Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, popularly known as Charice Pempengco or Charice, is a Filipino singer, who came to prominence through YouTube. In 2010, with the self-titled album Charice, she was the first Asian solo singer in history to enter Top 10 of the Billboard 200 albums chart. In March 2012, she held position as one of four the judges for the Philippine version of The X Factor.
Charice and her younger brother
Carlwas raised by the single mother Racquel. To support her family, Charice entered almost a hundred of singing contests. Her first and most notalble achievement is the 3rd position in the talent show Little Big Star 2005. Later on, in 2007, she gained worldwide recognition after a friend named FalseVoice started posting a series of her performance videos on YouTube. These videos received over 15 million hits, making her an internet sensation.
On June 2, 2013, Charice confirmed that she is a lesbian during an interview with
Boy Abundaat The Buzz in the Philippines.