What Is RuPaul’s Real Name?

What is RuPaul's real name? Let's take a look at the RuPaul Drag Race host and find out his real name and more about his stage name.
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RuPaul is arguably the world’s biggest drag queen but surprisingly, not many fans know his real name. So let’s find it out…

RuPaul, 62, is best known for fronting the Emmy Award-winning TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race which has been adapted into several successful spinoffs around the globe, including Drag Race UK.

Throughout his career, the ‘Queen of Drag’ has won a staggering 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, three GLAAD Media Awards, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, two Billboard Music Awards and a Tony Award.

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Surprisingly, not many RuPaul fans know his real name. Credit: BBC/Guy Levy

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While tons is known of RuPaul’s hugely successful career, little is known about his personal life. So let’s take at one of the most important facts you should know – his real name:

What is RuPaul’s real name?

The TV host’s real name is RuPaul Andre Charles.

His mother bestowed upon him the name ‘Ru’ in recognition of his Louisana heritage. It draws inspiration from ‘roux’, the foundational element in gumbo and various Creole stews and soups.

While many drag queens opt to go by a stage name, RuPaul’s drag name is simply RuPaul.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a former content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.