Strictly's Michelle Visage breaks chokes back tears as she opens up about her insecurities and being embraced by the LGBTQ community

STRICTLY Come Dancing's Michelle Visage choked back tears after she opened up about her insecurities and being embraced by the LGBTQ community.

The 51-year-old is a gay icon thanks to her role as a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race and during tonight's Blackpool special, she opened up about her relationship with the LGBTQ community.

Ahead of her performance to Madonna classic Vogue, she said in a VT: "It's less about the song and more about what Voguing has meant to me as a teenager who kind of had no place in New York City and was taken in by the gay community."

Choking back tears, she continued: "I knew for the first time, that I had found my family. I knew that I was there and I knew that I was home.

"And I wasn't alone, I wasn't questioned for who I was, or what I looked like or if I wasn't cool enough or skinny enough, I was just me and they loved me for me.

"This couple's choice dance, I want to dedicate to the community that's been there for me from the beginning. I will never leave you just as you've never left me."

Michelle then went on to thank her family, including daughter Lily who came out a few years ago.

She said: "To my beautiful daughter Lillie, I love you for who you are. My beautiful daughter Lola you are just incredible, my husband is a gem.

"This song goes out to everybody but this dance is for the mother's out there who fight for their kids and the community out there that's fought for each other. I love you."

Michelle's daughter Lillie also sent a video message during the VT, saying: "I am just incredibly lucky to have a mom like her in terms of acceptance.

"I have only been out for a few years so she's been doing this fight long before me and she'll be doing it long after."

Her fans were equally emotional, with one writing on Twitter: "Michelle honoured her past & present and did something never seen before on #Strictly, I hope she’s proud.

"Not everyone was going to get or appreciate it, but we do. And her talking about the community in the VT made me sob."

Another added: "Michelle’s VT on #Strictly tonight made me emotional. Representation is so important! Thank you  @michellevisage for your continued support of the LGBTQ+ community, no matter what happens you’re my winner."

A third agreed, writing: "oh god I sobbed throughout that VT Michelle I love you. #Strictly."



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