On Friday night (Jan. 4), fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race bid adieu to one of the most beloved queens in the show’s decade-long history, as Latrice Royale was eliminated on All Stars 4. The season marked Latrice’s third on the show: she competed in both season four and the original season of All Stars.
After four episodes, the drag legend found herself in the bottom two alongside Monet X Change. And while her NYC competitor was chosen to say, Latrice says there’s no bad blood; in fact, she’s rooting for Monet.
“I was a fan of Monet before she even got on the show — I’ve been watching that one for a while and loving her,” Latrice tells Billboard. “So I’m team Monet, 100 percent. You can quote me on that.”
Below, Billboard catches up with Latrice to discuss what’s changed since her first time on Drag Race, her management company, and whether we’ll see her compete on a future season (“absolutely not”).
This was the third time you’ve been eliminated from Drag Race. Does it get easier?
Oh, rub it in. You’re counting now? You’re keeping count. [Laughs] No. No, it doesn’t. It just sucks every single time. It sucks. It does.
As a queen from an older season, has the fandom kind of changed since you’ve been on the show?
Oh my god, absolutely. The demographic has gotten so broad and so young. It’s out of control. Now there’s some ruthless, die-hard fans that will cut you. You know what I’m saying? They are serious about their queens, so it’s a lot. It’s gotten way out of control. That’s part of the reason why I wanted to come back, you know what I mean? Just to reacquaint myself with this younger generation.
If you got invited to another season of All Stars, would you do it?
Oh, absolutely not. There is no more blood in the turnip. We can’t squeeze that no more. No juice left. She done rolled this dog as far as she can go, hon. That’s it, that’s a wrap. I’ll come back and play every now and then. I want to come play and be a special guest.
Which of the remaining competitors are you rooting for?
I’m team Monet. 100 percent. I told her that. I ain’t no bones about it, too. And you know Manila is my heart. So I have to make sure I go on record and let you know that Manila is my heart. That goes without saying. Like that’s just common knowledge. But I need to say it for people who don’t have that. [Laughs] But I am team Monet.
Since the show filmed, you got married. Your wedding was the same weekend as Drag Con, and a lot of queens skipped that for you, right?
They sure did. And a lot more wished they would have. [Laughs] Not because of Drag Con, but because they really missed an amazing wedding. It was a dream and it was really beautiful. My husband did a great job planning it all — I wasn’t there to help because I was shooting All Stars. So I left a lot of it in his capable hands. His mom helped, too. So it was great, it was like a dream come true.
I also wanted to ask you about your management business.
We have LRI Talent and Management and we do have some queens on the roster. That’s actually what prevented me from going on season three of All Stars, as I have three girls on my roster that were on the show. I didn’t want to have a conflict of interest, so I didn’t do it. A little known fact.
What compelled you to start this management company?
I didn’t trust anybody. I was hearing horror stories. So I pulled together a team of people that I trusted at the time. And then, of course, we evolved even more because, you know, you find out the people you can’t trust. That’s what really motivated me. I just wanted the girls to have a safe haven and know that somebody who was in the business got it, and understood what we needed. You know what I mean?
I’m curious: if they brought back another queen from the first season of All Stars, who would you like to see on All Stars 5?
Jujubee and Raven. I would love to see them back. But for Raven, how she’s going to do that and [do Ru’s makeup]. That ain’t going to happen. I’d love to see Jujubee.
Before we go, what are your plans for 2019?
Well, we’re going to try to keep up with ourselves this year, because it is already beyond cray-cray. I’m really trying to continue my journey into more theater and more scripted television, the big screen. I have several things cooking that we’re just in the very beginning stages of, but I’ve definitely got some irons in the fire. So I’m excited to see how it all turns out.