Inside RuPaul & Michelle Visage's Life Long Friendship Drag Race Judge Stars And BFFs

14 January 2021, 16:57

RuPaul and Michelle Visage have been friends for years
RuPaul and Michelle Visage have been friends for years. Picture: Getty Images

RuPaul and Michelle Visage have been friends for years, but how did the Drag Race stars meet?

RuPaul is back on UK screens with RuPaul's Drag Race UK 2021 after the success of the first ever series across the pond last year.

Once again he's brought with him for British adventure lifelong BFF and fellow drag race judge, Michelle Visage.

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The TV queens have worked together and been genuine friends for years, so we're taking a look back at their almost life-long bond.

Ru, 60, and Michelle, 52, have a friendship spanning over thirty years, which first blossomed all the way back in the clubs of New York in the 80s where they were part of the voguing movement that has become so well-known.

They have both had hugely successful careers, Ru as a drag queen, actor, singer, and general TV personality, and Michelle as a pop star as part of pop groups The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. and Seduction, but all the while staying great friends with one another.

Michelle Visage has always been by RuPaul's side on Drag Race
Michelle Visage has always been by RuPaul's side on Drag Race. Picture: BBC

When RuPaul's Drag Race's first-ever series aired in 2009 Michelle was right by his side on the judging panel and is still there ten years later.

She's known as the 'Simon Cowell' of the judging panel, known for her no-nonsense and often cutting critique, but always has the queens fighting for approval.

Michelle also starred on Strictly Come Dancing 2019, partnered with Giovanni Pernice, having wrapped filming for Drag Race UK, and RuPaul got stuck into British culture to support his TV partner.

Michelle Visage is always a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, no matter the location
Michelle Visage is always a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race, no matter the location. Picture: BBC

The showbiz pair also have their own podcast 'What's The Tee' where they discuss anything and everything in their usual hilarious and insightful way.

For those who hadn't seen Drag Race before, we're sure you would love the UK version – mostly to witness these two age-old besties interact because their friendship is sassy, hilarious and basically everything the show is!

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