Singer Charice has a new look, and here's why

Story highlights

  • "Glee" co-star Charice came out as a lesbian in 2013
  • She's shared photos of her new look, including short hair and tattoos

(CNN)Singer Charice broke into the music industry as a Filipina girly-girl who impressed Oprah so much that the queen of all media linked her with superstar Celine Dion for an amazing Madison Square Garden performance.

These days, the performer -- who also appeared on "Glee" -- is sporting a very different look and says she is now her authentic self.
Charice, who was born Charmaine Pempengco, came out as a lesbian in 2013 and has recently been sharing social media photos of herself with a more masculine look. Gone are the shoulder-length hair and dresses; she is now sporting a shorter haircut and tattoos.

    #ootn for A&A the other night. Good night, Chasters! #latepost ~TeamCharice

    A photo posted by Charice (@supercharice) on

    Ready to perform. #UNILAB

    A photo posted by Charice (@supercharice) on

    Charice's OOTD for ASAP20. #ootd #zara

    A photo posted by Charice (@supercharice) on

    "Basically, my soul is like male," the 22-year-old told Winfrey in 2014 in an interview on OWN's "Oprah: Where Are They Now." "But I'm not going to go through that stage where I change everything."
    Two months ago, the singer posted a note on Instagram that spoke of her struggle to be herself and let fans know "This is the person you will see every day 'till we all die."

    and I thank God for giving me strength and patience everyday! I love you guys. Peace and Love all damn day!

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    Fans praised Charice for her actions, including singer Josh Groban, who tweeted his support.