MANILA - Singer KZ Tandingan sees nothing wrong about comparisons with her "The X Factor Philippines" mentor Charice as long as it's about music and not about sexual preference.
Tandingan, who is sporting a new short hairdo these days, has been the target of speculations that she would also eventually come out as a lesbian -- just like Charice.
"Kapag ganon I get offended. Every time kapag sinasabi nilang ‘Uy, susunod kay Charice,’ I mean, sobrang offensive naman ‘yun para sa tao. I mean, kung ano man ‘yung sexual preference ni Ms. Charice, it has nothing to do with her side as a singer," Tandingan said at a press conference on Wednesdau for her concert "KZ 4 U" at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria on February 14.
"Just because of the hair, you judge people,” she commented.
Once and for all, Tandingan stressed that she's straight, although she also admitted that many people mistake her for a lesbian.
"Palagi ko talagang nakukuha ‘yun na ‘tomboy ka ba?' Actually hindi ba being a lesbian and being a tomboy are totally two different terms. It’s just that some people don’t know kung ano talaga ang ibig sabihin no'n. Kasi ako talaga mahilig ako magdamit ng panlalaki kasi mas comfortable ako doon. Hindi ako comfortable sa mga
heels, sa mga ganon. But I’m straight, super straight,” she said.
"Ako, as long as I know who the real me is, as long as my family knows who I really am at ‘yung mga taong talagang nagma-matter sa akin alam kung sino ako at naniniwala kung ano ako, ‘yun lang ‘yung importante sa akin,” she added.
Tandingan also clarified that she cut her hair short not because she's brokenhearted or in love.
"Siguro in love with my work na I wanted people to see the real me kaya ako nag-decide na magpagupit na 'hala parang iba,'" explained Tandingan, who said she is seeing someone.
Last year, she admitted dating a fellow singer from Cagayan de Oro.