'You just feel more like yourself!' 11-year old drag queen gets surprise message from CBB winner Courtney Act
'MY 11-YEAR-OLD SON WANTS TO SHOW EVERYONE IT'S OK TO BE DIFFERENT'
We were joined by Lauren Noakes explained why she supports her 11-year-old son Leo being a drag queen.
'It’s always been there, he’s always been flamboyant and a big character and wanting to dress in high heels and dresses and things. I thought it was a normal phase,' she said. 'It was only when he was about 6 people started to say he should have started to grow out of that by now. I brushed it off at first.'
Lauren, who was 17 when she had Leo, added: 'I thought as well that I had a bit of pressure on me to perform because I was so young. He didn’t have a father figure for the first three years. I worried whether it was that; he was always with me, watching me all the time. So I thought that maybe that was where he was getting it from – actually instead of it being what he liked, it was learnt behaviour.'
Lauren has faced some criticism for letting her son live his life as he wants and said: 'I did have someone make a comment once that I was making him gay by allowing him to do that. The same person said, "You know gay people don’t lead happy lives".'
Lauren said that for Leo dressing in drag is not about changing his gender: 'From my ignorance I assumed that that’s what he wanted. It’s not at all. But, actually, he’s really open anyway, he really clearly just says, "I’m a boy, I like being a boy, just because I’ve got a penis doesn’t mean I can’t wear a dress". He just wants to show everyone it’s OK to be different. That’s what he taught me.'
Leo also joined us as his drag alter-ego Violet Vixen and said, 'It just gives you more confidence, you just feel more like yourself.'
And we surprised Leo with a message from his idol Courtney Act - AKA Shane Jenek - who won Celebrity Big Brother.
Watch the video for the full interview with Lauren and Leo's fabulous entrance.