In an Instagram live video posted yesterday, Katya, the veteran drag performer who starred in two seasons RuPaul’s Drag Race, announced that she’s retiring from drag for now to take better care of herself. In the Katya retiring message (which she recorded entirely in French), she explained that she needs to clarify that she’s human, and that this is only something the French understand.
Though the Katya retiring video is no longer available online, an alleged transcript of the video on Reddit reports that Katya revealed, “I’m ok. I’m not dying because I want to live. But I need to take vacations, like a normal person. The people who are listening will understand, can understand.”
The Katya retiring announcement came as many fans noticed that she unfollowed Trixie Mattel, her Viceland series co-host, on social media.
Katya, who is sober, revealed she hasn’t broken her sobriety but that she risks doing so if she doesn’t take certain measures and prioritize her own self-care over anything else, even the drag that made her famous.
“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.”
Read the full Katya retiring message here:
Hi, it’s Katya. This is a message transmitted in French, if you’re not French this is not going to make any sense to you.
In French, I’m going to talk about David Lynch, and also about my health.
There is no emergency, there is no emergency. But I needed to take a little break. It was time to take a vacation, because my health, the drugs, my brain, that wasn’t good.
If you’re French, this will make perfectly sense.
I speak French, but I never have the opportunity to practice speaking French because I’m always busy, I’m always working. I work a lot.
But I am not crazy, you understand of course. I’m a language student first, an artist second, a drag queen third. Health is the most important thing for me.
You have to understand me. In the future, I need to take more vacations, I’m a person, I’m a human. You need to hear me.
Right now, this is not a crisis. I’m taking a vacation for me. I need to take a vacation. The sun is there, I’m happy. My health is here, I’m happy.
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 not arrogant, I’m intelligent.
I’m ok. I’m not dying because I want to live.
But I need to take vacations, like a normal person. The people who are listening will understand, can understand. And that’s all I wanted to say, that’s all. In French, because it’s the language of knowledge. All languages are languages of knowledge, but I speak in French because I need to speak slowly to speak correctly.
I don’t have a drug crisis right now, because I’m sober. I’m taking care of myself today. And that is the reason why I’m happy. But I need to choose carefully the projects that will not … you understand.
The most important is that I keep coming back.
I speak French because it’s a language I understand fluently, better than Russian, Spanish, and Japanese. That’s all.
In French, I need to say, I’m human. That’s all. It’s a joke for Americans, for French people, it’s not.
I love French, I’ve always loved French. I learned French because I love French. Today, right now, I tell you “bonjour.”
But 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 understand. We’ll see, and I wish you a good day. Bye bye.