Charice Pempengco, the former YouTube star and “Glee” actress, is now Jake Zyrus.
Three years ago, the 25-year-old singer revealed to Oprah Winfrey that “my soul is male.”
Zyrus made the name change public on Sunday, writing on Instagram, “From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the love and respect.”
On Monday, Zyrus tweeted for the first time using his new name.
Both posts marked a new start for Zyrus on social media, after deleting all his previous posts on the platforms.
Zyrus came to fame in 2007, with appearances on “Ellen” and Oprah Winfrey’s former show, and covers of famous ballads like “I Will Always Love You” and “My Heart Will Go On.”
At the time, Winfrey called Zyrus, who had not yet begun transitioning, “the most talented girl in the world.”
The Filipino artist became the first solo Asian to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2010 with “Clarice”, which landed at no. 8.
Zyrus joined the cast of “Glee” for the show’s second season, playing Sunshine Corazon, a foreign exchange student who joined New Directions and formed a rivalry with Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry. Zyrus was on the show for three episodes and sang several songs, including “Listen“,”Telephone” and “All By Myself“.
Zyrus came out as lesbian in 2013, and then in 2014 he appeared on Winfrey’s “Where Are They Now” to talk about his gender transition.
“I’m not going to go through that stage where I change everything,” Zyrus told Winfrey. “I’ll cut my hair and wear boy clothes and everything, but that’s all.”
Fans of the singer were quick to share their support on social media: