Drag Race UK Star George Ward, Aka Cherry Valentine Passed Away At The Age of 28
Cherry Valentine, one of the most popular stars of Drag Race UK has died at the age of 18. Cherry Valentine, real name George Ward, was well known for his appearance in the second series of Drag Race UK and was people’s favorite drag performer.
The news of George Ward’s death came as a shocking one for everyone and many people who are fans of the drag performer and Drag Race UK are heartbroken by the news.
George died on Sunday and the news of his death was shared by one of his family members. George’s family member said that George has tragically passed away but the family member didn’t mention what the tragedy was.
Along with the news, the family member also added that the news of George’s death can be a shock for most people, and Ward’s family is presently processing the news. He also asked George’s fans to include the drag performer in their prayers and give the family the privacy to mourn George’s death.
Who Was George Ward?
George Ward or Cherry Valentine is a popular drag performer who was well known for his performance in Drag Race UK. George Ward was born on 30th November 1993 in Darlington, England. Although Ward is famous as the drag performer Cherry Valentine, he is also a mental health nurse and a social activist.
|Name||Cherry Valentine(George Ward)|
|Date Of Birth||November 30, 1993|
|Age||27 years old|
|Profession||Reality TV star and mental health nurse|
|Net Worth||$200,000 (USD)|
George Ward was born and bought up in a strict neighborhood where drag performance was accepted and in a recent interview, he said that he faced many homophobic treatments while growing up in Darlington.
After completing his schooling, Ward joined Leicester University where he gained his bachelor’s degree. The drag performer qualified as a mental health nurse in the year 2015 and has worked as the same in the National Health Service and was also a volunteer for UK’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
George Ward’s Journey Of Becoming Cherry Valentine
George Ward became Cherry Valentine when he started performing as a drag queen in the year 2018. Within two years of stepping into the field of drag performance, he became a contestant in the second series of Drag Race UK. Cherry’s name was leaked by the judge of Drag Race UK before the cast was revealed.
Cherry was one of the most hyped drag performers of the series and his participation in the series made him popular. Cherry was the second drag performer of Romani descent who appeared on Drag Race UK.
The first one was Vivienne who never mentioned his heritage on the show which makes Cherry the first one to openly talk about his Roman heritage on the stage of Drag Race UK.
Cherry Valentine is one among the 12 contestants of the second series of Drag Race UK and in the video where the drag queens were introduced to the audience, Cherry said that working as a mental health nurse has helped him understand people a bit more and by performing as a drag queen, he is working with alot of people and is trying to understand them better.
Cherry was placed 12th in the second series of Drag Race UK and was eliminated after the Rusical challenge, which is a round where the drag performer will have to lipsync to a certain song. Cherry has performed the round against Tayce.
After appearing in Drag Race UK series 2, Cherry Valentine gained the limelight even though he didn’t win the show. In 2021, the same year of his appearance in Drag Race UK, Valentine appeared in three music videos.
One was Jodie Harsh’s “My House” and another one was with Charlie XCX where he appeared in Charlie’s song “Good Ones” which is actually a drag performance video. Cherry Valentine also made his debut music video in the year 2021 and it was named “Aesthetic”.
Cherry Valentine was also an active participant in many stage shows Squirrel Friends, Tales Of The Condemned, and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Official Tour. He was nominated for The WOWIE Award for Best Instagram Feed in the year 2022.
Cherry Valentine: BBC Documentary
In 2022, a documentary about Cherry Valentine starring himself named Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen And Proud was released on BBC Three and WOW Plus. The documentary told the story of Cherry Valentine, aka George ward leaving the Gypsy community in Darlington, also known as the Traveller and him coming out as gay. The documentary also features how Ward was rejected by his community after announced that he was gay and the homophobic bullying that he faced in the Darlington neighborhood.
George Ward in the documentary has said that he was physically harassed, suffered from homophobic bullying, and was spat on while he was studying in school. He said that his community has always seen sexuality in a negative light and wasn’t very welcoming toward the LGBTQ+ community.
George came out as gay at the age of 18 and his family had a negative reaction to his sexuality, which made him leave the house. George says that he still didn’t have a connection with members of his Gypsy community and also with his extended family.
The documentary, Cherry Valentine: Gypsy Queen And Pound also showcased Cherry’s return to his community and to his roots and how he tries to become both a drag performer and a member of his community. The documentary was released on 25th January 2022.
Cause Of Death
The official statement released by the family member of George Ward says that the drag performer has left tragically. George was 28 years of age at the time of death and he was healthy and happy in front of the public eye. There has been no information about Ward being sick or health deteriorating reported, which suggests that the death was indeed a sudden and shocking one. George’s family hasn’t disclosed his cause of death and many are expecting that they will once they come out of the mourning period.