Raquel Pempengco, the mother of Charice can never accept Alyssa Quijano. Alyssa is the current girlfriend of Charice. She is also a member of A.K.A. Jam, an all-female group formed from contestants of the Abs-Cbn singing reality competition, The X Factor Philippines, where Charice was one of the judges. She and Charice have known each other since childhood because both of them used to compete with each other in amateur singing contests.
In her interview with Rated K host Korina Sanchez, Charice's mom frankly said she is against the relationship. She said she has her personal reasons but refuses to reveal what those reasons are.
Raquel has known that her daughter is a lesbian since the time Charice guested on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She said if there was someone who would first know about what's happening with Charice, it is her. She is hurt by press releases where she is being misjudged that she cannot accept her daughter for who she is, because she has long accepted that Charice is a lesbian. She has kept it from the public for many years because she did not want to ruin Charice. She also tried to stop Charice from revealing her sexual preference for the sake of her career.
|Alyssa Quijano with Charice (left); Charice & Mom Raquel during happier times (right)|
Photo courtesy of Bandila, TheAbsCbnNews (screengrab)
When Korina asked if deals won't push through because of the revelation, Raquel believes that this is possible and some (producers) might even back out.
Korina was shocked when Raquel revealed that she, herself was a lesbian. She understands Charice well because she had experienced it and had gone through that phase in her life. She was able to overcome it because her mother matched her with Charice's dad, she obeyed, and changed her ways.
She is also hurt when Charice says in her interviews that she had done her part in providing for their family, now it's her turn to be happy. She further regrets that her children never asked her if she is happy with her life.
The following video is Bandila's report showing a part of Korina's interview on Rated K:
Video courtesy of TheAbsCbnNews, Youtube
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