Culture shock

EXC: Blu Hydrangea details ‘crazy culture shock’ in Morocco…where it’s ILLEGAL to be LGBTQ+

Blu Hydrangea admitted she was shaken after a “scary” encounter with airport security in Morocco, where it is illegal to be in the LGBTQ+ community.

The 25-year-old RuPaul’s Drag Race star, who is set to star in the UK franchise spin-off Versus The World, flew to the African country on tour with his band The Frock Destroyers last year and told exclusive to MailOnline its experience.

Confessing she hadn’t expected the ‘huge culture shock’, the Belfast native packed a ‘huge’ pair of silicone breasts for her ‘raunchy’ performance in her hand luggage.

Shock! Blu Hydrangea admitted she was shaken following a ‘scary’ encounter with airport security in Morocco, where it’s illegal to be in the LGBTQ+ community (pictured in 2020)

On arrival she was left with a ‘heart in her throat’ as her luggage was sent through x-ray scanners before being flagged for inspection.

She told MailOnline: “Oh my God. So for the Frock Destroyers concert I have to look pretty scorching in my outfit of choice.

“I had these huge silicone boobs that were too heavy for my suitcase because it was over so I put them in my carry-on.

“It didn’t really occur to me that it would have to go through open scanners by the security guards, so I basically sent in my massive t**s and of course they got flagged.”

Hilarious: she told MailOnlijne:

Hilarious: She told MailOnlijne: ‘I had these huge silicone boobs that were too heavy for my suitcase because it was over so I put them in my hand luggage’

With same-sex sexual activity punishable by six months to three years in prison and a fine of up to 1,200 dirhams (£239), Blu was certainly taking a risk.

She continued, “The man opened the bag, squeezed a t*t, closed it and sent me on my way. But honestly, my heart was in my throat because we had a crazy culture shock in Morocco.

“It’s a beautiful place but it was definitely something out of a horror movie. It was crazy, we couldn’t walk in drag or flamboyant clothes so the person who booked us had to transfer us everywhere.

‘Especially being with Baga [Chipz] and Divine [de Campo]who has a mohawk and wears rainbow clothes, it was barely low-key, you know.

Talented: Blu said:

Talented: Blu said: “Especially being with Baga [Chipz] (left) and Divina [de Campo] (center), who has a mohawk and wears rainbow clothes, it was barely low-key, you know’ (pictured during their trip to Morocco in March 2020)

Blu – who, aged 11, was secretly watching Drag Race at 1% volume at 2am – will go up against fellow artist Cheryl Hole in the upcoming BBC Three series.

The Essex star told MailOnline: “For me, Ru [Paul] has truly set the world on fire over the past two years and I will be forever grateful for all the opportunities given to me to showcase my art.

“We were invited for a reason, we have to remember that Ru is watching our audition tapes – it’s not a group of people deciding for us.

‘Ru has the final say on whoever he wants on the show. I’m here because Ru loves what I do and I have to show that I’m doing my best.

Fierce competition: Blu – who, aged 11, is said to be secretly watching Drag Race on 1% volume at 2am – will face fellow artist Cheryl Hole (pictured in September 2021) in the upcoming BBC Three series

Fierce competition: Blu – who, aged 11, is said to be secretly watching Drag Race on 1% volume at 2am – will face fellow artist Cheryl Hole (pictured in September 2021) in the upcoming BBC Three series

Along with familiar faces RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Alan Carr and Graham Norton, a star-studded panel of guest judges including Clara Amfo, Jade Thirlwall, Katie Price, Melanie C and Michelle Keegan will keep the contestants on their toes.

Nine previous contenders from around the world will come together to fight for the ultimate crown in this jaw-dropping extravaganza.

Blu and Cheryl are sure to face stiff competition, with fan favorites Baga, Janey Jacké, Jimbo, Jujubee, Lemon, Mo Heart and Pangina Heals on board.

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Versus The World starts at 9pm on February 1 on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer. New episodes every Tuesday.

Starred: Judges Alan Carr, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton (photo LR in 2021) will keep the competitors standing

Starred: Judges Alan Carr, Michelle Visage, RuPaul and Graham Norton (photo LR in 2021) will keep the competitors standing