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Despite her previous statements during an interview, Kornbread "The Snack" Jete has clarified that she is not quitting drag after all.
Alongside Thorgy Thor, Heidi N Closet, Naysha Lopez, and Batty Davis, Kornbread was present at Roscoe's Tavern's viewing party for the RuPaul's Drag Race season 14 finale this past Friday in Chicago.
As one of the hosts, Lopez asked Kornbread about the reports that she'd be quitting drag in the next three years: "I've heard through the grapevine that you're going to retire from drag."
Kornbread quickly jumped in to respond and blamed "clickbait" articles for misinterpreting what she had said.
"So, clearly it was clickbait. They did it very well. Phenomenal job to the people who put [up] the articles," the Miss Congeniality winner replied. "Before I started drag, I was doing musical theater and I was acting, but I was acting as my previous self, [with my] dead name. But now that I'm getting more into my body and who I am, I want to focus on my transition completely. I want to finish everything that I want to get done and I'm going back into musical theater and acting. I love club appearances and I love performing. I'm going to be doing for the next three years, probably more. But I want to focus primarily on something else. They just clickbait and did it completely wrong. I'm not quitting drag. Kornbread will always be a part of me - hello, look at me, b*tch. But Demoria wants a check now. I'm not quitting, I ain't going anywhere. Y'all are screwed for the rest of your life. But in the next three years, I am going to slow down for sure. (...) I'm still going to do drag, I'm just giving it a break."
What Kornbread said at the viewing party seems to backtrack on what she told NBC Out while walking the red carpet at the Drag Race season 14 finale taping in Las Vegas in an interview that was published on the outlet's Instagram Stories.
"So, from here, I'm going to take myself a good little break. I'm going to finish my tours out and I'm going to finish my transition how I want to finish it. I just want to go straight into acting and doing what I've been doing. I enjoy drag, [but] I don't think I'll be doing it for too much longer," she told NBC Out. "I give myself a good three years, probably, tops. Because I want to focus 100 percent on transitioning and 100 percent on the career I've started, which is musical theater and acting. So, drag just did what it needed to do [and] gave me the outlet that I needed."
Because Kornbread's statement was shared via an Instagram Story video that only lasts 24-hours, it is no longer available on the @nbcout page. However, after Out reported on Kornbread telling NBC Out she wouldn't be doing drag for too much longer, the Drag Race alum took to the comments section of Out's Instagram to reaffirm her original statement, writing:
"Simply put (also shared another source on my page) I am focusing on transition and getting back into acting and musical theater :) I want to use my drag race platform to push forward in more endeavors. I enjoy bar and club appearances but I want to do more."
All things considered, Kornbread went back on her original statement recorded by NBC Out, which very clearly explained how she wouldn't "be doing drag for too much longer" and was giving her drag career "a good three years, tops." In the comments section of Out's Instagram, Kornbread also suggested that she would be using her Drag Race platform to move forward in her career beyond just doing bar and club appearances. But at Roscoe's, the queen changed her tune and said that she'll keep doing drag and club appearances.
We're extremely happy that Kornbread isn't quitting drag, as was initially suggested. She is a phenomenal queen with charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent to spare. Whether that is in an upcoming regular season, an All Stars appearance, or in musical theater and acting gigs, we will always be rooting for this queen to succeed!