Teen singer [artist id="3091593"]Charice Pempengco[/artist] is set to make her debut on the upcoming season of "Glee," and according to some reports, the star is going to great lengths for a fresh-faced look.
The Associated Press reports that the singer revealed in a TV interview that she received Botox injections and an anti-aging procedure "to look fresh on camera." Cosmetic surgeon Vicki Belo told ABS-CBN television that the Botox was supposed to narrow out her "naturally round face" and divulged that she also received a Thermage skin-tightening procedure.
According to the AP, the Filipino singer explored cosmetic options because of the intense pressure surrounding her "Glee" debut. "All people will be anticipating how will Charice look? Is she good enough to pit against [Lea Michele's 'Glee' character] Rachel Berry? So of course there is tremendous pressure," the singer said.
However, a rep for the 18-year-old star denies that Charice went to such great lengths for her "Glee" debut. The singer's spokesperson told Us Weekly that the Botox was not for cosmetic use but rather "to relieve a jaw problem similar to TMJ." The star's rep maintained: "It did not hurt; it relieved the pain."
"You've seen her face — she doesn't have a wrinkle in it, so she wouldn't need it for cosmetic purposes," the rep continued, adding that the teen singer had already won over the show's producers with her look. "The 'Glee' people are thrilled with the way she looks, which is why she got the part." Charice's rep conceded that the star did go back to her original hair color but said "other than that, she's not changing anything about the way she looks."
Charice got her start belting out songs at local competitions and shot to fame after scoring co-signs from talk-show queens Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres. The singer will star as an exchange student on the hit musical show.
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