Lady Gaga gave a super-emotional backstage speech on RuPaul’s Drag Race

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Lady Gaga’s long-awaited appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race finally aired last week – but you might not have seen the best bit.

The drag queen-inspired Born This Way singer has long been rumoured for a role on the reality series, and the dream finally came true during Season 9’s premiere on Friday.

Gaga took a super-serious approach to judging the contest’s drag pageant challenge.
Lady Gaga gave a super-emotional backstage speech on RuPaul’s Drag Race

But fans who skipped Drag Race backstage show Untucked missed out on an extra dose of Gaga, as she snuck in to visit the queens.

Appearing on Untucked, Gaga let slip some of the emotion she had been feeling during her appearance on the main show.

Of her connection with the gay community, she said: “I’m not a gay woman, you know? And it’s that touchy sort of subject where can you stand up for people that you are not necessarily fully part of that community in a way that you can understand what you all go through, right?

“But I have always been surrounded by incredibly intelligent, powerful gay men who have lifted me up through lots of changes in my life.

“Becoming famous was very strange and it’s the gay men in my life that helped me to become a woman.

“I don’t know that a lot of people would understand that but it’s because of what you’ve through ― you have survived so much that you inspire me to continue surviving. So thank you for that.”

The show recently found a new home – after ‘going mainstream’.