RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’s A’Whora suffered trolling so severe that she regretted signing up to the show.
The drag queen and United Kingdoll was crowned the winner of this week’s challenge after creating a stunning super-shero outfit out of plastic to celebrate the NHS – with fans cheering her on as she did so.
However, it was a complete turnaround from week one, when her acid tongue found her on the wrong side of trolls from the outset – even getting death threats at its worst.
Having a ‘breakthrough moment’ in week four by showing vulnerability, A’Whora now looks like she’s on a winning streak – but speaking exclusively to Metro.co.uk, the performer said she resents having to break down on camera for people to realise she’s human.
The queen explained: ‘Definitely the first three episodes were a horrific experience. I remember calling World Of Wonder and saying to them “I regret ever doing this show because this is horrible”.
‘It is really really harsh sometimes, it’s intense and it’s overwhelming, honestly. It can be a great overwhelming but sometimes you don’t want it.
‘It just wasn’t worth it, I felt like the show wasn’t worth the harassment I was having.’
‘But now obviously, it totally turned around when I showed my vulnerability, but the thing is I shouldn’t have to show vulnerability to have people like me,’ A’Whora continued.
‘People should just respect me as somebody on this platform doing what I’m doing.’
On top of that, the straight-talking star insists that she never fell out with the other queens, with the group all getting on from day one – but the edit didn’t work in her favour.
‘If they’d have edited the show correctly, you would’ve got to see ‘me’ in episode one,’ she said.
‘The show just knows what they want to do, and you just have to sometimes roll with the arc, that’s the thing.
‘From day one of walking onto that set I got along with everyone, never had a problem. But when you watch it from episode one, you’d think that I hate everyone and that I don’t talk to no one!’
Now, she’s so in with her queens that after the Ruruvision challenge, her and group United Kingdolls are chart-toppers with UK Hun? – peaking at number one on the iTunes chart and number four on the Big Top 40.
And alongside Tayce, Lawrence Chaney and Bimini Bon Boulash, the girls are ready to bring the party – and the Bing Bang Bong – to the UK.
On what she plans next, A’Whora said: ‘It literally follows me everywhere – like I’ll just be walking down the street and someone will yell “Bing Bang Bong!”
‘We’ve got a little EP coming out soon apparently and a little, a little tour. A few festivals – then world domination.’
UK, HUN? is available to download and stream now on all music streaming platforms, from World Of Wonder records. Download the track on iTunes here.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK airs Thursdays at 7pm on BBC iPlayer