Charice Pempengco, also known as Sunshine Corazon of "Glee," has changed his name to Jake Zyrus four years after he came out as lesbian in an emotional interview in his hometown. On Sunday, the 25-year-old artist has announced his new moniker by changing his social media username into his male name.

"My soul is male"

The "Pyramid" singer, whose real name is Charmaine Clarice Pempengco, was first discovered when he joined a singing competition where he came in second place.

He took a shot at stardom after international music icons saw his renditions of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going," "I Will Always Love You" and more. In 2007, the Filipino artist was invited to appear in a South Korean program, called "Star King," where he performed a duet of "A Whole New World" with Super Junior's Kyuhyun.

Zyrus had his U.S. debut in "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" where he wowed the audience with his impressive vocals.

His international career continued after receiving a surge of invitations from some of the most popular artists in the music scene.

Oprah Winfrey even branded him as "the most talented girl in the world" after he performed on her TV show. Zyrus is also the first Asian solo artist to make it to Top 10 of Billboard 200 albums chart for his self-titled release. After coming out, the Filipino singer told Oprah that he had thought of killing himself after going through a series of unfortunate events in his family -- his father was murdered, his relationship with his mom falling apart, and the pressure of coming out as gay.

"I just want to share my story"

According to Daily Mail, Zyrus admitted he knew about his sexuality as early as five years old. When asked about his transition, the singer said he will not change his body aside from changing his look and style. The YouTube sensation said he has prepared himself to lose everything he has established before he came out.

But contrary to what he expected, Zyrus has received an outpouring of support from his family, co-artists, fans, and from the LGBT community, for his courage to come out in the wake of his success.

The Los Angeles LGBT Center congratulated Zyrus for opening up himself, while the artist's fans trended "Jake Zyrus" on social media to show their love for their idol. Most of them are proud of his bravery to express what he truly feels, while others commended the singer for being an inspiration to those who can't speak for themselves.

In a separate post, the "Glee" alum expressed his gratitude for the positive response he is getting after announcing his male moniker. Congratulations, Jake!

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