When RuPaul’s Drag Race alumna Katya Zamolodchikova announced she would be taking a hiatus from drag in January, fans were concerned. The drag star had been open in the past about her former drug abuse and recovery from addiction, so fans were worried that the hiatus meant she had relapsed.
As it turns out, the fans were correct. In a discussion on his brand new podcast Whimsically Volatile, co-hosted by Craig MacNeil, Brian McCook, Katya’s real name, said that after a relapse in Australia and a “total psychotic break,” he admitted himself into rehab at the Serenity Care Center in Surprise, Arizona.
“I couldn’t tell what was real or not real,” McCook said. “I thought it was just a drug problem. No, mama.”
McCook detailed a number of drug-induced instances before attending rehab, including one where he was evicted from his home in Los Angeles after causing numerous disturbances. He ended up moving back home to Massachusetts, where he was reintroduced to meth. He added that he almost received a restraining order from someone close to him, and tried to “sock it to” another person close to him.
“It was rock bottom,” he said. “You have the bottom of the barrel, I was the sludge under the barrel.”
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
— Katya (@katya_zamo) March 19, 2018
While it’s still unknown when Katya will return to the stage, the celebrated queen tweeted out on Monday that she would be retitling her stage show “Help Me, I’m Dying” since “I am no longer dying.”
Listen to the full episode of Whimsically Volatile below: