Former RuPaul’s Drag Race UK star Ginny Lemon who famously quit the show after four weeks has revealed that they have regrets when it comes to the viral tweets, they posted last year slamming the BBC and the show.
Chatting to hosts Bobby Norris and Stephen Leng on the showbiz gossip programme Access All Areas, the reality star opened up about their mindset during that time revealing that they were “sat at home being p***d off and miserable” Ginny said “[I was] probably saying things I shouldn’t have said about the BBC or RuPaul.”
Reflecting on this time, the 33-year-old said: “I have regrets because I didn’t get as much work as some of the other girls because I was too honest blabbing my mouth. So, I suppose if I had just been a bit faker, and played the game a bit more, I’d be a lot more successful, but then I wouldn’t be true to myself.”
They went on to say: “If I’d have shut my mouth a bit more, maybe my bank balance would be a bit better.”
The drag queen also revealed to Bobby and Stephen how they felt that lockdown played a part in posting the tweets: “I wish I was in a better situation but because of lockdown and because of how it all went. I think that my anger was slightly misplaced. But also, I was just being honest about my experience.”
The singer spoke about the editing of the series saying: “I think they didn’t really do me dirty. I think I was just a bit of a miserable b**tch.”
One of the most memorable moments of Season 2 and of the show in general, was the moment when Ginny Lemon and fellow non-binary drag race star Bimini Bon-Boulash had a heart-to-heart discussion about what it is like to be non-binary. This discussion was credited with helping other non-binary people come out.
Looking back on that moment, Lemon stated: “It was the first time on British TV or TV in the world to my knowledge two non-binary people were talking to each other about what it’s like to be non-binary. The representation was kind of great for so many other people, I’m incredibly proud of that. It is probably one of the shining lights out of being on that [show].”
However, Ginny Lemon did reveal to the presenters that they felt they had become pigeonholed because of that conversation “I would like to have also just been known for having a great time and regardless of any labels, you know, like their f***ing fun and fabulous. I don’t like labels; I don’t like to be labelled. Yeah, I’m proud to be non-binary, but that’s it, then, isn’t it? People just know me as a non-binary drag queen.”
Also in the interview, the performer discussed their experience performing at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month saying “It was amazing. You know, I think it was one of the best things I’ve ever done.”
When asked by Stephen Leng how the incredible opportunity came about, Ginny said:
“I was contacted by the director and one of the producers, and they basically were kind of selling the idea to me, and I was like, okay, okay, but it wasn’t until they said, Oh, and you’ll be coming down on a giant lemon hot air balloon that I was like, okay, then now I’m in.”
They went on to say: “The most amazing thing about the Commonwealth Games is that all the volunteers throughout the West Midlands that gave up their time, so it wouldn’t have been possible [without] those really dedicated people of the Midlands who love it so much and are so proud of being from here. That’s why it was such a success.”
Listen to the full episode of Access All Areas, also featuring Rachel Lugo here.