Katya quits Twitter as fellow RuPaul’s Drag Race stars send support
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Katya Zamolodchikova opened up about her mental health in an Instagram live stream this week.
The drag queen, who is known for being outrageously outspoken, announced that she is taking a break from drag to look after her mental health.
Now Katya has made the break from public life official after deleting Twitter.
Brian McCook, his real name, deleted his Twitter account this week.
“I’m telling you this with a sense of urgency. I’m not dying. Let me tell you the truth.
“I’m not dying, I want to live,’ he said on Instagram Live in an open letter spoken entirely in French.
“I’m a drug addict, but I’m sober. Today, and yesterday. And before. But I need to take a vacation, bcause I want to survive like Gloria Gaynor.”
Explaining the reason for quitting drag he said: “I’m a language student first, an artist second, a drag queen third. Health is the most important thing for me.”
He added: “I need to take a vacation because I’m tired, I’m exhausted, my brain doesn’t work anymore, because of the drugs, because of all the gigs, I believe you will understand.
“We’ll see, and I wish you a good day. Bye bye.”
Drag act Jackie Beat sent support, writing on Twitter: “Sending out nothing but LOVE today for my baby girl Katya who made the brave decision to put the well-being of herself before that of a fictional character.”
Beat added: “I am sad that we are not going on tour together, but this is far more important. Kisses, chess & matryoshka…”
Pearl, who appeared on Drag Race alongside Katya, sent “good vibes”.
“I can’t speak for Katya but I love and support her and can relate to her acknowledging the deterioration of her mental health.”
He added: “But lemme tell ya, there’s a long road from home to the stage and it can be dark and bleak and nobody is there to hold your hand through it or at least warn you.
“It’s not just dealing with the death of your hair and skin, relationships, personal space and the lack of sleep (which is all very important on its own), what is a bit harder to explain is why you have to add extra hours to your makeup routine because at some point you’ll need to stop and cry for no particular reason.”
Katya rose to fame in season seven of RuPaul’s Drag race when she placed fourth on the show.
Katya has previously admitted mental health struggles and drug addiction.
While participating in RuPaul’s podcast ‘What’s the T? With Michelle Visage’ in 2016, he revealed that he turned to drugs after suffering a nervous breakdown during his sophomore year.
Katya was not shy about admitting her anxiety on Drag Race. She was one year sober and was finding the process a struggle.
However, it wasn’t until episode 11 and the Hello Kitty challenge that her anxiety really came to head and she suffered an onset panic attack that was never aired.
Despite returning for All-Stars two as the same loud, brash, Russian drag queen that we saw and loved in season seven her confidence had drastically improved and thus she made it to the final.
Since leaving Drag Race Katya has only grown both as a drag queen and in confidence.
She hosted her own YouTube show UNHhhh with fellow season seven comedy queen Trixie Mattel where they discuss varying topics from love to children in 15-minute episodes.
Additionally, she tours the world, attends drag conventions globally, and stars in her own TV show on Viceland, The Trixie and Katya Show.