15Jake Zyrus

When a young girl by the name of Charice began uploading videos of herself singing on YouTube, the world immediately took notice. Charice not only wrote and performed videos of her own songs but also tackled covers of popular classics, breathing new life into them with her unique voice and

personality. When discussing Charice, Oprah Winfrey described her as “the most talented girl in the world”, which, as it turned out, was a half-truth.

In April of 2017, Charice adopted the name Jake Zyrus and came out as transgender, a brave but necessary move for him to be truly happy. Zyrus’ coming out came shortly after an operation to remove both of his breasts and coincided with him beginning hormone replacement therapy. When discussing Charice shortly after coming out, Zyrus explained: “I’m letting her go and be free”.

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