RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has revealed that she’s started a new job helping to administer Covid vaccines.
On Thursday evening, Cherry, 26, became the second queen in Drag Race UK series two to be eliminated, having performed an emotional lip sync for her life against Tayce in front of judges RuPaul, Alan Carr, Michelle Visage and Sheridan Smith.
Although she connected with West End star Sheridan over her pregnancy gender reveal look, in the end RuPaul decided it wasn’t enough to keep her in the competition, with the performer being told to sashay away.
Before the new series launched, Cherry – who is a qualified mental health nurse – spoke to Metro.co.uk about her aspiration to give out doses of the coronavirus vaccine in the hope that she could help do her bit to speed up the process.
Now that her time on the programme is over, the drag queen, from Darlington, is doing just that.
‘I’ve just started a new job at one of the vaccination centres near me, trying to speed that up a bit, an extra pair of hands and all that,’ she told Metro.co.uk and other press. ‘I just want to get back to some form of normality.’
While she may not currently be able to put on live drag performances, Cherry is still holding out hope that she’ll be able to achieve plenty of aspirations for the year ahead – depending on the pandemic, of course.
‘This year, I’ve got loads of plans, obviously Covid-dependent,’ she said.
‘I want to take drag to places that it’s never been before. I want to go to schools, universities, do talks and I want to do more TV, work with brands, travel the world and just really meet people and get to hear people’s stories from all around the world.
‘Because that’s one of the main reasons I joined Drag Race – to share my story and also open that door to be able to meet people.’
Before Drag Race UK season two began on BBC Three, Cherry shared on Twitter that she had received several insulting messages from people telling her she should feel ‘ashamed’ for pursuing drag and ‘not working as a nurse’ in the current climate.
As Cherry explained in follow-up tweets, she actually had been working as a nurse throughout 2020, but just hadn’t felt the need to broadcast it.
‘I did receive a couple of DMs from people stating things like, “I can’t believe you’re doing drag when you’re a nurse and people are dying, why are you not doing it?”’ she said.
‘Let other people live their life and don’t just always assume what people are doing or assume the worst for people. Just keep an open mind because you don’t actually know everyone’s story.’
Drag Race UK returns next Thursday at 7pm on BBC Three.
Credit: Original article published here.