“The bitch is back.”
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star and fan-favourite Russian hooker, Katya Zamolodchikova, has announced her return to the spotlight following her hiatus earlier this year.
The season seven contestant told fans back in January that she will be taking a break from drag due to mental health issues.
“It was time to take a vacation, because my health, the drugs, my brain, that wasn’t good,” said Katya.
“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.”
She reiterated to fans: “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.”
In a tweet that has now amassed 91k likes, Katya announced her return with a gif of Michelle Pfeiffer in her iconic role as Catwoman in Batman Returns, alongside the caption: “The Bitch is Back.”
The Bitch is Back. pic.twitter.com/PjsjJBbDQI
— Katya (@katya_zamo) March 18, 2018
Fans on Reddit were quick to share their joy over her comeback.
Take a look at the best reactions below.
PhoenixHusky: It’s an off-season miracle! She is here to make these 5 days go by so fast!
DubeDuba: I have accepted that she could be gone for good. This is how being resurrected feels like.
SpidersAllOver: Katya watching all the AS3 plot twists and thinking – it needs just one more before season 10!
callmeclunt: I don’t know about you, miss kitty, but I’m feeling SO much yummier!
keanehoody: Trixie Wins and Katya Comes back? TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE BITCH.
helltothehaleyno: She should have waited until Easter Sunday, but I guess Brian isnt the messiah, he’s a very naughty boy.
jesusisabiscuitt: the trixya stans are eating GOOD this week.
Gooshiiggl: Just in time to steal Trixie’s thunder. Jk. I said Jk.
alaskahie: And life is suddenly right again.
conkerton: violet chachki scream COME THROUGHHHH. She’s back and I’m so proud to see it fake ru tear falls softly down my face.
nancyshrew: i am like screaming. yesterday i said if katya comes back from her drag hiatus that means i have to work on my masters thesis, and i dreamt of her lmao (im 25 and childish) and she did come back. i am officially insane.
Yurastupidbitch: I hope Brian is well-rested and ready to slay!
It is currently unknown whether Katya will be resuming the tour dates she had scheduled for this year, due to New Alex Theatre’s announcement that her UK tour – An Evening With Katya Zamolodchikova: Help Me, I’m Dying – had officially been postponed until 2019.
But don’t worry hennies, Gay Times will keep you updated.
Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres 22 March (this Thursday) on VH1, and on UK Netflix the day after.
Mama Ru said: “While preparing for season 10, I realized that one of our contestants was 11 years-old when we first launched Drag Race.
“The fact that we’re still here and still going strong is because of our talented queens. They are the heart and soul of the series. And as they continue to evolve and push the boundaries of drag, so does Drag Race.”
The season will feature 90 minute episodes and the return of Untucked on television, to celebrate ten years since Drag Race premiered.
Watch the queens slay the mother-tucking house down in trailer for RuPaul’s Drag Race season 10 below.