Drag Race UK’s Krystal Versace revealed a “furious” argument she had with a fellow contestant on the show and how she didn’t feel ready for fame.
Chatting to hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on the showbiz gossip programme Access All Areas, the reality star spoke candidly about how she felt producers protected her on the show by editing out her fight: “I had an argument with someone on the show and it got completely cut out. I was absolutely fuming. It was with Scarlett Harlett, but I really love her. She left Untucked and stormed out because everyone picked her name on the runway. I ended up calling her out in Untucked and they cut me out of it.”
She continued: “I think they just wanted to keep me kind of in the good lane. Even though I didn’t say anything bad, it was very much what the whole room was thinking. Stuff like that gets cut out just because they want to put it how they see it.”
Later in the interview, the Drag Race winner opened up about the difficulties she encountered after winning the competition at such a young age: “There definitely came a bad side to winning. I was speaking to someone yesterday who said “I’m really ready to go on Drag Race.” I actually never felt ready. I never felt in my soul like I was ready to go on, it just happened and then I won. She said “well I’ve done all that, I’ve made my name, I’ve partied. I used to do whatever I want and get f***ed up, and now I’m prepared for people to look at me in the public eye.” I never felt ready for that.”
She continued: “It happened and it correctly happened but my life got quickly taken over. At that point in my life, when I was 19, I should have been wanting to move to London and go out and enjoy myself and get f***ed up and enjoy life. Whereas that quickly turned into: “you’re in the public eye, you just won a show, everyone’s eyes are on you. You’re expected to take everything seriously, there’s contracts being thrown at you and it was a lot at once.”
Krystal also revealed she never wanted to win the competition: “I didn’t actually want to win first of all, before I won. I think because of what happened with Lawrence [Chaney] the year before. Before doing the show, I really wanted to make the top four and I did that and I made the top three. So I thought “right I’ve done what I needed to do here. I’m happy with what I’ve done. I’m fine I don’t need another thing to add.” Then I won and I thought “I’ve got this now so I’m just going to make this work” and it’s been the most correct thing. I’m sorry but who else was going to win? It had to be me.”
She continued: “It’s been difficult because I’ve very much been in my own lane, it’s been a lot of me mapping stuff out. We’ve had loads of winners in the past but no one’s ever been this young. So it was a lot to grasp and figure out things on my own. But in the long run it’s made me very business-savvy, very much aware of my surroundings and it’s made me grow up very quickly. I just think in ten years, I’m going to be way ahead of some people. So it was a struggle at first and it was difficult to grasp but I’m ahead of the game because I’m the youngest one.”
Listen to the full episode here.