RuPaul’s Drag Race star Katya: ‘The bitch is back’
RuPaul’s Drag Race star Katya Zamolodchikova has returned after a break to deal with personal difficulties.
Katya opened up about her mental health in an Instagram live stream several months ago and quit performing in the meantime.
The star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, who is known for being outspoken, today revealed she is to return.
Brian McCook, the man behind Katya, now says they are back.
With an image of Catwoman, Katya wrote: “The Bitch is Back”.
Opening up about his mental health struggle he wrote online: “I’m telling you this with a sense of urgency. I’m not dying. Let me tell you the truth.
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— Katya (@katya_zamo) March 18, 2018
“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 at the time, 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 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.
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