What Happened to Tyra Sanchez? The Drag Race Drama Explained
All about Tyra Sanchez’s drama.
James Ross is an American drag queen and reality television celebrity who goes by the stage name Tyra Sanchez. He is best known as the winner of the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Ross has been dogged by controversy since his debut on the public stage after participating in and winning the second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Despite being one of RuPaul‘s picks, Ross has distanced himself from the drag scene, even resigning from drag.
He announced that he would retire as Tyra Sanchez in March 2020 via an Instagram announcement. But two years later, on September 14, 2022, Ross confirmed that they would return to drag but under the name “King Tyra” and would only post on OnlyFans.
So, what happened to Tyra Sanchez? And where is Tyra Sanchez now? Here is everything we know about it.
What happened to Tyra Sanchez?
Ross was first introduced to the world as the 21-year-old Florida queen. He was the final person to enter the werk room on RuPaul’s Drag Race’s second season in 2010, and he stayed till the finish.
Ross engaged in some trouble with the other queens of the seasons during his stint on Drag Race. Whether it was sleeping in the werk room and being woken up by RuPaul or not being a team player in team challenges — his journey on the show was one to remember.
Ross, as Tyra Sanchez, blazed through the season as the queen everyone despised. In the show’s history, he is the first to win without ever finishing in the bottom two.
From 2010 to 2016, the reality TV star stayed out of trouble. Then the pandora’s box opened.
He got into trouble with Twitter supporters after tweeting, “go kill yourself [expletive] ” in response to a Drag Race fan who had deemed him obnoxious. Later, he refused to apologize for his statements.
He even went on to declare that he had no sympathy for individuals who decided to commit suicide, labeling them as cowards who just gave up. He then remarked in the same statement that he felt horrible for the families they left behind.
James Ross as Tyra Sanchez in ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race.’ (Source: Instagram)
To add to the confusion, he advised people who had taken offense at his statements to channel their rage into helping others who were still struggling. Some fans thought Ross was joking, while others thought someone with a large following and some level of influence shouldn’t be using their platform to spread hateful messages.
RuPaul addressed it on his podcast and defended Ross. The legendary Drag Queen explained, “People don’t get nuance on Twitter. You can’t do irony on Twitter, people won’t get it.”
In 2017, Ross wrote an obituary for her fellow season two queen Morgan McMicheals and uploaded it on the Tyra Sanchez Facebook page. When fans clicked on the obituary link, they were sent to Ross’s own SoundCloud profile.
This gave the impression that she was exploiting it to promote his songs. When fans discovered Morgan was alive and playing at a show, they were startled and enraged.
While Ross subsequently apologized for posting the bogus obituary of Morgan, he was adamant about never removing it. The 2018 DragCon scandal is likely what most people remember about Ross and his drag queen avatar.
For many newer Drag Race viewers, this was their first encounter with Ross, and it was a disaster. He was notoriously barred from attending the Los Angeles RuPaul’s DragCon after making threats against fellow queens Tatianna and Phi Phi O’Hara online before the event.
Tyra Sanchez’s official website also displayed a countdown clock with the abbreviation “B.O.O.M” counting down to the event date. This caused a great deal of concern among queens and fans alike on the internet, particularly on Twitter, where followers pleaded for anyone attending the event to take extra measures or not go.
Thankfully, nothing happened when the countdown expired, but it was enough for her to be permanently expelled from the community. After being barred from attending the event, Ross shared an email from World of Wonder in which they asked him to apologize.
He filmed a video, but it was not enough of an apology to bring him back into World of Wonder’s good graces. However, Ross refused to apologize again, claiming, “I will not be apologizing again for something that happened last month. I apologized then for my anger, my temper, my behavior and my choice of words.”
A year later, Ross publicly apologized via Tyra Sanchez’s social media in early October 2019. While remorseful for what he said, he said that his fury sprang from thoughts he had been concealing and masking for years.
While the apology appeared serious, additional drama ensued, as did the criticism from fans who continued campaigning for RuPaul to reclaim his title and crown due to her behavior.
Ross noted in his public apology sent in October 2019 that the previous few years had been a rollercoaster ride with many ups and downs. He remarked that the shown fury originated from a very dark place.
After much soul-searching, the wisest option for the future was to abandon drag entirely. Ross stated his desire to retire from drag in an Instagram post published in March 2020.
“For those asking, Tyra Sanchez has fulfilled her purpose in my life. I, James Ross, no longer want to be referred to as Tyra, Tyra Sanchez, her, she, girl, or queen,” he wrote.
As a result, Tyra Sanchez’s formerly glorious but now turbulent career ended.
Where is Tyra Sanchez now?
Now, Tyra Sanchez does not exist. Ross has completely let go of his Drag Queen character.
In 2020, according to TMZ, Ross was arrested in August 2021 and faced one count of criminal property damage. Atlanta PD reported that they responded to a vandalism call at an apartment complex at around 10:30 AM.
The security guard reported someone spray-painted “Don’t Move Here Ever” on the exterior of the building. Similarly, another witness said they observed the culprit tagging the wall.
The officers located and identified Ross and then took him to the Fulton County Jail. Ross allegedly lived in that complex and did not pay rent for months.
Currently, Ross is an OnlyFans star. He announced on his Facebook that he would start an OnlyFans as King Tyra and asked his fans and followers to subscribe to him on the platform.
James Ross’ son and controversy
Ross has a son named Jeremiah, whom he had when he was 17. In an interview with Windy City, he talked about his son and being a teen dad.
He said he had to grow up quickly to care for his son. He noted, “It made a way for me to have to grow up faster. It taught me in advance to what was coming next.”
Ross confessed that he used the amount he won from Drag Race to care for his son, noting that he was a dotting father. He did not reveal who the baby mama was but shared that the pair co-parented Jeremiah.
He said that Jeremiah lived with him in Atlanta and traveled back and forth with his mom during the weekends and holidays. Being a dad changed Ross for the better.
Jeremiah taught him how to deal with his emotions. Ross said, “ With my family, they didn’t show affection. We didn’t hugs and stuff like that. If we did it was an awkward hug. My son taught me how to do it naturally. It should come to you and not be forced. It should be something that you want to do.”
Ross also used to talk about being a dotting father on Drag Race. Unfortunately, that is not the case, according to his baby mama.
Cynthia, Ross’ baby mama, served him with child support documents for Jeremiah in April 2015. According to TMZ’s report, Ross had to give over his income data so that the court may determine how much support he must pay.
However, Ross was not paying any child support and did not have custody of his son. Instead, he could only visit Jeremiah once a month.
‘RHONJ’ Star Melissa Gorga Confessed to Getting Plastic Surgery and Nose Job
Melissa Gorga was made to reveal her secret.
Rumors of plastic surgery by celebrities are not surprising.
However there are some celebrities who admit going under the knife, but some are always in denial. The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) star Melissa Gorga used to be one of those.
She was surrounded by rumors of plastic surgery, especially a nose job. It started after people noted subtle changes in her appearance throughout the years in RHONJ.
However, Gorga had always dodged the question. She never admitted to having plastic surgery or a nose job but said she had good contouring skills.
Finally, on the seventh season of RHONJ in 2016, Gorga admitted to getting work done after a fight with fellow housewife Jacqueline Laurita.
Melissa Gorga admitted to getting a nose job
It is reported that Laurita was constantly telling people around that Gorga had plastic surgery. Moreover, she was allegedly telling everyone that Gorga had four nose jobs.
The two had a massive fight over this topic. Gorga blamed Laurita for telling her secret to everyone.
She said, “Let’s be honest, it’s the worst-kept secret that I’ve had a nose job, but it’s my secret to tell, not hers.” Gorga then admitted that she had one procedure, not four like the rumors suggested.
Melissa Gorga confessed that she got a nose job and plastic surgery. (Source: Twitter)
She told The Daily Dish (via Bravo), “There was definitely not four nose jobs. Four nose jobs? I would look pretty deranged, I would think. That is insane to say four, and I don’t like that the seed was even planted because I think that’s wrong.”
Gorga also explained the reasons she wanted to hide her nose job. She noted that it was a personal thing and she was not hurting anyone with her secret.
“It’s your own business. Some people like to say, ‘Hey, I injected this, tummy tucked this,’ and that’s fine, too. It’s something that’s personal to me. It’s one of the very few things that is personal in my life at this point,” she said.
She pointed out that she had kids and did not want to reveal everything to them or her fanbase. She wanted to keep some things to herself, including her plastic surgery, but because of Laurita, she had to share it with the entire world.
She said, “ That was one of the things I wanted to keep to myself. Unfortunately, I had a crappy friend who has told the world for me.”
Melissa Gorga’s other procedures
After Gorga’s nose job was revealed, she has been more open to sharing about the procedures she has done to date. She admitted to trying out Botox and fillers, like some of the housewives in RHONJ.
Recently, in January 2023, Gorga revealed on the Jeff Lewis Has Issues podcast that she had gotten some work done on her lips. She confessed that her husband, Joe, was not a huge fan of her procedure.
But later, he grew to like it. Apart from fillers and Botox, Gorga has also gotten Emsculpt on her abs.
Is Teresa Giudice Pregnant? Behind the Pregnancy Rumors of ‘RHONJ’ Star
Is she pregnant or is it just rumors?!
Ever since Teresa Giudice started dating her second husband, Luis Ruelas, there have been rumors of her being pregnant with his child.
Teresa already has four children with her first husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice. She started dating Ruelas after divorcing Joe in 2020.
They got engaged in October 2021 and officially married in August 2022. Pregnancy rumors have surrounded Guidice since 2020.
While The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) star has constantly denied the rumors, the question never stops following her — ‘Is Teresa Giudice pregnant?’
Here is all we know about it.
Is Teresa Giudice Pregnant?
At the time of writing, it is unknown if Teresa is pregnant or not. Regardless of the pregnancy rumors, the RHONJ star has not confirmed nor denied the rumors at the time of writing.
But looking at her social media, it seems like she is not pregnant at the moment. Her most recent post on Instagram was on May 30, 2023, where she wore a bikini and showed off her body in Puerto Rico.
She did not look pregnant, as she did not have a baby bump in the photo. Therefore, it is possible that she is not pregnant at the moment.
It seems like Teresa Giudice is not pregnant at the moment. (Source: Instagram)
This is not the first time pregnancy rumors have surrounded the reality TV star. Back in November 2021, fans suspected that Teresa was expecting after she uploaded a picture with Ruelas.
Ruelas was cradling Teresa’s midriff, leading people to believe that the RHONJ star was pregnant. However, she was not expecting a baby, and it was mere speculation of her fans and followers.
Teresa Giudice’s children
Teresa shares four children with her former husband, Joe. Teresa and Joe married in 1999 and divorced after 20 years of marriage in 2020.
Throughout their marriage, the pair had four daughters — Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana. Gia was born on January 8, 2001, Gabriella on October 4, 2004, Milania on February 2, 2006, and Audriana on September 14, 2009.
Gia was eight years old when RHONJ debuted, and she has been in front of the cameras ever since. She is most known for a viral clip that has been making rounds on TikTok since 2020.
Gia, aged 10, sang an original song for her family about the challenges her mother and uncle were dealing with at the time in season 3. Years later, the video emerged on TikTok, and the lyrics, “waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things,” became viral.
Gia is a recent Rutgers University graduate who studied criminal justice and hopes to become a lawyer. After graduating from Rutgers in May 2023, Teresa posted about the milestone on Instagram.
She wrote, “I am so proud of my devoted and intelligent daughter, Gia, for graduating [from] a stellar university, a huge milestone to accomplish in life. Seeing you graduate college is one of the most special moments in my life.”
Gabriella, Teresa’s second daughter, appears to be more private than the rest of her family since she lacks a prominent social media presence. Teresa told PEOPLE in 2016 that her then-11-year-old daughter aspired to be a professional football player or a model.
Years later, Teresa told The Daily Dish that Gabriella was looking at universities before her final year of high school.
It seems like Milania, Teresa’s third daughter, will be following in her mother’s footsteps into the entertainment industry. When she was just 10 years old, Milania was interviewed by PEOPLE in 2016.
At the time, Milania said she and her friend had always wanted to be actresses and make YouTube videos. The same year, she walked the runway at New York Fashion Week.
In 2019, she released her debut single, ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Grow Up.’ The RHONJ star talked about the song and gushed, “I think the song is so catchy! I really think it’s going to be a No. 1!,” in an episode of RHONJ.
At the time of writing, Audriana is 13 years old, and not much is known about her. She suffered greatly when her father was imprisoned and eventually deported to Italy.
Teresa and Gia said in 2019 that Audriana, then nine years old, was tormented and bullied at school because of her father. Talking about Audriana’s interests, she is a competitive dancer and is interested in the entertainment industry.
Teresa said of her daughter, “She likes the cameras too. And Audriana was born in front of the cameras.”
Alexa Demie to Reprise Her ‘Euphoria’ Role in Sam Levinson’s ‘The Idol’
Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol’!
After much controversy and talk about The Idol, its first two episodes finally premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2023.
Directed by Sam Levinson, The Idol follows Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), an aspiring pop idol who wishes to reclaim her fame. After having a nervous breakdown that caused her last tour to be canceled, she resolves to reclaim her title as America’s sexiest pop star.
As a result, she begins a complicated relationship with Tedros (Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye), a self-help guru and the leader of a contemporary cult. Much information about the show was revealed after the premiere.
Alexa Demie will make a cameo as Maddy Perez from ‘Euphoria’ in HBO’s new show ‘The Idol.’ pic.twitter.com/zunCaRPFYB— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2023
One of them is Alexa Demie making a cameo on the show by reprising her role as Maddy Perez from Euphoria.
Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol’
Levinson is the mastermind behind Euphoria since he created and wrote the series. Euphoria follows a group of teens in the fictional town of East Highland, California, as they search for optimism while dealing with the stresses of love, grief, and addiction.
Some of the issues discussed on Euphoria are the same as that of The Idol like drug abuse, social media, toxic relationships, drug dealing, codependency, toxic positivity, rape, sexual assault, hookup culture, and dating violence, among others.
Therefore, it is not a surprise that Levinson wants to create his own universe like that of Marvel and DC. After it was confirmed that Demie’s character, Perez, would appear on the show, Levinson revealed that Euphoria and The Idol happen in the same universe.
Sam Levinson confirmed at Cannes that ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The Idol’ take place in the same universe. pic.twitter.com/T9GpqgtgV7— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2023
Demie appears in The Idol as a woman at the club where Jocelyn and Tedros first meet. Despite the fact that she plays a minor role in the plot, it will be a memorable throwback for Euphoria fans who may be watching this series anticipating something similar.
Unfortunately, not much information regarding her cameo or the role her character plays in the tale has been provided. She may return in the later half of the program, but viewers must wait until the season premieres to find out.
Demie plays the role of Perez in Euphoria and likely The Idol. She is recognized for her outspoken and confident demeanor, and she is generally considered self-assured and fearless to express herself.
Alexa Demie will reprise her role as Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol.’ (Source: Twitter)
Perez is said to have a strong sense of style and is frequently spotted wearing beautiful and bold clothing. She has a complicated and turbulent relationship with her boyfriend, Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), who is also a significant character in the series.
Their relationship has ups and downs, including episodes of manipulation, deception, and violence. Despite their difficulties, Perez stays emotionally involved in their relationship.
Perez is shown as a devoted friend who is frequently seen supporting her small group of friends, particularly the main character, Rue Bennett (Zendaya). She is also renowned for her fiery attitude and often combative demeanor.
maddy perez in the idol??? queen is back pic.twitter.com/h4gB2wWlfS— alexa demie archive (@archivedemie) May 23, 2023
Overall, Perez, a character of enormous depth in the highly acclaimed television series, emerges as a fascinating combination of confidence and vulnerability. She is portrayed with complexity and depth and captivates spectators with her bold approach, unusual style, and turbulent relationships.
The reviews of ‘The Idol’
Ever since its premiere, The Idol is receiving negative reviews, to say the least. Before the premiere, Rolling Stone ran an expose on the series in March 2023.
According to the article, the initial tone and subject of the screenplay had altered, and instead of being focused on a woman’s quest to restore her own agency, it had allegedly devolved into a demeaning narrative bordering on torture porn.
Moreover, there were some really troublesome occurrences on-site. However, The Weeknd and Depp defended the show and Levinson.
Lots of strong reactions to #TheIdol out of #Cannes2023 — ranging from “I hated it” to “the TV version of clickbait” to “I don’t need to see any more of Lily-Rose Depp naked.”— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 22, 2023
Levinson was also criticized for his view. Many complained that he oversexualizes and victimizes the female characters in his shows — as evident in Euphoria.
Regardless, people were giving it the benefit of the doubt. But now, after the premiere of two episodes, the critics are being brutally honest about the show.
Critics are not happy with the presentation of the show, claiming that it is extremely sexualized. They noted that The Idol supports male fantasy which degrades women.
With a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only one positive review, ‘THE IDOL’ is the lowest rated HBO original of all time. pic.twitter.com/QCHWBI7pHu— One Take News (@OneTakeNews) May 24, 2023
The series has also been called misogynistic and predatory in nature. Initially, The Idol debuted with 20% on Tomatometer of Rotten Tomatoes.
But at the time of writing, it has 9% on Tomatometer with 11 reviews. The critics’ consensus reads, “Every bit as florid and sleazy as the industry it seeks to satirize, The Idol places itself on a pedestal with unbridled style but wilts under the spotlight.”
Looking at the decrease in Tomatometer, it won’t be a surprise if it decreases more from 9% after more reviews come in.
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