Transgender Former 'Glee' Star Reveals Changed Name on Twitter - NBC4 Washington

Transgender Former 'Glee' Star Reveals Changed Name on Twitter

The singer will now go by Jake Zyrus



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    In this file photo, singer Charice Pempengco, who now identifies as Jake Zyrus, performs during the Pinoy Relief Benefit concert at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2014 in New York City.

    Former "Glee" guest star Charice Pempengco announced on Twitter that he will now go by the name Jake Zyrus.

    Zyrus, who gained fame for his portrayal of Sunshine Corazon on "Glee”, had openly contemplated his gender identity in the past. During a 2014 "Where Are They Now" special, he told Oprah Winfrey "My soul is male," but also noted, "I’m not going to go through that stage where I change everything. I’ll cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all."

    Zyrus appears to have fully embraced the decision, thanking supporters on social media for their support.