The Filipino singer and Glee guest star formerly known as Charice Pempengco now goes by the new name, Jake Zyrus.
Zyrus, 25, debuted the new moniker on Twitter and Instagram Sunday — almost three years after revealing to Oprah Winfrey that “my soul is male.”
Since rising to international stardom in late 2007, the Tagaytay native became the first Asian solo singer in history to land in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart with the release of 2010’s Charice, which debuted at No. 8.
Since the episode of Winfrey’s Where Are They Now? aired in October 2014, Zyrus has kept a low-profile — until now.
Now she is under the name Jake Zyrus, Charice is gone.
Here are six things you need to know about Jake Zyrus:
1. A star’s beginning: The reality TV show circuit
Zyrus’ mom Raquel discovered her child’s singing abilities when her eldest sang a big-ballad rendition of “Happy Birthday” at age 4. “My mom would do anything for me and my brother Carl,” Zyrus told USA Todayin October 2010.
Three years later, at age 7, Zyrus started competing in local singing contests, entering nearly a hundred competitions before eventually earning a spot in 2005 on Little Big Star, a kid-oriented Filipino talent show loosely based on American Idol. “It was my idea. We didn’t have much money and I wanted to help,” Zyrus recalled.
A third place finish with a rendition of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” may not have been the ultimate goal, but the exposure caught the eyes of a fan, who uploaded the Little Big Star performance on YouTube. “It got like a million hits. That’s why I got discovered for a Korean talent show,” Zyrus explained to the New York Daily News in May 2010.
From an Asian Doll singing with a powerful voice to a young Asian man Jake, the transformation met with some comment from her fans.
Some fans are very disappointed at her transformation.
Kiwi said: I’m happy that Jake’s staying true to himself but I can’t help but feel heartbroken cos it feels like Charice died, never to be heard again 🙁
Mara Drews: Yep, Charice’s voice was beautiful. Jake can’t top that, he’s trying to sing like a man, it’s not the same. Charice had helluva takent. Like Whitney,Mariah…..