay.’ I found the word for who I really am.”

She also opened up about her process in coming to terms with her gender identity.

“Did you struggle with transgender?” Oprah asks. “Were you thinking about like transitioning to become a male?”

“Not exactly transitioning to, like, a male-male,” Charice answers. “Basically, my soul is male, but I’m not going to go through that stage where I’m going to change everything.”

Though she says she has no interest in changing her body, Charice has made significant changes to her personal style.

“I would change this,” she says, gesturing toward her outfit. “[I’ll] cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all.”

Watch Charice open up about her gender identity below.

Charice’s full interview, where she also talks about her fears about coming out and her father’s 2013 murder, airs this Sunday, Oct. 19, at 9 p.m. ET on OWN.

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