Filipina singer Clarice Pempengco has publicly acknowledged that she is a lesbian.

When Boy Abunda, host of The Buzz, asked Pempengco during an interview if she were a lesbian, she answered: “Yes, I am.”

“I have deep gratitude for the Filipinos because they are the ones who know who I really am,” she said. “I don't know what the problem is because for me, there is no problem with that. So now I ask for forgiveness from those who don't understand. And those who cannot accept. I apologize, I understand you.”

“To those who could accept, and could accept me, thank you very, very much.” she added. “I just want to say to all of you that I feel very light – that I can leave the house knowing I am not hiding anything. … I love myself, that's why I'm able to do this.”

Pempengco, 21, played Sunshine Corazon during the second season of the Fox musical-comedy Glee.

Glee co-star Matthew Morrison congratulated Pempengco.

“Good for her,” Morrison told NewNowNext. “She's someone who was always very grounded and I always felt like she knew who she was.”