Adore Delano Explains His Breakdown on RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: ‘It Actually Started With Raven-Symoné’


The second episode of RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race unleashed a fresh wellspring of tears when season six favorite Adore Delano decided to quit midway through the episode. Adore, whose given name is Danny Noriega, went on Periscope to discuss what happened. He says that he decided to do the show during a particularly difficult time in his life: His father had passed away and his ex had broken up with him "with no explanation through text." (Rude!) "Last year I had a super-emotional breakdown," he says. "I was just constantly working to fill the void of not dealing with family issues and what was really happening with my self and self-esteem. I was going through a really dark depression."

But let's get to the tea, shall we? Adore received a particularly harsh critique on the runway during the first episode, landing him in the bottom two. While it seemed like judging mainstay Michelle Visage was to blame, according to Adore, it was actually guest judge Raven-Symoné. "It wasn't all Michelle. The reason why I was super-hypersensitive about the whole sitch was that I was getting it from everywhere. It wasn't just Michelle. It actually started with Raven-Symoné," Adore says. "The thing that hurt my feelings was Raven. She said something super-gross." But he adds that he doesn't care about what the haters think, including Raven: "I've worked too hard to be talked to like a weird-ass amateur by Raven-Symoné." You better take on your Inner Saboteur!