RuPaul has admitted that she “feels bad sometimes” for her fellow Drag Race judges because her “natural chemistry” with Michelle Visage is so strong.

The drag icon and Visage first met in 1988 and have remained close friends ever since.

Speaking to Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall in an interview with Cosmopolitan, RuPaul said Visage is “a good egg” and “super smart”.

“Over the years she popped up in different situations and I thought, ‘My goodness, this is someone who I really need to get to know.’ I like her a lot. She makes me laugh.”

RuPaul continued: “I feel bad sometimes on the [Drag Race] panel because we cut up like girlfriends and I don’t want the others to feel left out but we have a natural chemistry together.

“It’s funny, with Michelle, after seeing her so many different places, I realised, ‘Wait a minute, we were supposed to be together.’ It’s like the universe saying, ‘Hey, I’m trying to tell you something.’”

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, RuPaul said she “loves” Drag Race because it allows men to “behave in ways that society would not let them”.

I feel bad sometimes on the [Drag Race] panel because we cut up like girlfriends and I don’t want the others to feel left out but we have a natural chemistry together.

“I feel so bad for men in our culture, because the rule book says that men after 13 are not supposed to show emotion. We live in a culture where men are really suffering.”

Michelle Visage has become an icon in her own right since joining RuPaul on Drag Race in 2011.

Visage has been a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race since the show’s third season, which aired in 2011. Her decision to join the show helped Drag Race to become the cultural behemoth it is today.

She went on to join RuPaul as a judge on Drag Race UK when its first season aired in 2019, and she has become an icon in her own right in the LGBT+ community.

In an interview with The Guardian in March, Visage opened up about her sexuality, revealing that while she has slept with both men and women, she doesn’t feel that she is bisexual.

“When I grew up, that wasn’t really a thing,” she said.

“It was just if I saw a pretty girl and I was attracted to her, why not?”