Drag Race UK’s Cherry Valentine on the ‘fabulous’ Traveller women in her family who inspire her drag

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Drag Race UK queen and mental health nurse Cherry Valentine explains how she’s influenced by her Traveller heritage – and why she’s so keen to help with the UK’s vaccine rollout.

This article contains spoilers for episode two of Drag Race UK series two.

“When I was in college, I felt like I was living a double life.

“At home I would be one person and say I had a girlfriend – and then when I was around my friends I would become someone completely different.

“It sort of split my personality. When I grew up, I looked back and realised, ‘Oh, that’s not really healthy.'”

While the contestants of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK are getting ready to perform, they often chat about their personal lives. And in the latest episode of the reality programme, Darlington drag queen Cherry Valentine – the second contestant to leave the show – revealed something about herself that she doesn’t always discuss so freely: her Traveller family.

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