Rustom Padilla changes name to 'BB Gandanghari'

Posted at 01/17/2009 12:15 AM | Updated as of 01/17/2009 12:28 AM

Gay actor Rustom Padilla arrived in the country after three months of studying in the United States with a one big announcement – he is changing his name to “BB Gandanghari.”

“I’m a woman so call me BB. BB Gandanghari... BB as in Binibini… Rustom is dead, Rustom is not here,” Padilla said.

Padilla said his decision to change his name has nothing to do with his stage play “Gandanghari” where he portrays the role of a woman. 

Dressed like a supermodel, Padilla arrived at the Ninoy International Airport wearing red high heel boots, scarf and shades.  The actor flew to New York to study modeling in the US city.

Asked if he would now consider sex change, he replied: “No comment.” Padilla had once opposed the idea of him undergoing an operation to have a sex change.

His ex-wife, Carmina Villaroel, meanwhile said she and Padilla have both moved on with their lives.

"Kung ano man nangyayari sa buhay niya as long as he's happy, then go. Hi BB!" she told reporters.

Padilla refused to answer questions if he is currently in a relationship.

The actor said he hopes the public would accept his new way of life, noting that he is not doing it at the expense of other people.