MANILA – BB Gandanghari has formally filed a petition before a court in California to change his name and gender.
On Instagram, Gandanghari shared a photo of the document which she filled out indicating her intention to change her name from Rustom Padilla to BB Gandanghari.
She also shared another page of the document where she checked the box corresponding to her choice to change her gender from male to female.
“CHANGE is coming... Big time!!!” she wrote in the caption, saying it is now just a matter of time before her change of name and gender finally becomes official.
Padilla came out of the closet during the celebrity edition of the ABS-CBN reality show “Pinoy Big Brother” in 2006.
In that memorable scene in the popular reality TV show, Padilla told fellow housemate Keanna Reeves that he is gay and then almost magically a butterfly landed on him while they were talking in the garden.
Padilla eventually decided to take the name BB Gandanghari and in an interview with “Tapatan ni Tunying” in July 2014, clarified that she is a transgender and not gay.
“When I came out, wala naman akong boyfriend. Wala naman akong karealsyon. So parang sabi ko, what makes me gay? Fast forward to three years after, hindi pala ako gay. Transgender pala ako,” she said at the time.