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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Katya is taking a break from drag

Brian McCook made the announcement in an all-French Instagram Live

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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum Katya is taking a break from drag.

Katya, real name Brian McCook, opened up in an Instagram Live video, spoken entirely in French, about his need to take a break for his mental health.

“I’m tired, I’m exhausted, my brain doesn’t work anymore, because of the drugs, because of all the gigs,” McCook says. “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.”

McCook also assured fans that he’s putting his drug addiction recovery at the forefront.

“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,” McCook, who has been open about his struggles with drug addiction, says.

Katya made her debut on season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and would later compete on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2.” Katya stars in “The Trixie & Katya Show” with Trixie Mattel on Viceland. It returns Jan. 24.

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PHOTOS: PrEP for Pride

White Plains LGBTQ celebration held by Charles County Department of Health

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A scene from PrEP for Pride at the Charles County Department of Health in White Plains, Md. on May 18. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The second annual PrEP for Pride LGBTQIA+ Pride Festival was held on Saturday, May 18 on the campus of the Charles County Department of Health in White Plains, Md.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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PHOTOS: Capital Trans Pride

Annual event features workshops, vendors, awards

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Workshops and panel discussions were held throughout the day in the auditorium of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library during Capital Trans Pride on Saturday, May 18. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Capital Trans Pride was held at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library on Saturday, May 18. The day-long annual event included workshops, panel discussions, vendors, an awards ceremony and more.

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PHOTOS: Equality Prince William Pride

Third annual LGBTQ celebration held in Manassas, Va.

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Equality Prince William Pride 2024 kicks off at Harris Pavilion. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The third annual Equality Prince William Pride was held at the Harris Pavilion in Manassas, Va. on Saturday, May 18.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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