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RuPaul's Drag Race's Sharon Needles and Alaska Split

Sharon Needles and Alaska Split

Originally posted 12/18/2013 07:00PM

RuPaul's Drag Race winner Sharon Needles and her partner of four years, Alaska, have split.

Needles (real name Aaron Coady), who won season 4 of the show, and Alaska, who was a runner up the following season, announced their breakup "on good terms" in a tongue-in-cheek press release, and included their wish "to clarify their intentions to admirers who may question the reason behind this mutual decision not to continue their relationship."

"The survival of our partnership relies on simply changing the word 'boy' in boyfriend to 'best,'" Needles says. "And because of my severe vanity, I'd like to keep my social media as a place dedicated to my art, and not a place to talk about my personal life."

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Filed Under: Breakups, Drag Race, Rupaul
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RuPaul's Drag Race Crowns a Winner – in Style!

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RuPaul's Drag Race Crowns a Winner – in Style!

Originally posted 05/07/2013 10:45AM

After a season filled with drama, fighting and so much shade, RuPaul's Drag Race crowned a winner Monday night in New York City.

Well-heeled contestants (seriously, these heels were amazing) stepped out to toast the three finalists – hilarious Alaska, glamorous Roxxxy Andrews and quirky Jinkx Monsoon – at the bash, which featured a live performance by season 4 winner Sharon Needles and N.Y.C. nightlife icon Amanda Lepore. But the big moment of the night came when RuPaul announced that crowd favorite Jinkx Monsoon (in her "Glinda the Good Witch" ensemble) was the winner. "It's Monsoon season!" she told the crowd after getting crowned.

She also told PEOPLE what being the Next Drag Superstar means after 10 years of performing in drag. "I want people to see that you don't have to be catty and mean to be a superstar," Jinkx said. "I want to be a role model and an advocate for social change."

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FIRST LOOK: Meet the Contestants of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5 Contestants Announced

Originally posted 11/19/2012 09:30AM

Start your engines ... RuPaul's Drag Race is back!

Fresh on the heels of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, the fifth season ofRuPaul's Drag Race is slated to premiere in January 2013.

Not only will 14 contestants from around the world compete for the coveted title of America's Next Drag Superstar, there's also $100,000 cash at stake.

"As we start our fifth season, I'm thrilled to announce that Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban will not be joining us as full time judges," RuPaul said in a statement. "Don't get me wrong, I love them all. But we're gonna keep it all hood up in here. Because that's what makes RuPaul's Drag Race the best damn show on TV."

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Watch the First 10 Minutes of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race Premiere: Never Too Early to Throw Shade

Originally posted 10/17/2012 09:00AM

On the upcoming season of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race, the wigs will be higher, the makeup wilder and the outfits even further over the top.

The best queens from seasons past may be back and bringing their A-game, but that doesn't mean they won't throw a little shade.

In the first 10 minutes of the season premiere, which airs Oct. 22 (9 p.m. ET) on Logo, each of the girls makes her way into the workroom – and the reading begins. (Watch below.)

"Raven walked in from a cocktail party it looks like," Pandora Boxx says. "Thanks for trying, girl!"

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Sahara Davenport's Boyfriend: 'I'm Carrying Out His Legacy'

Antoine Ashley's Boyfriend: What He Will Miss Most

Originally posted 10/06/2012 06:00PM

When Karl Westerberg found out that Antoine Ashley, his boyfriend of six years, died Monday of heart failure, he was devastated. But it also made him appreciate their time together even more.

"I'm left cherishing his memories and carrying out his legacy," Westerberg, also known by his stage name Manila Luzon, told PEOPLE on Thursday. "I was lucky enough to have time with him."

Still, he says, losing the fellow RuPaul's Drag Race contestant is a struggle.

"I'm hanging in there, but it's hard because I have to deal with more than just grieving someone so close," he says. "I have to deal with telling everyone all the information. We've been together for such a long time, so it's surreal because it just happened. At least I have a lot of support from friends and family, so that's good."

When Westerberg first met Ashley – also known by his stage name Sahara Davenport – at a local bar in his neighborhood, he instantly knew this was someone he'd be connected to for a long time.

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Filed Under: Death, Drag Race
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FIRST LOOK: See the Queens of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race in Action

RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race Pits Favorite Queens Against Each Other

Originally posted 09/13/2012 03:00PM

You better work!

RuPaul is bringing a whole new kind of Drag Race to television this fall.

Past contestants Raven, Jujubee, Chad Michaels, Pandora Boxx, Tammie Brown, Yara Sofia, Mimi Imfurst, Nina Flowers, Latrice Royale, Manila Luzon, Shannel and Alexis Mateo reunite on RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race to compete for $100,000 and the title "Queen of All Queens."

Logo has released a first look at the glitz and glam – as well as "the shade of it all," says Latrice – of the upcoming season.

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Filed Under: Drag Race, TV News, Rupaul
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What's Next for the Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race?

What's Next for the Winner of RuPaul's Drag Race?

Originally posted 04/26/2011 09:00AM

Spoiler alert!

It's been a long road of ups and downs, hair and makeup, false eyelashes and lip-synching for his life. But on Monday's finale of RuPaul's Drag Race it was made official: America's next Drag Superstar is ... Raja!

"I wear drag because I love fashion. I love performing. I love being in front of a crowd of people but above and beyond everything it's because I love clothing and I love wearing clothing," the season 3 winner told PEOPLE Monday night.

As the season-long frontrunner it wasn't really a surprise that the 6'3" international supermodel in 5-inch heels took the crown. From the first episode – when he won both the mini challenge and the runway challenge – Raja, 36, has dominated the competition. On Monday's finale, he beat out two other finalists – his friend, the quirky and gorgeous Manila Luzon, and the Puerto Rican pageant princess, Alexis Mateo.

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