RuPaul is probably now one of the most famous drag queens in the world, all thanks to the show RuPaul’s Drag Race.
RuPaul Andre Charles‘ rise to fame has taken several decades and although the entertainer had an early brush with fame in the 90s, where he appeared in numerous films, had his own talk show and released his debut single and album, it wasn’t until RuPaul’s Drag Race that Ru’s star truly rose to astronomical levels of fame.
RuPaul, is a drag queen, which means (although not always) he is a biological male who wears women’s clothes for entertainment. RuPaul has often asserted that he only dresses as a woman when he’s getting paid.
So RuPaul is not a transgender or biological woman. RuPaul identifies as a man but has spoken about using both male and female pronouns. In Ru’s autobiography, the entertainer wrote, “You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.”
“You can call me he. You can call me she. You can call me Regis and Kathie Lee; I don’t care! Just as long as you call me.”
He has in the past caused controversy with the trans community and faced a backlash because of a statement in which he said that he “probably’ wouldn’t allow a contestant who had “really transitioned” to take part in Drag Race.
He later doubled down on his statement on Twitter by saying, “You can take performance enhancing drugs and still be an athlete, just not in the Olympics.”
The comment was met with a backlash. RuPaul later apologised on Twitter saying, “Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.
“In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we’ve ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change.”
Is RuPaul married?
Yes, RuPaul got married in 2017 to his longterm partner Georges LeBar. Until their marriage, the pair had been together for over 20 years. Georges is a rancher who has a 50-acre ranch estate in Wyoming and South Dakota. Speaking about how they met RuPaul said, “I met Georges on the dance floor at Limelight in New York City, the disco,”
“He was on the dance floor dancing like a manic. I had to go over and say, ‘What are you going through?’”
“And it’s also because he’s actually 6’7”, so he’s taller than I am — so of course I had to notice him.”