Katya Zamolodchikova attends the Logo New Now Next Honors From Aspen Gay Ski Week on January 23, 2016 in Aspen, Colorado Source: Santiago Felipe/Getty Images for Logo

'Drag Race' Icon Katya Heads to Rehab, Delays Tour with Trixie Mattel

Kilian Melloy READ TIME: 2 MIN.

Sorry, fans: "RuPaul " queen Katya won't be joining fellow "Drag Race" alum Trixie Mattel on tour - at least, not quite yet. But she's doing something better, in prioritizing her health.

"The season 7 'Miss Congeniality' and 'All Stars 2' finalist revealed that she's seeking treatment for her struggles with addiction in an Instagram Reel shared on Tuesday," April 9, Entertainment Weekly reported.

Addressing viewers sans makeup, Katya offered a straightforward explanation for her decision.

"There's a saying for the active alcohol or drug addict," she notes. "The trajectory of the life course has three possible outcomes: A) Jail; B) Institutions; or C) Death. Unfortunately, I find myself squarely and firmly and quite uncomfortably in the B camp right now."

Katya went on to add: "But in an effort to make things good with you in the future, I've got to make things good with me right now."

The drag entertainer promised fans that "any rescheduled dates or potential loss of money will be rectified as swiftly and competently as possible.

"I've got to wiftly and competently rectify my ass right now."

Katya signed off by tahnking her fans for "your patience and compassion" - sentiments she reiterated in the post's caption, which read, "Thank you for your understanding and support."

The caption referred fans to the touring company, Obsessed, with questions.

The company indicated its own support for Katya as she embarks on her healing journey.

"When it comes to our talent, their mental and physical well being always has been and will remain our first priority," Obsessed posted at its own Instagram page.

"We wish Katya the best and send her our unwavering love and support as she navigates this step in her health."

Fans chimed in with well wishes of their own.

"The honesty and strength you're showing is so admirable," one person responded in the comments are of Katya's post. "You can do this ..."

Wrote another: "Thank you for being brave enough to share with us and tackle this obstacle face on. You are so incredible, and we're all rooting for you 💖".

"Please stay alive," a third implored the drag icon. "I can't think of a pithy, witty, funny way to say it. Just fucking stay alive. Make being happy & healthy cool. I love you."

"Katya has been candid about her mental health and drug addiction struggles since she first appeared on season 7 of 'Drag Race'," EW noted.

"She previously stepped away as cohost of Viceland's 'The Trixie & Katya Show' due to those struggles and ultimately sought treatment in 2018. The emotional fallout between the friends was chronicled in Trixie's 2019 documentary 'Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts'."

Added the entertainment outlet: "Upcoming tour dates from The Bald and Beautiful With Trixie and Katya stops in Albuquerque, N.M. and Sacramento, Calif. have been rescheduled for September."

All best wishes to Katya as she takes charge of her self care and her health!

by Kilian Melloy , EDGE Staff Reporter

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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