Jake Zyrus on going topless: ‘I have a right to do it like everybody else’
Jake Zyrus (formerly known as Charice Pempengco) believes it is well within his right as an individual to post whatever photo he feels confident about.
A few days ago, Zyrus uploaded a topless photo of himself on Instagram with the caption “Di pa game eh. Pero yung go pro atat. Kala mo tuloy naghahanap ng away. Hahaha! (I wasn’t game yet. But the GoPro got impatient. You’d think it was looking for trouble Hahaha! #anguibbeach ).”
The photo received some negative feedback from netizens, which he addressed in an interview on the talk show Hotspot with DJ JaiHo.
When asked about the bashers, Zyrus said, “Sakin hindi naman po big deal ksi una sa lahat nageenjoy po kami dun, summer, and I believe nung mga time na yun wala akong inisip. pinost ko yun dahil simply nageenjoy ako. ako yon and I have a right to do it like everybody else.”
(For me, it’s really not a big deal because we were enjoying ourselves. It’s summer and I believe at the time I wasn’t really thinking about anything. I posted it simply because I was enjoying myself. That’s me and I have a right to do it like everybody else.)
The singer said he understands why people reacted the way they did. “Medyo wild sa kanila to see a trans-man na naka-topless (It’s a little wild for them to see a trans-man go topless).”
Lastly, Zyrus said he simply wanted to remind everyone that we are all the same.
He added, “If you want to post a photo na alam mong confident ka, na alam mong proud ka, then why not (If you want to post a photo that you feel confident about, that you know you’re proud of, then why not)?”
On May 25 Zyrus will perform at the Skydome in SM North Edsa in Quezon City. The singer considers it in part a celebration of his birth month. He also offers the concert as a gift to his fans. /ra