Katya Is Back And Reveals She Went To Rehab After Quitting Drag

Brian McCook has revealed in a new podcast that she went to rehab following a heart attack brought on by exhaustion.

Picture of Katya filming her podcast

RuPaul’s Drag Race star and one half of Unhhh Katya Zamolodchikova, has returned from a 2 month long hiatus revealing an episode of a new podcast titled Whimsically Volatile.

McCook has revealed that he went to rehab after announcing that he was taking a break from drag.

He said that he relapsed in Austrailia last year after All-Stars 2.

Suffering a “complete total psychotic break from reality”, he continued to do meth and confirmed he was detained by police earlier this year.

Landlords asked him to leave his Los Angeles home after complaints that he was being a disturbance.

He had a “significant cardiac event” at home brought on by “Wendy Williams level” exhaustion (when you work so much you pass out on the job).


“I couldn’t tell what was real or not real,” he said, saying he suffered from hallucinations.

He said he hit rock bottom when someone very close to home almost put a restraining order against him.

“I wasn’t being paid enough,” he said, explaining why he quit drag.

“I didn’t have enough time to sleep.”

He first returned to his mother’s home in Massachusetts for a week. But then he still got high. He then went to Serenity Care Center in Surprise, Arizona.

“It rocked my world,” he said, on new podcast Whimsically Volatile.

“I thought I just had a drug problem. It wasn’t just a drug problem.”

Brian hasn’t detailed when he will return to drag but he did tweet yesterday that his stage show which will probably be renamed will go ahead.

He said: “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”


Some of his fellow drag race queens from season 7 including Trixie, Pearl and Violet Chachki have shown their support for him.

Winner Violet Chacki told Gay Star News last week: “I talk to Katya at least once a week, sometimes more. She’s doing very well. She’s taking a break, resting.

She continues: “I’ve been saying no to a lot of stuff this year. I think a lot of girls are at the point where we’re like: “OK. We need to start saying no to things and taking breaks and taking care of ourselves.” I think Katya is a good example of that.”

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