What mom did when she learned Charice is gay

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Posted at Jun 09 2013 08:48 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2013 04:48 AM

Charice Pempengco and mom Raquel Pempengco

MANILA – An emotional Raquel Pempengco admitted that she once confronted her daughter Charice and that she hurt the singer.

In an exclusive interview with “The Buzz” aired on Sunday, the elder Pempengco said the incident happened in Los Angeles when Charice answered her back with a high tone when she asked her if she is a lesbian.

“Minsan nga nasaktan ko pa iyan kasi nung time na nakita ko sa laptop niya, sabi ko ‘Charice, tomboy ka ba?’ ‘Hindi po. Naniniwala na naman kayo kung kani-kanino kesa sa anak niyo.’ Sabi ko, ‘Hindi. Kasi nababasa ko eh.’ Sabi niya ‘Bakit kayo naniniwala na tomboy ako?’ Sumagot siya ng ganun. Nasabunutan ko siya noon. 'Yung reaction na hindi mo ine-expect na sasagutin ka ng anak mo,” she said.

Pempengco said Charice was 19 or 20 years old when she first knew that she is gay. At that time, Pempengco said her daughter was in a relationship with her former manager Courtney Blooding.

“Nung natuklasan ko ng kusa, doon siya umamin. Ang katwiran niya, ‘May ipinagmamalaki na ako ngagayon eh. Bakit ba? Nakita niyo naman sa Facebook na ito ako, kami na ni Courtney,’” she said.

“Nag-email siya. Natatakot daw siyang sabihin ng harapan kaya sa e-mail sinasabi niya na ‘Ito ako, kami na ni Courtney, tanggapin na lang kasi wala na. Ito na ako,’” she added.

Pempengco also denied reports that her daughter married Blooding in Las Vegas.

“Wala akong proof dun eh. Haka-haka lang 'yun pero wala akong proof,” she said.

Upon accepting that her daughter is a lesbian, Pempengco said she had also requested Charice not to openly admit her sexual preference to protect her career.

“After niyang sinabi iyon, sabi ko anak itago mo muna. Huwag mo muna sabihin sa iba kasi may iniingatan kang career. Okay naman maging lesbian siya pero sana 'yung pag-uugali niya, 'yung kinalakihan niyang pagmamahal sa pamilya niya, sana hindi niya tinanggal,” she said.

According to Pempengco, what hurt her most is that Charice seems to be putting other people before her own family.

“Dati kami ang nagtatanggol sa isa’t isa. Ngayon, ako mag-isa kaharap ko 'yung anak ko. Isa lang naman ang sinasabi ko eh. I-prioritize pa rin ang pamilya kahit gusto niyang gawin ang kasiyahan na sinasabi niya. Kasi masakit 'yung sinasabi niya na nakakita na siya ng ikalawang pamilya,” she said.

Pempengco also reiterated that she will never accept Alyssa Quijano, Charice’s current girlfriend.

“Kalimutan niya na akong ina pero hindi ko matatanggap si Alyssa,” she said.

For his part, Charice’s brother Carl only has one thing to tell his sister.

“Tanggap naman namin na ganun siya. Ang gusto lang naman naming mangyari sa kanya is gawin niya 'yung tama. I-secure niya 'yung future niya,” he said.