MANILA, Philippines - Reacting to comments made by both her fans and critics, singer Charice explained why she took her sound down a different path.
|Charice performs on "KrisTV." File photo
On Friday's episode of the ABS-CBN morning talk show "Kris TV", Charice said she wants to avoid losing her voice, which she said may happen if she continues to be a "belter."
"Kasi sometimes siyempre 'yung sobrang birit, ayaw ko pong makarating sa time na mawala na yung boses ko," said the singer, who became a YouTube sensation for hitting high and low notes with ease.
"As a musician, mayroon po talaga akong gusto, yung partikular na genre para sa akin. Gusto ko lang yung R&B na parang smooth lang. Like yung kanina, even if I sing Tagalog songs, mas gusto ko na ma-feel ng tao kaysa sa marinig nila 'yung tinis ko," she added.
"Kris TV" host Kris Aquino, for her part, noted that Charice's preferences in music and fashion have changed because it is part of her "natural evolution in growing up."
Initially known for her long black locks, Charice now has blonde hair and tattoos.
In an interview on "The Buzz" last Sunday, Charice maintained that she is the same person that Filipinos used to know despite her new look.
“I think ‘yung pinakamasakit ‘yung dyina-judge ako ng mga tao na hindi naman ako kilala. Pati ‘yung mga tao na kilala na nga ako, dyina-judge pa ako. Kasi para po sa akin, parang ‘hoy, kilala niyo naman ako eh, hindi naman porket nagpalit ako ng buhok, ‘di naman porket may tattoo ako sa katawan ko eh iba na ako. ‘Di naman ganoon ‘yun,” she explained during the interview.
Charice held a successful concert in Hawaii last month.