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Drag Race Contestants Reveal How Cancer Impacted Their Lives


RuPaul's Drag Race is known for its fun and ferocity — but there are moments of real emotional importance as well.

In this exclusive clip from tonight's episode of the VH1 reality competition, contestants Trinity Taylor and Shea Couleé reveal how cancer impacted them and their families.

"In high school, my grandmother got sick. She had cancer. So the last two years of high school, I quit school to take care of my grandmother and just home school myself," said Taylor.

"I never got to do a prom. I never got to do a senior trip or graduation or anything like that. I missed out on a lot of things that kids get to do in high school. But that was my choice. I did that on my own because I loved her."

Couleé discussed how cancer helped mend a bridge between her and her father, whom she once considered a “military man, conservative," and emotionally distant.

"I think because of his cancer diagnosis, it’s put some things into perspective for him," the drag performer said. "One day, he gave me a call, and he’s like, 'I just want to let you know that I love you regardless. I know that you’re just an artist, that this is your expression.'"

"It was the most validating experience I’ve ever had. I just realized that my time with him was limited. And he’s actually way more accepting and loving than I gave him credit for."

Watch the moving discussion below, and don't miss tonight's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race at 8 p.m. Eastern on VH1.

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