Drag Race UK star breaks down Ellie Diamond fight and responds to trolls

David Opie
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RuPaul's Drag Race UK star Lawrence Chaney has opened up about her argument with Ellie Diamond, and how she "refuses to be a doormat" when it comes to mean-spirited online trolls.

Ahead of the series two finale tonight (Thursday, March 18), the queen suggested that she "probably" shouldn't have bickered with fellow contestant Ellie when she decided to place her after comedic competitor Bimini Bon Boulash during stand-up week – but that that doesn't give viewers the right to call her names on social media.

"Scrolling on my timeline: 'Lawrence Chaney is a fat c**t.' What's that got to do with an argument on television? I don't remember 'fat c**t' being related to anything I said on the show," Lawrence told Digital Spy and other press, recalling how she was forced to quit Twitter soon after BBC Three aired episode eight.

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"What you saw was not me assassinating Ellie Diamond's character; I was like, 'My pal will help me out, I'm sure.' And then I was like, 'Why?' You know, it was one of those things."

During the chat, the 24-year-old revealed that she and Ellie have squabbled about all sorts during their friendship, from wigs and cinema to Nando's orders, but "it was weird" to have other people sharing their opinion on their disagreements this time round.

"Folk were allowed to chime in," Lawrence continued. "I'm not going to stop folk having an opinion. I have an opinion about the show. I love watching the American one and going, 'Oh, she should have gone home, totally.'

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"But I refuse to [let] people @ me and send me abuse. You want to call me a bully? Fair enough. You don't need to @ me, and you don't need to call me a fat c**t either. I am a fat c**t, but it's got nothing to do with it, you know?"

"This is the double-edged sword with the Drag Race fandom. We love them, and they are amazing, because they care. There's 10 million other drag queens that are on TV, probably, and that no one's talking about.

"We are very insanely lucky to have people focusing and caring about what Lawrence Chaney from Helensburgh and Ellie Diamond from Broughty Ferry have to say, you know?

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"That is great. But the sad side of it is that, because they love so much, there's a yin and yang to everything. Where there is overly positive things, there are overly negative things. For every 'You saved my life, I love you' – you're going to have someone saying that they hope you die."

Lawrence, who will face off against Ellie, Bimini and Tayce this evening, concluded the interview by admitting that she doesn't think "there's any point trying to change" that side of the show's audience because people are "set in their ways." She also reckons it's a bigger task than most of us even realise, where viewers' whole perception of reality TV stars has to shift.

"There's not going to be any way," she said.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK series two concludes tonight (Thursday, March 18) at 7pm on BBC Three.

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