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Veronica Green says she shouldn't have returned for Drag Race UK series three

"In retrospect I shouldn't have accepted Ru's invitation."

2021-10-08

Words: Alastair James; pictures: Attitude and BBC

Veronica Green has said that "in retrospect" accepting an invitation to do the third season of RuPaul's Drag Race UK was a bad idea after struggling with the mental, physical and financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Lancashire drag queen, 36, had to drop out of Drag Race UK's second season after the pandemic paused filming of the series and she then contracted Covid-19. She was invited back by RuPaul for another go at the crown.

But posting on Twitter following Thursday night's episode, Green, who was eliminated following a lip-sync against Vanity Milan, revealed why she should have turned down season three. 

Veronica Green on RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 3 (Photo: BBC)

"I fell into uncontrollable debt and spiralled into depression"

In a series of screenshots of iPhone notes, Veronica explained the impact 2020 had on her. Describing the past 18 months as "the best and worst times of my life," she said she found it impossible to find work after filming for Drag Race UK S2 stopped halfway through. 

"Over the summer I fell into uncontrollable debt and spiralled into depression with no way to get myself out. How could I even begin to think about improving my runways when I was on the verge of bankruptcy & didn't even want to get out of bed."

Paying tribute to her fiancé Steve, who Veronica says supported her through "the darkest time" in her life she says: "I wasn't in a fit state to continue filming season 2 but not being able to return to the competition after catching Covid-19 sent me back into a really bad head space.

"2020 took everything from me but I didn't want to give up. Getting the invite for season 3 gave me hope."

But she admits season three was tough "mentally, physically and financially". She continues: "I had already spent every penny I had on my season 2 runways & I hadn't worked for a year, so pulling looks together was stressful & difficult, all the while being busy with the press launch and commitments for season 2.

"In retrospect I shouldn't have accepted Ru's invitation to season 3. At the time I was under so much pressure with season 2 just being announced was just thrust into a worldwide spotlight & wasn't prepared for season 3.

She says her mental health was "not in a good place," but this wasn't something she registered at the time. 

Signing off Veronica looks optimistically forwards, thanking her family, friends and fans for their support and teasing some projects that she'll be announcing "VERY soon". Finally, she adds, "Don't worry about me I'm a fighter that never gives up. No matter how many times I get knocked down I'll just keep getting back up again, bigger and better than before!"

Unsurprisingly, Veronica has been met with a wave of love and support. Her fellow Drag Race UK S3 sister, Choriza May said: "Te amo with al my heart V!," while others wished happiness and positivity on Veronica. 

Veronica has previously revealed she has received apologies from her season two sisters for underestimating her. She told Attitude: 

"People didn't know what I was capable of and what I could do. But I have had a couple of apologies. But, it's the show. It's a competition. I'm not a victim here. I was definitely being a wolf in sheep's clothing!"

She was also brought into some drama after her season two sister A'Whora was caught on camera saying: “I would kill Veronica Mean. Why? Because she’s shit. She’s annoying and she’s a little c*nt backstage," as part of a game of Snog, Marry, Kill.

Addressing those comments at the 2021 Virgin Atlantic Attitude Awards, powered by Jaguar A'Whora said the relationship was a "work in progress," adding, "We all say things we regret, we all say things when we're drunk on stage... But that's not an excuse."

The Attitude Awards issue is out now.

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