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    Former "Glee" Actress Comes Out As A Lesbian

    "I'm proud of myself, I love myself. That is why I've done this."

    You probably recognize Charice Pempengco from her appearance as Sunshine Corazon on Glee:

    You know, the nerdy girl with the glasses and power-house voice:

    How could you forget this?

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    She also happens to be a Filipina pop superstar:

    And she is gay.

    This weekend the singer came out and confimed, "Yes, I am a lesbian."

    Charice met with Boy Abunda on the talk show The Buzz and admitted she identified as a lesbian:

    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. From the bottom of my heart, sorry. I understand.

    Speculation by tabloids in the Philippines had been building as Charice recently changed up her style to a more edgy and androgynous look.

    When asked why this was the moment to come out, Charice responded:

    Following her announcement the supportive tweets flooded in:

    Happy for Charice for coming out gay and proud. You are no less of a person and artist. Don't mind the bashers.

    bianca gonzalez

    @iamsuperbianca

    Happy for Charice for coming out gay and proud. You are no less of a person and artist. Don't mind the bashers.

    Very brave announcement today from @OfficialCharice - the LGBT community supports you. http://t.co/ndjAQDdyK4

    steven petrow

    @StevenPetrow

    Very brave announcement today from @OfficialCharice - the LGBT community supports you. http://t.co/ndjAQDdyK4

    Including Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino journalist Jose Antonio Vargas:

    Charice didn't really "come out." She is letting people in. #muchrespectandadmiration

    Jose Antonio Vargas

    @joseiswriting

    Charice didn't really "come out." She is letting people in. #muchrespectandadmiration

    And Lea Salonga, who voiced Princess Jasmine and Mulan:

    Dear @OfficialCharice have you any idea how many young people you inspired today? More power, blessings and love to you!!!

    Lea Salonga

    @MsLeaSalonga

    Dear @OfficialCharice have you any idea how many young people you inspired today? More power, blessings and love to you!!!

    She sent out a heart-felt thank you to all her fans for the support:

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    What's next for the newly out pop star?

    Watch a clip from the interview:

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    Watch more here.