Remember Charice, the adorable teenage singer from the Philippines who became a global star after an impressive international debut a decade ago on South Korea’s Star King?
The singing phenom, formerly known as Charice, could belt out Whitney Houston songs effortlessly as featured on the Ellen Show, Oprah and Glee. According to Rappler, the singer, who came out to the world as a lesbian back in 2013, revealed his new name on Sunday after he changed both his Twitter and Instagram handle to Jake Zyrus.
On Instagram, he also posted a photo of the words “Thank you” with a caption that read: “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the love and respect. I love you back and I’m sending peace to everyone.”
Fans were quick to express their support for the singer’s decision to change her name.
Zyrus confirmed the name change on Tuesday with a tweet thanking everyone for the support they gave him over the announcement.
“My first tweet as Jake. Overwhelmed. Saw all your love comments and I’m so happy. Finally. I love you, everyone and see you soon.”
As for the negative reactions, he only had this to say:
“I won’t let anyone ruin this moment. I won’t let anyone ruin my happiness. Thank you to all the beautiful write ups about me.”
After his appearance in Korea’s Star King in 2007, Zyrus gained internet celebrity status after videos of his amazing singing garnered more than 15 million views. He then appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2010 where he was dubbed by Oprah as “the most talented girl in the world.”