Anubis has released the psychedelic music video for her brand new single, Wonderland.
The star memorably shot to superstardom last year as a contestant on the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, where she placed 12th and was awarded the title of ‘Miss Congeniality’ by her fellow queens.
Speaking exclusively with GAY TIMES, Anubis says the infectious electropop track – while “up for interpretation” – details her “struggles” with being eliminated in last place, which prevented her from showcasing her full skillset as a singer and comedian.
While Anubis acknowledges that being a RuGirl does come with “this wonderful life of riches and fame”, she says her placement has slightly “damaged” her career because she’s now “only seen as this queen who got eliminated first”.
“It’s allowed people to not see my acting abilities or my comedy abilities or my songwriting abilities; anything I did prior to that one episode on RuPaul’s Drag Race,” she explains.
“I wrote the song to talk about the fact that there are these ways you can escape and fall into alcohol or drugs.
“Whatever your release is, even food… I’ve had such an unhealthy relationship in the last year-and-a-half of all of those different things, and that’s been my Wonderland. It is my way of being completely raw and honest with my fans.”
However, Anubis admits that it is “difficult no matter where you place” on RuPaul’s Drag Race because she’s had similar conversations with her close friend, Krystal Versace, who ultimately won the season over Ella Vaday and Kitty Scott-Klaus.
“Me and Krystal are very close and we are the bookends of the season; I went out first and she won. We feel exactly the same. It’s figuring out what works, what doesn’t, what’s brand-able, what’s relatable to the audience,” she says.
“It’s a business, and I think people don’t realise that when you get into it.”
Despite this, Anubis says this has made her even more “determined” to succeed and “prove” her worth as an entertainer: “I’m ready to show people what I’ve got.”
If the opportunity ever arises for that much-rumoured season of RuPaul’s Drag Race that collects contestants who sashayed away in last place, Anubis confirms that she would accept because she wants to show viewers that she can “smash it”.
“I think a first-out’s season is probably next on the cards for World of Wonder. Can’t speak for them, but I think it’d be a missed opportunity if an early out’s season doesn’t happen soon,” Anubis adds.
“Although this may seem contradictory to everything I’ve just said, I think if I got the call, I probably would go back. I don’t want to call it a personal vendetta, but I think I’ve got something to settle with the show.
“I would come back. I just wanna play Snatch Game!”
Anubis’ brand new single, Wonderland, is now available on iTunes and streaming services.
While she confirms it’s a standalone single, the star reveals that she has some collaborations on the horizon with iconic Drag Race alumni and artists that are “currently in the charts”.
“I’m also collaborating with people that no one in the entire Drag Race franchise has collaborated with before,” she concludes.
“I think it will be the big step for me.”
Take an “acid trip” in Anubis’ music video for Wonderland here or below.