RuPaul Shares Tips for Tuning Out Haters: ‘To Hell’ With Them

RuPaul is the undisputed queen of self-confidence — and he shares his suggestions for studying how you can love your self within the new situation of Us Weekly.

“At any time when I’m going on stage I say to myself, ‘Ru, you’re going into Mama’s front room,’” the RuPaul’s Drag Race host, 62, completely tells Us. “I used to carry out for my mother and that’s what helps me overcome nerves about something, together with what folks could have stated about me. What different folks say about me is none of my enterprise!”

The Emmy winner is arguably probably the most well-known drag queen on the planet now, however that wasn’t at all times the case. The Guru creator bought his begin as a go-go dancer within the Nineties, acting at New York Metropolis venues just like the Pyramid Membership.

“It was a spot the place all of the weirdos might get collectively and be impressed,” the California native — whose full title is RuPaul Charles — recalled whereas talking to Us on the 2018 TIME 100 Gala. “I’d sleep at Chelsea Piers as a result of I didn’t have a steady house and saved all my belongings within the basement on the Pyramid.”

Since these early days, the AJ and Queen alum has develop into a grasp of studying how you can push by way of the powerful occasions.

“Life is hard, there’s no method round that, however you may arm your self with data,” RuPaul informed Us when requested what recommendation he’d give his youthful self. “And to hell with what anybody thinks — you must do issues since you wish to and never depend on anybody else for validation.”

RuPaul Shares Advice for Tuning Out the Haters

Since RuPaul’s Drag Race premiered in 2009, the present has spawned a number of spinoffs, together with RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars and RuPaul’s Secret Superstar Drag Race, plus quite a few worldwide editions in Belgium, Thailand, Sweden, Spain, Canada, the UK and extra.

Whereas some observers could also be stunned by Drag Race‘s world dominance, Ru isn’t — neither is he shocked by his personal success. “I at all times noticed myself as a star and I at all times imagined myself having my very own present,” he informed Us, including that he’s “so completely satisfied” the collection is such a phenomenon.

“Drag has advanced rather a lot within the final 10 to twenty years,” the media mogul defined. “Drag is rather more accessible, which is an attractive factor. Keep in mind, we’re all born bare — and the remaining is drag.”

For extra with RuPaul, watch the video above and decide up the brand new situation of Us Weekly, on stands now.