Rumor has it that international award-winning French-Canadian singer Celine Dion allegedly doesn’t want Filipino singer Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Charice Pempengco, for a duet for her upcoming two-night concert. The event is to be on July 19 and 20 later this year at the SM Mall Of Asia Arena in Pasay City.
Based on a scoop from Bombo Radyo, the management behind the 50-year-old international hit-maker revealed that they preferred the way Charice sang before she became Jake Zyrus.
It’s worth noting that this information has yet to be verified by Celine Dion and her management team.
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We can recall that Jake Zyrus had a double mastectomy and underwent hormonal transition using testosterone before fully embracing his gender identity and name last year.
Despite receiving harsh criticism, Jake Zyrus still managed to continue a steady trajectory on his singing career. In fact, he even held his first-ever concert aptly titled I Am Jake Zyrus just last year.
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Following Jake’s transition, Celine Dion looked back on her first-ever duet with Jake Zyrus, who was still Charice Pempengco at the time. She recalled the events that occurred at Madison Square Garden in New York City in 2008. According to GMA News Online, she said:
“My jaw is still dislocated because the whole arena was, and I remember, she dedicated her song to her mother. So I think, if I may now switch, I’m pretty sure that ‘he’ remembers dedicating the song to his mother and a big talent.”
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Moreover, the five-time Grammy Award and two-time Academy Award winner wished the best of luck to Jake Zyrus. The exclusive interview was held during her residency concert at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Nevada, USA.
“I just wished him the very, very best. I hope that acceptance is hard but we have to… we cannot start by judging because is there a final answer really?”
“If you feel a certain way, you feel that way. We can talk about it, but this is how you feel, and this is how I feel, but this is how Charice felt, and we have to respect that.”