‘The Bitch Is Back’: Rupaul’s Drag Race Star Katya Ends Her Hiatus

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RuPaul’s Drag Race star Katya Zamolodchikova has apparently ended her hiatus from drag, after announcing in January she was taking time off from performing.

The beloved star of RuPaul’s Drag Race and her own Trixie and Katya Show – with drag performer Trixie Mattel – cancelled all of her upcoming touring commitments earlier this year.

But Katya has returned to Twitter, at least, by posting an image of Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman and writing, “The Bitch is Back.”

She wrote in another tweet, “My stage show “Help Me I’m Dying” will likely be re-titled, mostly due to the fact that I am no longer dying. I can’t wait for you to see it. It is going to be incredible and I am quite sure you will all love it. Peace.”

The performer, whose real name is Brian McCook, previously opened up about his mental health and his past struggles with drug and alcohol addiction in January, announcing the hiatus in the name of self-care.

He said in an open letter delivered on Instagram in French, “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.

“I’m a drug addict, but I’m sober. Today, and yesterday. And before. But I need to take a vacation, because I want to survive like Gloria Gaynor.

“I’m a language student first, an artist second, a drag queen third. Health is the most important thing for me.”

He continued, “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.”

(Photo by Sean M Johnson)

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