Jake Zyrus – Before
If you’re scratching your head and wondering who, exactly, Jake Zyrus is, you’re probably not alone. It wouldn’t be surprising, since the name’s only been in use for the last six months. Before that, he was known as Charice Pempengco, a superstar singer who Oprah once called “the most talented girl in the world”. Ring any bells? Well, things have changed. Now, he’s the most talented boy in the world.His story is one of those inspirational tales you can hardly believe. It started in 1999, in the Philippines, when the 7-year-old wunderkind started singing in competitions to help support his single mother. From there he went to Little Star Big Star (the Filipino version of American Idol), came third, and quickly faded from the public eye. But one extremely devoted fan brought him back…
Jake Zyrus – After
This supporter started posting videos of Jake (then singing as Charice) online, and within weeks the internet basically exploded. He and his angelic voice was in demand everywhere, from Ellen to Oprah, to the Academy Awards after parties, to the biggest coup of all – a starring role in the second season of Glee. All in the space of about three years. It makes your head spin, doesn’t it?We can’t comment too much on Jake’s life after gender reassignment, mostly because it wasn’t that long ago. Jake debuted his new body and name in June of this year, after a long four years where he had suffered unwarranted backlash over his boyish new look and coming out as a lesbian. We can’t wait to see what Jake Zyrus does next.