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RuPaul ‘feels bad sometimes’ for her fellow Drag Race judges

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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?”

 

RuPaul dedicates record-breaking Emmy win to the late Chi Chi DeVayne

RuPaul dedicates record-breaking Emmy win to the late Chi Chi

Chi Chi Devayne onstage during RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Finale Party in 2016. (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

RuPaul has smashed records with a fifth Emmy win, dedicating his victory to the late Drag Race queen Chi Chi DeVayne.

RuPaul’s record-breaking fifth consecutive win at the Emmys came yesterday in the Television Academy’s outstanding host for a reality or competition program category.

The drag superstar has won the category more times than anyone else in its 13-year history.

“On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder, and our incredible cast and crew, I want to thank the Academy for this great honour,” RuPaul said in a televised acceptance speech.

“I’ve always said, every time I bat my false eyelashes, I’m making a political statement. Well, tonight, the only political statement I want to make is this: Love.

“Love for our LGBT brothers and sisters, love for Black queens and brown queens, and love for the United States of America, where a little gay boy with nothing more than a pussycat wig and a dream can build an international platform that celebrates sweet, sensitive souls everywhere.”

In his acceptance speech, RuPaul went on to dedicate his achievement to the legendary queen Chi Chi DeVayne, who tragically died at just 34 years old after battling pneumonia.

Urging viewers to vote on November 3, he continued: “I’d like to dedicate this Emmy to one of my girls, Chi Chi DeVayne. May you rest in power and perfection.”

RuPaul’s heartfelt tribute to Chi Chi DeVayne.

Chi Chi DeVayne passed away on August 20, days after being hospitalised with pneumonia. She had lived with the chronic condition scleroderma.

Real name Zavion Davenport, the star competed on the eighth season of the show and on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.

On Twitter, RuPaul wrote that he was “heartbroken” to learn that Chi Chi DeVayne had died.

“I am so grateful that we got to experience her kind and beautiful soul,” he said. “She will be dearly missed, but never forgotten. May her generous and loving spirit shine down on us all.”

The Emmy Award-winning host of Drag Race added: “On behalf of VH1, World of Wonder and the cast and crew of RuPaul’s Drag Race, I extend my deepest sympathy — from our family to hers.”