Dragworld UK, Katya, Katya's return
Dragworld UK, Katya, Katya's return

The Katya Comeback Is Happening Sooner Than We Thought, as She’ll Appear at DragWorld UK

Today via Twitter, Yekaterina Petrovna Zamolodchikova (aka Katya from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 and All Stars 2) announced an appearance at DragWorld UK, Europe’s largest celebration of drag, happening in London from Aug. 18–19, 2018. The scheduled appearance is taking place despite Katya stating earlier this year that he planned to go on a hiatus and wouldn’t perform in drag during 2018. Will the DragWorld UK appearance just be a one-off, or does it mark Katya’s return to drag? Let’s take a closer look.

In January 2017, via an Instagram live video, Katya (real name Brian McCook) announced he’d retire from drag to take better care of himself. In the message (which he recorded entirely in French), he explained that he needed to “clarify that he’s human,” and that this is only something the French understand.

In a follow-up message via Instagram, Katya clarified that first message:

Hi, my name is not Katya. I am Brian, a recovering drug addict and workaholic. I need to take some personal time for my mental health to heal and recover. All of my tours and shows will be postponed until 2019. Local venues will provide an update over the next several weeks. I love you all, and love is more powerful than money. 

Bob the Drag Queen, the Season 8 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, took over Katya’s slot on the Viceland show that McCook had been appearing in alongside fellow Drag Race alum Trixie Mattel.

Near the end of February, Violet Chachki, the Season 8 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, provided an update on McCook’s condition, stating, “Yes, I talk to Katya at least once a week, sometimes more. She’s doing very well. She’s taking a break, resting.”

In mid-March, McCook revealed he had voluntarily put himself in a rehabilitation center called Serenity Care Center in Surprise, Arizona, saying he suffered from hallucinations.

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“Layers of self and reality were intermingling and the borders between what was real and not real were completely porous and indistinguishable. Hallucinations, visions, auditory hallucinations,” McCook said. “Those are hysterical especially when they take place in the form of God.”

McCook also shared that a loved one had almost put a restraining order against him, and that he tried to physically attack another person he loves very much. “It was rock bottom,” he said.

The DragWorld UK appearance will mark Katya’s return to the drag world for the first time since McCook’s January statements. It suggests that his rehabilitation is proceeding and perhaps he’s ready to return to the stage.

Are you excited for Katya’s return at DragWorld UK? Sound off in the comments.