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RuPaul just revealed for the first time that he's married to his partner of 23 years, Georges LeBar.
"I've never said this television before—we are married," he said on Hollywood Today Live (opens in new tab). "I met him on the dance floor at Limelight in 1994 on his birthday. We got married this year on the anniversary of when we met."
The host of RuPaul's Drag Race has always kept their relationship private. And he's rarely seen in public with LeBar, who is a rancher based in Wyoming.
"He doesn't care about show business at all. He could care less," he told the hosts. "Most of the time, he's on the ranch in Wyoming. He has a 60,000-acre ranch—it's in two states, it's in South Dakota, too. When I go there, I dress up in Western wear and nobody cares."
So, what drew the drag queen icon to the camera-shy LeBar?
He told BuzzFeed in a 2015 interview (opens in new tab): "He's so kind and funny. I remember praying, 'I want a sweet, sensitive man,' and I got an Australian who's just lovely."
After two decades together, the pair wasn't planning to wed. RuPaul told BuzzFeed of marriage: "No, I don't stand on ceremony, I never want to conform to anything. We looked into it if we could get a tax break and stuff but not because… Is he devoted to me? Am I devoted to him? Oh, hell yes. [But] I never want to be like everybody else."
He now says that after more financial discussions the couple changed their minds.
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Kate Storey is a contributing editor at Marie Claire and writer-at-large at Esquire magazine, where she covers culture and politics. Kate's writing has appeared in ELLE, Harper's BAZAAR, Town & Country, and Cosmopolitan, and her first book comes out in summer 2023.
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