'Glee' star Charice Pempengco is now Jake Zyrus

Posted June 22

Four years after coming out, Charice Pempengco has changed her name to Jake Zyrus.

The singer and former "Glee" star changed his name on his social media accounts over the weekend and deleted his prior photos on Instagram.

Zyrus, who grew up poor in the Philippines, shot to fame after Oprah Winfrey and music mogul David Foster took notice of her.

Winfrey invited the then tiny teen with the huge voice onto her show and linked the singer up with idol Celine Dion.

A performance in which Dion invited Pempengco to Madison Square Garden to duet "My Heart Will Go On" went viral. The newfound fame led to a recording career and a guest starring role on "Glee."

Zyrus came out as a lesbian in 2013.

The following year the performer talked to Oprah Winfrey about ditching the girly-girl look and long hair fans had come to know.

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"Basically, my soul is like male," the singer told Winfrey. "But I'm not going to go through that stage where I change everything."

Zyrus received support online from some fans who embraced the change.

The first Zyrus posted to his new Instagram account was a picture that read "Thank you."

"From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the love and respect," the caption read. "I love you back and I'm sending peace to everyone."


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