It's a sad day for fans of Jake Zyrus as they may not be seeing updates from the singer on his social media accounts for a while.
In a post on his Instagram account, Zyrus revealed that he will be veering away from using social media in the coming days, citing mental health as the main cause.
"I know I don't post a lot, but I just wanted to let you guys know that I'll be taking a break from social media for a few weeks to focus more on my mental health," the 31-year-old singer opened his message.
He then explained that the past few days "have been a rough ride" for him.
"A lot of people have tried to break me, so this is me fighting back, by healing. I know it's not gonna be easy, but I also know it will help me a lot," he wrote.
"If you're looking for a sign to also take a break because it's been a lot for you, this is it. Let's do it together," he added.
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Mental health is something that Zyrus cares very deeply about, having experienced struggles with his emotional well-being back when he was still transitioning from being Charice Pempengco.
“Probably a lot of people won’t believe me but I was five years old when I realized na I was really confused," he said in an interview with Toni Gonzaga. "It was there. It was always there—the struggle, 'yung pain of hiding yourself."
He went on to reveal that it came to a point where he tried to commit suicide not once, but thrice
"Towards my transition, before I came out, at the very end, I was like, talagang, 'No. No. No,' but at the same time, it came to the worst of the worst. You know, like my mental health, suicidal, all those things. I think I was 18, 19 at the time. Because nasa isip ko, 'pag nag-come out ako, it's over. And that's the thing, 'yung nasa isip ko at the time was other people. I didn't want to disappoint them," he said.
He has since been urging others to be kind to one another, especially to the LGBTQ+ community who are constantly plagued with discrimination and hate up to this day. He has also been striving to inspire fellow transgenders to be confident about their true selves.
Zyrus first came out as a lesbian in 2013 and then introduced himself as a trans man in 2017.