Drag Race UK star Anubis, the first contestant to be eliminated from Season 3, has criticised how the show was edited and claimed it ‘hindered’ her career.
Chatting to hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on the showbiz gossip programme Access All Areas, the drag queen admitted she wasn’t happy with how she was portrayed on screen: “It just didn’t reflect my experience. I remember sitting there for hours having fun jokes, and one liners and having those little moments and nothing was used…I think they definitely could have included some more of me being me.”
The reality star called the experience a “double-edged sword.” And said “I’ve gained a lot of my fan base from people that have watched Drag Race, so I think in that way it’s a good thing to have under my belt, the fact that I can use that platform, but then also do my own thing where I show people my comedy, the cabaret or the burlesque that I do. So, I do think it is probably a positive as well. I just wish that maybe I got a bit more of a chance to showcase those skills on television.”
She continued: “I don’t regret it. And I would go back again. But I do think that it has, in a way hindered me because a lot of people do see me as Anubis from episode one and nine and ten. And they just see me as that kind of young Brighton camp Queen who can’t really do much, you know.”
A year on, Anubis admitted she was still struggling with her mental health saying, “It has been a struggle, I won’t lie.” She explained: “A lot of people think that when you go on Drag Race it’s riches and fame. It’s high profile, and you’re a celebrity now, and although that world is also prevalent, there is also the underlying thing of you get death threats every day. You get loads of people judging you for what you wear, if you put on weight or if you lose weight. Everyone has an opinion on absolutely everything you have in your life.”
Anubis also revealed that she felt naïve: “I don’t think I was prepared for that to happen when I went onto the show, which is my own fault.”
The 20-year-old is now starting to move away from drag saying she wants to “carve out more of an artistic path” in terms of a music career and it “probably wasn’t the right time” for her to do Drag Race UK.
Later in the interview, she teased a huge music collaboration coming at the end of September saying that “no other Drag Race girl across any franchise has ever collaborated with someone this successful in the music industry.”
Listen to the full episode of Access All Areas, also featuring Ray Quinn here.