Celebrities praised Charice Pempengco for her courage in coming out as a lesbian over the weekend.
The 21-year old revealed her sexual identity in an interview on the TV show the Buzz on ABS CBN in the Philippines.
ABS CBN says the reaction to the announcement has been overall positive from both fans and celebrities.
Lea Salonga tweeted “have you any idea how many young people you inspired today? More power, blessings and love to you!!!”
Filipino American journalists and dreamer advocate Jose Antonio Vargas tweeted “Charice didn’t really come out. She is letting people in. Much respect and admiration.”
International entertainment blogger Perez Hilton wrote “You are opening doors and hearts and minds with your bravery and honesty! Leading by example! BIG HUG!! xo,”
Meanwhile Charice returned the love. In a video you can see on All Voices.
Charice had a message for her fans. “I just want to say, thank you, personally, to all my fans, to all the people who are still supporting me, who are still there for me. Honestly, I’m very, very happy. I can’t explain how happy I am right now, hearing all the positive things.”