A mother has revealed how she has been branded a ‘bad parent’ and accused of ‘exploiting her son’ after supporting his dream of being a young drag queen.
Miles Pullman, 13, from Broadstairs, Kent, has always enjoyed dressing up and experimenting with hair styles and makeup since the age of two.
Over the summer, he began performing as Miss Oatie T in front of thousands with some of the biggest names in drag like Baga Chipz MBE.
But despite the family receiving tons of support by friends and family, and crowds at events where Miles performs, his mother Nicola, 50, said the feedback isn’t always positive.
She said some of the comments were ‘disgusting’, adding: ‘People online say I’m exploiting Miles for paedophiles to watch and how I’m a bad parent.’
Nicola, 50, from Broadstairs, Kent, has revealed how she has been branded a ‘bad parent’ and accused of ‘exploiting her son’ after supporting his dream of being a young drag queen (left, and right)
She said the 13-year-old has always enjoyed dressing up and experimenting with hair styles and makeup since the age of two
Over the summer, he began performing as Miss Oatie T in front of thousands with some of the biggest names in drag like Baga Chipz MBE (pictured, at an event)
Nicola revealed: ‘Around two, three years ago during the pandemic, Miles’ interest in drag really started. He’s so inspired by shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race, especially the UK one.
‘For Miles, Drag Race really showed him drag is a real thing and it’s something he could do for the rest of his life. It inspires him and that inspires me.
‘When it was Miles’ 12th birthday last year he asked for a sewing machine because he didn’t want to be one of those queens on Drag Race who couldn’t sew!’
Over the past year Nicola said Miss Oatie T has received much praise, love, and acceptance, adding: ‘Most people are absolutely lovely, but I’ve had some disgusting comments.
Mum Nicola, 50, with David Paul Ludford (left) husband of famous drag queen who RuPaul’s drag race UK The Vivienne
Cheryl Hole, Miss Oatie T (Miles), and Rylan Clarke were pictured after one of Miss Oatie t’s performances
Over the past year Nicola said Miss Oatie T has received much praise, love, and acceptance (pictured)
‘I’m literally so proud of my son though. I’ve had six-foot young men crying in the crowds because their parents don’t accept them – that’s really sad in this day and age.
‘It’s so amazing to see Miles come alive as Miss Oatie T on stage, he’s got a massive support network around him including me, his dad, his brothers, his aunties and his friends – there’s always someone in the crowd!’
This summer has been electric for Miles, performing at Dover Pride, Herne Bay Pride, his second time at Canterbury Pride, and Glitterbomb in the Park festival in Maidstone.
Nicola continued: ‘Over the summer he’s been watched by thousands. He’s so confident.
‘It makes me so proud watching him perform and it’s so nice when people come and praise him.
‘After the show he normally has a lot of people coming up asking for pictures, but we’ve also been stopped in the street before by people complimenting his looks.
‘As he’s still young he’s still working out what kind of queen he is while perfecting his looks, but his main talents are lip-syncing, dancing, death drops and the splits.
Nicola revealed how Miles has always had a love for performance and he enjoys going to theatre shows, such as Wicked
Over the summer, the teenager performed his drag art in front of thousands with some of the biggest names in drag like Baga Chipz MBE
Miles’ main talents are lip-syncing, dancing, death drops and the splits while he performs on stage
Mss Oatie T performed with Baga Chipz over the summer when he performed on stage during Pride week
‘Drag has literally taken over mine and my family’s life but in the best way! Miles started dressing up with hair and make-up when he was just two years old.
‘Now when we go shopping it’s a much longer process because Miles wants to look at everything. I pick up one bottle of nail varnish and he’s already got five!’
Miles dreams of one day being on the show RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and despite his age, he’s already started to get prepared to take the crown.
‘His favourite queen’s include Cheryl Hole and Blu Hydrangea, however, he has a soft spot for Danny Beard who is one of the queen’s appearing on this year’s show.
‘Danny Beard has given Miles so much support and advice over the years so we’ll be backing him during this series for sure!’