entertainment

RPDR UK's Cherry Valentine on working as a nurse during the coronavirus pandemic

"I'd come off a crazy shift and slap my face on."

2021-01-12

Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: BBC/provided

RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine has discussed working as a nurse during the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking at a press conference today, the season two contestant described the situation as "madness", adding that drag has been a "lifeline" for her amidst the chaos.

Thank you for all your hard work, Cherry!

 "Absolute madness"

"I'd be lying if I said it was fun," the star said of 2020. "It was madness. Absolute madness.

"But I feel so privileged to be able to help, however which way I can."

Asked if drag has been a release during the last year, the star - who is a fully qualified mental health nurse - added: "Literally a lifeline. I think that goes for a lot of us.

"I'd come off a crazy shift and slap my face on [and think] 'pick that back up'. It's really helped."

Discussing her first impressions of RuPaul, Cherry added: "I was like, 'is it a hologram?' I had no idea. To be honest it [felt] like a lucid dream.

"RuPaul is just as Photoshopped and FaceTuned in real life! Smooth lines... no lines!"

RPDR UK SE2 launches on BBC iPlayer on Thursday 14 January 2020.

The Attitude 101 February issue featuring 101 LGBTQ trailblazers is out now.

Subscribe in print and get your first three issues for just £3, or digitally for just over £1 per issue.