EXCLUSIVE: RuPaul Reveals the Real Reason Behind His Surprise Marriage to Longtime Partner Georges LeBar

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RuPaul is a married man!

The RuPaul’s Drag Race host revealed to ET that he and his partner of 23 years, Georges LeBar, have tied the knot. The TV personality says the results of the 2016 presidential election were the deciding factor in finally taking the big step.

“What’s happening politically right now, you know, you never know what could turn around at this point,” RuPaul says. “Who thought that this would happen, what’s happening in Washington right now.”

“We are devoted to each other,” he adds. “We don’t stand on ceremony. We thought, we don’t have to get married. But then, in light of what’s happening currently in the world today, what’s happening in Washington, we thought, you know what? Let’s do it. Let’s just do it, because there’s too much at stake with our businesses ... so, that’s why we did it.”

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The couple said, “I do,” in a small ceremony at their Los Angeles-area home earlier this year, but RuPaul is adamant that nothing has changed in terms of the pair’s day-to-day.

“That paper don’t mean nothin’!” he announces. “If you’re devoted to a person, nothing’s gonna change that. And after 23 years, you know, hey, I know him. He knows me. I love him. He’s my favorite person on the planet I’ve met. I’ve met a lot of people. I’ve met a lot of people. He’s my favorite person.”

RuPaul and Georges met in 1994 on the dance floor at The Limelight club in New York City.

“Literally, on the dance floor at Limelight,” RuPaul recalls. “He was dancing like a crazed person. I went over and said, ‘What are you doing?’ You know, and that was that. Yeah, he’s a rancher. He has a ranch in Wyoming. A very large ranch.” 

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The newlyweds split their time between Wyoming and California, spending long stretches of time apart.

“He works the ranch, I work Hollywood, and we meet up in fabulous places,” RuPaul shares. “You know, he needs breaks from time to time, because it’s a very different life. So, we plan little getaways once a month, you know? New York or Maui or San Francisco or Vegas. We do that.”

“It works [for us],” he continues. “This concept of marriage that we were raised with is so different from the real style of relationships that linger for years and years. It’s not what they do on The Bachelor, where it’s this romantic Diane Warren [song], Nancy Meyers film. It takes -- it’s different. There’s sickness and in health, and rich and poor. It takes a real commitment to be able to stick with someone no matter what, and see them as their authentic self … it’s real life.”

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But don’t expect RuPaul to start talking about his relationship more now that he’s married.

“It’s separate from [showbiz], you know?” he offers. “It’s real … I’m [a Scorpio], so I’m very secretive and I keep my hand close to my vest.”

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