RuPaul’s Drag Race is known for being one of the most drama-filled shows on TV, producing plenty of memorable on-screen fights, clap backs and quotes which have become cemented in pop culture forever.
Now, this year’s season of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under is giving the American series a run for its money and providing viewers with plenty of heated moments.
One particularly chaotic scene in episode two saw Minnie Cooper call out Pomara Fifth over an incident that happened over seven years ago in the real world, leaving the other contestants visibly uncomfortable at the awkward confrontation.
Chatting with Yahoo Lifestyle about the conflict following her elimination on Saturday, Pomara reveals that fans definitely didn’t get to see all of the action that happened during filming.
“If you thought it was intense watching it, that was the very downplayed, watered, half-cut version,” she says. “I will just say it was a lot more intense in person and what you saw were I guess the best parts, I think. It was all just a train wreck really.
“I thought it was going to come across a lot worse than what it was, [but] I think I was also glad that it didn't because I didn't want anyone to sort of start coming for Minnie. I’m not about that.
“As much as she was an a**hole, I’m not here to try and make anyone's life hard or bad. I don’t want anyone to come after anyone for anything, so I think that was good that it was sort of downplayed.”
‘She doesn't even follow me back on Instagram’
Pomara went on to add that she and Minnie actually had a good relationship prior to the ‘fight’, and she “didn't even think” about their previous drama before it was brought up on camera.
“She had never even shared that with me prior to going on Drag Race,” she continues. “Like, we’ve done bingos together, I’ve driven her home, we’ve worked together on other stuff and that was never brought up.
“So I was a bit confused as to why it had to be brought up then and there. I think she was just gunning for me the whole show. I think she just has never really enjoyed me, and my personality and her personality don't go together.”
Speaking about the current state of their relationship months after filming has ended, Pomara reveals it’s “exactly what you’d expect”.
“She hasn't said anything to me, she won't look at me, she doesn't even follow me back on Instagram,” she shares. “I mean, I’ve tried.”
‘Exciting and exhilarating and nerve-wracking’
Despite the drama, Pomara says she’s thrilled to have been part of the season and met so many incredible drag queens.
“We’re a very tight-knit group of girls. You know, all nine of us get along really well,” she laughs.
“We have a group chat and we speak every single day, there’s not a day that has gone by that we do not speak. I really cherish my relationship with the girls and they're my sisters. We've all been through the same thing together at the same time and I think that really builds a bond.”
She describes the experience as “one of a kind” and although she wishes her time on the show wasn’t “overshadowed by Minnie’s crap”, she walks away with no regrets.
“It was exciting and exhilarating and nerve-wracking and it was so many things all at once, and you're feeling all those things all at once in such a high-pressure situation,” she remarks.
“I had two goals going onto the show and that was to get on the show and to not go home first. Goals succeeded. Everything else I just sort of took in and did my thing and whatever happened happened.”
RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under airs only on Stan with new episodes dropping on Saturdays at 4pm.
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